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Amsterdam Travel Guide

Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh

The Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Jump start your day with breakfast at De Bakkerswinkel. Famous for its bread and baked goods, the restaurant operates three branches around the city. Afterwards, head over to the world's only floating flower market. Located on the Singel canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein squares, the houseboat is filled with tulips, narcissus and other flowers, creating a patchwork of saturated hues and heady aromas.

Increase your floral knowledge by visiting the Amsterdam Tulip Museum to learn all about the Dutch tulip craze in the 17th century (the Dutch were not the first tulip nuts — that honor goes to the rulers of the Ottoman Empire, whose lavish palaces in Istanbul were the first laboratory of tulip cultivation).

The Amsterdam Tulip Museum in the Netherlands features exhibits and films dedicated to the tulip

Across from the Tulip Museum is the Anne Frank House. Published in virtually every language, the Diary of Anne Frank chronicles the Jewish teenager's two years spent with her family hiding from the Nazis in a tiny attic apartment. That apartment and its secret annex open to the public at 9 a.m. daily. Arrive early, as it quickly fills with tourists. For lunch, hop into the nearby Het Pannenkoekenhuis and choose from more than 70 different pancakes (omelets, too), with fillings ranging from basic ham and cheese to chorizo and cinnamon liqueur.

Next, grab a tram to the Rijksmuseum, which went through the biggest rebuilding, renovation and modernization program in its history. The paintings by the great masters of the 17th century — Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer and Rembrandt — have a provisional new home in the Philips Wing. For many of these works, this is the first time they have left their usual place in the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt's The Night Watch, for example, has rarely left the Pierre Cuypers-designed main building since it opened in 1885.

The entrance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art lovers should make a stop at the Hermitage Amsterdam. Founded to bring the grandeur of Russia's artistic heritage to one of the West's most charming capitals, the Hermitage often hosts temporary collections of international artists on loan from their permanent homes.

For dinner, head to one of Amsterdam's long-time outposts of culinary excellence near Museumplein and Vondelpark. Le Garage is housed in a former garage from the 1950s and serves a three-course, prix-fixe menu of celebrity restaurateur Joop Braakhekke's fusion cuisine.

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*Images courtesy of The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions

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