Mini Cruises: Weekend Escapes - Amsterdam
One of the great pleasures of living in the Europe is the close proximity of several other countries. This makes it possible for tourists to go on mini cruises to Europe onboard a DFDS Seaways ferry. In many cases, there is no need to arrange for significant time away from work since merely adding a day or two to a weekend yields plenty of time to take a brief holiday in places like Amsterdam.
Amsterdam for Tourists
One ideal city for a weekend escape is Amsterdam. The capital and largest metropolis in Holland, Amsterdam is a place where Vincent Van Gogh once lived. This heritage is captured in the most popular museum in the city. On permanent display are seminal works of the post-impressionist period, including Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters.
The Van Gogh Museum is located in an area known as Museumplein, which means Museum Square in Dutch. Near here, tourists can also visit the Rijksmuseum, which is dedicated to the preservation and display of Dutch art. Its collection of nearly a million objects contains several representative works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Jacob van Ruisdael.
Paintings, however, are far from the only attraction to be found in the Rijksmuseum. Just as important is the collection of decorative art, which contains everything from fine dinnerware to the large-scale doll’s houses popular among the aristocracy during the 17th century.
Historical Sites in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has played a vital role in European history. Key parts of this history can be viewed in the Verzetsmuseum, which explores the Resistance movement against Nazi occupation in the 1940s, and the Anne Frank Huis, where Anne Frank hid while she wrote her world famous Diary of Anne Frank, telling of her experiences as a Dutch Jew during World War II.