Anne Frank is synonymous with the city of Amsterdam. This young girl and her family hid from Nazi forces at Prinsengracht 263 for over two years but they eventually were discovered. She and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she died. While in hiding Anne kept a diary. This was subsequently discovered by her father who survived the camp and was sent to a publisher. It became a world wide phenomenon and was translated into numerous languages as well as influencing a number of screen plays and theatre productions. Today the Anne Frank Huis is a memorial to this terrible period, including many of her own belongings on display, a map where her father monitored the progress of the Allies and an exhibition on the holocaust.
The Van Gogh Museum is a must if one wishes to discover more about the life and times of Vincent Willem van Gogh. This brilliant but very troubled artist sliced a section off one of his ears during one particularly notorious period of insanity. He also endured many very dark periods that resulted in alcoholism, psychosis, self harm and eventually led to his killing himself. Despite these episodes – or maybe as a result of them – he produced a large number of globally famous works, such as Sunflowers. The museum has a range of temporary and permanent exhibitions that attract many thousands of visitors every year.
There are over 250 hotels in Amsterdam, ranging from 1 star right up to top quality 5 star accommodation, so there is no shortage of options for every budget. Many hotels have that something that makes them unique or special, such as extraordinary architecture, historical importance, brilliant design or beautiful décor. Others are noted for their friendliness and service, and a large number have been designated as sustainable due to their following exacting criteria. These hotels are awarded the Green Key logo, which advertises their awareness of their environmental obligations.
Another very popular option is the hostel. Here, you can get quality accommodation at a fraction of the price that you would normally pay for a hotel. The choice is yours; opt for a shared dorm (mixed or single gender), family or private room with shared or private bathrooms and maintain complete control over your expenditure. Some hostels will provide towels, while others will offer a rental service, so it is a good idea to put in a bit of research before you book your room to ensure you know what to expect. Hostels also have the advantage of being very sociable places, where you can meet new travelling buddies or form lifelong friendships with kindred spirits. This is particularly useful if you are travelling solo and wish to share experiences or advice.
Amsterdam Netherlands is located in the North West of the country, in a province called North Holland. It is a city crammed full of incredible architecture and museums displaying the work of the great masters. In contrast, you will find it difficult to find a European capital city that has such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The airport that serves Amsterdam is a major European hub. There is a direct train line from inside the airport to the city center, and this station also links to all the major cities within Europe. As you step from the station you will see the trams, metro and buses that make up an efficient local transport system. It is possible to buy tickets that are accepted on them all, for durations ranging between an hour and a month.