Surroundings

AMSTERDAM 

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has its origins in the 12th Century. It was granted city rights in 1300. It made its mark as a trading post, and the city's ever present water had a major part in this development. Amsterdam is also known for its beautiful historic centre with its charming canals and plentiful shopping streets. Amsterdam has a number of special museums, and other interesting sights of international fame.www.iamsterdam.com

MUSEUMS

Van Gogh Museum A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th century art history. www.vangoghmuseum.nl

Rijksmuseum
With close on one million objects Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch masters, with twenty Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.www.rijksmuseum.nl

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank house is a museum with an impressive history. This is the house where Anne Frank and her family were hidden and where she wrote her diary during World War II. www.annefrank.org

The Rembrandt House Museum
In the Rembrandt House you will see how the famous painter lived his life and how he painted. Rembrandt's paintings were made in this house. www.rembrandthuis.nl

Madame Tussaud's
In Madame Tussaud's you can meet celebrities from all over the world. www.madametussauds.nl

Artis
In 1838, one of the Netherlands' best known zoos opened its doors. Over the years, the zoo has grown and today accommodates different ape varieties, small mammals, nocturnal animals, reptiles, hoofed animals, elephants, predators and birds. There is also an insect house, an African savannah, and an impressive aquarium. Likewise, Artis does not neglect the arts, and also contains a geological museum, a children's farm, a planetarium and zoological museum. In short, Artis is well worth a visit. www.artis.nl