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My Weekend in Amsterdam – Part 1 – Places to see…❤️🇳🇱

April 29, 2016

Amsterdam is a wonderful place to visit for a weekend with or without the little ones. From London the flight is only around 50minutes so you are about to land quite soon after take off.


I love short journeys with weekends away as I’m so desperate to get there and explore as soon as possible.

The city of Amsterdam began as a small village on the banks of the river Amstel in the 13th Century, and because of it’s progress in trade and commerse it grew to become a major hub. Today Amsterdam is the cultural capital of the Netherlands. It has numerous museums, art galleries, restaurants and cafes which attract visitors from all over the world.


My dear husband and I were lucky enough to enjoy two nights of complete freedom. I normally chose Paris as my escape when I have these chances, but this time we wanted to see somewhere new and I had never been to Amsterdam. 

The one place I have always wanted to visit ever since I was a little girl was the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, so this was an extra reason to chose this city.

The architecture is just amazing, the tall houses that line the Amstel and the many canals is a sight to behold.

Here are a few of the places we enjoyed visiting during our stay –

Museums

Anne Frank House – A Museum with a Story. A very important story indeed. I have already dedicated one post to this amazing place. It is unmissable and I think it is a place which will leave you in thought for a very long time to come.

Museum Van Loon – First built in 1672 this majestic home was first inhabited by the painter Ferdinand Bol, Rembrandt’s famous pupil. The Van Loon family has been closely associated with Amsterdam for over 400years. Willem van Loon was a cofounder of the Dutch East India Company, and his grandson was the mayor of Amsterdam. The house was bought by the family in 1884 as a wedding present for their son Willem Hendrik van Loon.


Today the house is a wonderful glimpse into how the upper class lived in Amsterdam over the years. The rooms, kitchen and even coach house is intact. In fact the van Loon family still occupy the upper floors.

Be sure to see the beautifully kept gardens and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake at the coach house.

Rembrandt House Museum – This is a historic house and art museum where painter Rembrandt lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656. The 17th-century interior has been reconstructed and you can wonder around at your leisure. A very interesting place to see how the great painter lived.

Rijks Museum – A wonderful building located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South. This is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. Along the masterworks like Rembrandt’s “Night watch”, several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen, the museum has truly exceptional collection of the antique objects of the material Dutch culture, vast collection of prints, drawings and the classic photography.

My next post with be about places to eat & drink in amazing Amsterdam ❤️😘 coming soon ….xxx

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