Hello to all design lovers! Hope your weekend was great – ours sure was, especially with the summer almost here!
Today I wanted to show you the city of Amsterdam and why you should visit it – trust me, it’s truly magical!
Here are some reasons to visit the magical city; here we go:
A Floating City is Truly Magical
Most people who’ve never even been to Amsterdam have at least heard about its canals. They are certainly worth seeing, as the 165 waterways create a seemingly floating city of 90 islands connected by 1,281 bridges. A canal cruise is a must-do activity in Amsterdam; and just walking the winding, narrow streets along the waters will give you a sense of the magic this city possesses.
You’ll Get One of Europe’s Best Visual History Lessons
With more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments and dating from the 16th to the 20th century, Amsterdam boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe. The towering, sturdy warehouses and elegant homes built by wealthy merchants during Holland’s Golden Age (the 17th century) line the city’s canals and are perhaps its most distinguishing architectural features.
Unique, World-class Museums Abound
Take your pick: see the works of Dutch masters and treasures of a time when Amsterdam was the richest city in the world at the Rijksmuseum; learn about the styles and secrets of the man who could be considered Holland’s most interesting painter at the Van Gogh Museum; or walk through the tiny annex that a group of eight called home for two years during Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War II at the Anne Frank House. These are among the top museums in Amsterdam, but there are nearly 50 more to teach, entertain or move you.
Amsterdam is a shopping paradise. From flea markets, art and antiques, trendy department stores to chic boutiques, Amsterdam has it all! As a trade center for many centuries you can still experience this in many places. The world’s only floating flower market is in Amsterdam.
The city will quickly capture you in its spell, especially at night, when many of the more than 1,200 bridges spanning the 160 canals are lit with tiny lights that give them a fairy-tale appearance.
Last but not least
Perhaps Amsterdam’s greatest asset is its inhabitants. Many speak English fluently and virtually all are friendly to visitors. Plop yourself down amid the nicotine-stained walls of a brown cafe to enjoy a beer or a jenever (gin), and you’ll soon find yourself chatting with an amiable Amsterdammer.
So, folks, what are you waiting for? I’ve been there and trust me, it’s a magical place!
Have a wonderful week!