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Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and one of the
most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is nicknamed the ‘Venice
of the North’ because of its numerous, scenic canals that criss-cross the
city, over 1200 bridges and its remarkable 16th century
architecture. Amsterdam assumes a focal point in the European cultural
identity because it is home to more than 6000 historic mansions and
buildings that date back to 16th century and are associated with
160 canals and eight wooden bascule bridges.
Things to do in Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum ranks as number one in the list of tourist attraction in
Amsterdam because of its truly remarkable art collection. Founded in 1809,
it features one of the country’s best collections of rare art and
antiquities amounting to about seven million works. This fantastic number
includes over 5000 important paintings and over 35000 books and
Anne Frank Museum
The Anne Frank Museum is home to the haunting and heart-wrenching memoirs
of Anne Frank, a Holocaust victim who bid goodbye to the world at a tender
age of 15 years. Born to a Jew family, Anne wrote a descriptive and
harrowing account in her diary of the atrocities carried out by Nazi
Germany against the Jewish populace during the Second World War. This house
was her home and hiding place before she was found out and prosecuted.
Van Gogh Museum
Dedicated to the eminent 19th-century Dutch Post-Impressionist artist
Vincent Van Gogh, the Vincent Gogh Museum is the second most visited museum
in the Netherlands. It was opened in 1973 and features the world's largest
collection of the maestro’s paintings, equivalent to over 200 paintings,
500 drawings, and 700 personal letters.
Best Time to Visit Amsterdam
The best time to book flights from Boston to Amsterdam is between April and
May, and between September & November. Make sure to book your Amsterdam
flights in advance to avoid paying more at the last minute.