Netherlands had long fascinated me. So when I was told that our annual company training will be held in the capital city, Amsterdam, I was beyond ecstatic. An all paid company trip to one the most beautiful and interesting cities of the world, it could not get any better than that. My four day training naturally kept me occupied, which I had foreseen before even getting there. Good thing I had taken four extra days off from work to discover Netherland’s most famous city. The trip had an amazing start with our partner travel agent offering us cheap last minute business class tickets that fit the company’s approved budget. In our fancy business class cabins, my colleagues and I flew to Amsterdam in style. For those who like me are planning to visit Amsterdam on a short trip, listed below are the destinations I loved and recommend.
Van Gough Museum
Being a major art fan, I try to visit every art museum around the world. I was totally blown away by the art pieces showcased in the Van Gough Museum. The museum features some of Van Gough’s best and most unique pieces.
Any chance to discover unique art, history and culture should never be forgone. So if you are in Amsterdam, you must visit the Rijksmuseum. Housed in a magnificent 19th century building, this Dutch museum features art pieces and historical artifacts. With a vibrant and diverse collection, the museum receives millions of visitors annually. The museum is located in an area called the Museum square. After you visit Rijksmuseum and Van Gough museum, you can visit Concertgebouw (concert hall) and Stedelijk Museum (modern and contemporary art) as they are at a walking distance.
Ann Frank House
This place is dedicated to Ann Frank, the Jewish diarist who recorded the horrors of World War. It is the same house where she and her family hid from Nazi persecution. Showcasing Ann Frank’s life as well as highlighting all major events from that time period, visiting the Ann Frank house is truly a learning experience.
Amsterdam is truly a green and pleasant city to visit with a great number of parks. Vondelpark, spread across more than a hundred acres offers a beautiful and exciting time for all visitors. The park includes an open air theatre too. If you get a chance to catch a movie, please do so because I did and it was a great experience.
Royal Palace of Amsterdam
One of the three major Palaces in Netherlands, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam dates back to the 17th century. It is truly an iconic landmark and one of the most popular sites in all of Europe. The interior of the Palace is as remarkable as its exterior.
The canals are a distinct feature of Amsterdam so what’s a visit without getting a canal boat ride or visiting one of the adorable canal markets. The Singel canal is also home to the famous flower markets operating on floating boats.
Amsterdam is every bit as wonderful and interesting as it is portrayed. One day I hope to return to explore more of its sights and sounds. Meanwhile you better get around to planning your first trip.