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Museum Guide to Leiden

Thursday April 17, 2014

The city of Leiden, South Holland, is renowned not only as the seat of the country's oldest university, but also as the location of no fewer than 12 excellent museums. Find out which ones to visit on your trip in this Museum Guide to Leiden.

A Petite Crêperie on Haarlemmerstraat

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Not far from the previous post's West-Indisch Huis (West India House) is Crêperie Le Berger, which turns out excellent wheat- and buckwheat-flour crêpes on Haarlemmerstraat - an ideal spot for a quick lunch or snack for pedestrians on the attraction-filled street. Read my full review of the crêperie here on Amsterdam Travel.

Dutch Architecture 101: The West India House

Thursday April 10, 2014

The West-Indisch Huis (West India House), an attractive 17th-century house on a square off Haarlemmerstraat, was the very spot where the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the island of Manhattan - and thereby found the colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. See this historic site on a trip down colorful Haarlemmerstraat.

Dutch Architecture 101: The Weigh House

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Situated on the Nieuwmarkt, the lively square at the heart of Amsterdam Chinatown, De Waag (The Weigh House) represents the oldest secular architecture that survives in Amsterdam. Read more about its storied past.

Dutch Architecture 101: The Shipping House

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Just a few minutes' walk to the southeast of Amsterdam Central Station is a milestone in the city's architecture: the Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House), a masterpiece of the Amsterdam School of architecture. The former office complex, now a five-star hotel, can be admired from outside or inside: visitors can stop in for a meal or drink at the hotel restaurant or bar.

April in Amsterdam

Friday March 28, 2014

April is one of the most eventful and - for that reason - most popular months to visit the Netherlands, with attractions from the tulips at Keukenhof to the holiday formerly known as Queen's Day - now King's Day (Konigsday), celebrated on April 25. Read more about what to expect from April in Amsterdam.

Try Dutch Breads and Pastries at These Top Bakeries

Thursday March 27, 2014

Bakeries in the Netherlands often fall into one of two sorts - normal bakkerijen, which bake bread, and banketbakkerijen, which turn out pastries and sweets. Find the best of both worlds with this list of favorite Amsterdam bakeries.

Dutch Destination Line-Up

Tuesday March 25, 2014

In the mood for a day or weekend trip to discover the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam? I've profiled dozens of fantastic destinations here on Amsterdam Travel; find an index of Dutch cities from A to Z, complete with tourism and accommodation information, here.

Discover Antwerp, Belgium's "Second" City

Monday March 24, 2014

Antwerp (Dutch: Antwerpen) has an atmosphere that's equal parts Brussels and Amsterdam, with the worldly, cosmopolitan feel of the former and the quaint, laid-back character of the latter. Just a 2.5-hour train ride from Amsterdam, it's a perfect choice for visitors who want to add an excursion south of the border to their Netherlands itinerary. Make it happen with these instructions on how to reach Antwerp from Amsterdam.

Visit Western Germany from the Netherlands

Friday March 21, 2014

The Netherlands shares a border with Germany, and while some cities are still a fair distance from the Netherlands thanks to Germany's considerable size, the west of the country is eminently reachable from Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, especially those in the eastern Netherlands. In fact, two of my favorite German cities to visit are just over the border: find out how (and why) to visit Köln and Düsseldorf from the Netherlands.

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