Amsterdam, known as the most liberal and non-judgmental city in Europe. I’m sure when someone mentions Amsterdam, the first thing you think of are Red Light Districts and Coffee shops and when you head there the first time, these things are must-sees and things that you need to experience. But having been in Amsterdam before, we decided to do the more cultural things like museums. There is lots to see and do in Amsterdam and for that reason, we decided to do more of a photo diary of our time in Amsterdam and allow that to speak for itself (TL).
We headed to Amsterdam from Berlin via train and what an experience. Firstly being able to hear all the different accents, families having conversations and just enjoying the views as you pass through the countries, really is a treat! It was a 7-hour train ride, but the time really flew by! I also love how you can see the difference in the countries as you head from the one to the next. As we headed into Amsterdam I got so excited – this isn’t my first time in Amsterdam and again I got the same feeling I get everytime I get here. I feel like a child at Christmas, very excited and so keen to just walk everywhere, watch everyone on their bikes and enjoy the energy of this great city (TL).
The Rijks museum is the largest museum in the country and in 2014 it had a record number of visitors: 2.45 million! This museum was founded in 1800 in The Hague. It moved to Amsterdam in 1805 and the current building opened its doors in 1885. It has 8000 objects of art and history on display, like masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer (TL).
Van Gogh museum:
Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), his paintings, drawings and letters from and to his brother. It is considered one of the 25 most popular museums in the world, you can imagine that there are many visitors so I urge you to pre-book your tickets, the queues are really long. I consider myself very fortunate to have seen the ‘Sunflowers’! I’m not very knowledgeable about art, but I can tell you that this painting has so much feeling, movement and life – bucketlist ticked! I really would’ve loved to see ‘The Starry Night’ but that is currently at the MoMA in New York. Perhaps this means a trip to NY… 😉 (TL)
Banksy & Andy Warhol Exhibitions:
I studied Art History so the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum are always part of the itinerary when I’m in Amsterdam because no matter how many times you see these pieces, it’s still as fascinating as the first time. I also feel like Mrs Reed would be telepathically judging me if I passed up on that opportunity.
However Contemporary Art is what really turns me on as of late and by pure fluke this Banksy and Warhol exhibition were happening at the same time that we where in Amsterdam, so that was a major bonus. Both artists changed the game as far as Pop Art and Graffiti/ Street art is concerned and if there’s ever a Contemporary Art Hall of fame, they would be sitting right up there in the top 10 (AM).
Whilst this was only the second city on the trip and there’s still so much more to experience on the holiday, Girlfriend and I both unanimously agree that Amsterdam is looking very good for a top 3 highlight. This says a lot for a city that we have both been to multiple times. One just does not get enough of the place and we will most certainly be back again (AM).