Amsterdam’s Canals Turn 400!
Amsterdam is a great city to visit any time, but this year, 2013, brings greater inducements to put the city on your itinerary.
*2013 is the four-hundredth anniversary of the famous Amsterdam canals—in 1613, three main parallel canals were constructed outside the walls of the inner medieval city. Powerful and wealthy merchants built their beautiful homes along these canals, and we can still admire those buildings today as we glide along the water in a canal boat or as we stroll the narrow canal-side streets.
*The world-famous Concertgebouw Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 125th anniversary with many special performances.
*The Rijksmuseum re-opened in mid-April after an almost decade-long renovation. It’s the country’s biggest museum and houses masterpieces by Dutch artists Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals, such as “The Night Watch” and “The Kitchen Maid”. *The Van Gogh Museum re-opened in May. In fact, this year is the first time in many years that all the museums on Museumplein (Museum Square) are open at the same time.
* The Amsterdam Zoo turns 175.
We were lucky enough to be there in June and I’ll cover some of the city’s attractions in the next few weeks.