Weekend in Amsterdam along its canals
One hundred kilometers canals, ninety islands, one thousand five hundred bridges and one thousand five hundred fifty historical buildings make of Amsterdam one of Unesco World Heritage sites. Its canals, called Grachten, were digged all along the 17TH century. Each canal is concentrical to another one and their common center is the Dam’s wide square with the Koninklijk Paleis home of Netherlands monarchs. Three main canals cross the historical centre of Amsterdam, the Herengracht, the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht, they are all part of a bigger canal, the Singelgracht. For your short two days holiday, rent an apartment in Amsterdam overlooking the peaceful waters of the river Amstel by the Singelgracht and get ready for a sensational weekend in Netherlands.
Discover Amsterdam from a boat
Everything in Amsterdam is about water. Water of the river Amstel, water of the Gratchen, water of the North Sea sailed by rich Dutch merchants trading diamonds and fine silks all over the world. This is why a good visit of Amsterdam has to be carried out on the water by boat. All along the Singelgracht to Visserplein and the Dam’s discover this unique town and its peaceful and cool lifestyle. Both banks of the canals proudly show to the sailing visitor the rich buildings belonging to Dutch merchants with their stunning and colorful fronts. The most beautiful ones are in the area of Gouden Bocht, the golden curve on the Herengracht. They were all built between 16th century and 17th century, the so called Golden Age of Dutch trade and political power when Amsterdam was the wealthiest town in the world. At that time Dutch ships sailed from Amsterdam all over the seas from India, Indonesia to Brazil, Africa and North America. Trading companies like Dutch East India Company and Dutch West India Company were created in Amsterdam as well as the First Stock Exchange in the world. Rent a loft in Amsterdam on the Zwanenburgval canal by the houses of the philosopher Spinoza and of the famous painter Rembrandt. Stop at Prinsengracht to visit Anna Frank Museum from where you will start an itinerary on the steps of Dutch Jews diaspora with the visit of the Jewish Museum and of the Esnoga, wooden Portuguese Synagogue built in 1675 in Visserplein. Even the Nazi would refrain from putting it to fire and stood back in front of the majesty of this religious building. Visit the famous art collections of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedeliik Museum. For your weekend rent a holiday flat in Amsterdam by the Van Gogh Museum and enjoy music festivals, happenings and events in the area nearby.
Brouwersgracht canal and its floating houses
Brouwersgracht canal was the entrance gate of ships coming back to Amsterdam from Asia loaded with silks, spices and jewels. Its ancient docks were all converted to exclusive residential flats, penthouses, duplex apartments and studios. Along the banks of the Brouwersgracht ancient boats were converted to lovely floating houses and they are available for rent during week-ends, holidays or even for longer periods. Booking a vacation rental or a floating house in Amsterdam on the Brouwersgracht canal is an experience you will never forget. Don’t forget however that the area is very expensive due to its very special character of ancient harbor and exclusive residential district.
« Leef en laat leven »: Amsterdam land of freedom and tolerance
Live and let live, this is the secret of Amsterdam cool and friendly lifestyle. Holland was the first country in Europe to legalize cannabis. A lot of marijuana friendly coffee shops are spread all along the banks of the canals offering not only usual food and drinks but also cannabis joints. A holiday home in Amsterdam will allow you to experience its liberal atmosphere and live among very cool people who just love spending an afternoon talking music or arts in a coffee shop on the canal. Tolerant and free Amsterdam has offered a monument to its homosexual community, the Homomonumenkt on the Keizersgracht. Needless to say that night life in liberal Amsterdam is very exciting: bars, night clubs, lapdance, disco lounges just grow everywhere in the town and their very hot backstages could tell thousands of well kept secrets. For your weekend in Amsterdam, you can stay in a studio or an apartment rental in Rosse Buurt the red light district in Walletjes. Holland has legalized not only drugs but also prostitution therefore don’t be surprised to walk along the canals of Rosse Buurt and see beautiful ladies naked in the shops’ windows because this is all very legal in tolerant Amsterdam. After a pleasant dinner in a Neerlands Dis, typical Netherlands restaurant serving local food, enjoy your evening in Amsterdam. Let the liberal spirit of this unique town drive you. You will discover that the night here can be very very hot!
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