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2019 The Year of Rembrandt in the Netherlands (events & exhibitions)

De Waag building in Amsterdam

2019 is quite a special year in the art world. We’re celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s death. There are still many places related to Rembrandt in the Netherlands that could be seen and visited today. To celebrate a famous Dutch painter, many special exhibitions, events and art tours are going to be organised this year. And here is a list with all of them. Who was Rembrandt? Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the best known Dutch painters. He lived during the most prosperous time of Dutch history, during its Golden Ages. He became famous, very young,…

Visiting Kröller-Müller Museum (how to get there & some other useful tips)

Visiting Kröller-Müller Museum

If I would be writing a list of five best museums in the Netherlands, Kröller-Müller Museum would definitely have a place on it. Located in a beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo and being home to the second largest collection of Van Gogh’s work in the world, it’s a museum that shouldn’t be missed. Here is a short guide for visiting the Kröller-Müller Museum, with the best ways of travelling there and some other useful tips. Kröller-Müller Museum Kröller-Müller is a museum of modern and contemporary art with more than 20,000 art pieces in its collection. It’s a great…

Best Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

Boats on an canal in Amsterdam

One of the first things coming to anyone’s mind when thinking of Amsterdam are its beautiful canals. There are songs written about them, more than 1,500 bridges crossing them and they are depicted on probably every single postcard from Amsterdam. The best way to explore them is on a boat, so I’ve made here a little guide with the best canal cruises in Amsterdam and some interesting facts about those famous canals. Best Canal Cruises in Amsterdam There are so many different canal cruises in Amsterdam to choose from, it could be hard to pick the best one. However, after…

Creative Workshop in Amsterdam: Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy workshop in Amsterdam - introduction papers

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get more creativity in my every day life. So, I was on a lookout for some creative workshops in Amsterdam lately. And when I learned about the Modern Calligraphy Workshop organised by Oh Pretty Paper, I immediately signed in for it. Art Saturday in Amsterdam Coffee & cake at Back to Black It was the weekend before our trip to Dublin, and Marijan was flying with Karlo to Croatia. So, I had the whole day for myself. I’ve decided to make a creative day in Amsterdam, out of it.…

Haarlem Travel Guide – Things to do in Haarlem

Saint Bavo church in Haarlem

If you’re looking for a lovely Dutch town to visit on a day trip from Amsterdam, go to Haarlem. Located only twenty minutes from the Dutch capital, it’s a charming town, filled with history, beautiful architecture and some quite nice restaurants. Since I live there for the last three years, you can almost consider this being a local’s Haarlem Travel Guide. Here’s a bit about its history, best museums, cafes and things to do in Haarlem. Haarlem Travel Guide How to get to Haarlem from Amsterdam Haarlem is located only twenty minutes by train from Amsterdam. Trains are departing every…

Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam – Visiting romantic restaurant and some other ideas

De Waag and the canal in Amsterdam

With its old city charm, illuminated bridges and dreamy canals, Amsterdam is such a romantic city. I spent a wonderful romantic evening in Amsterdam with my husband a few days ago. We went on a canal cruise, had dinner at the most romantic restaurant in Amsterdam, In de Waag, and took a walk around de Wallen neighbourhood. I have also included some other romantic things you can do during your Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam, at the end of this post. My perfect Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam Walk around de Wallen neighbourhood My favourite neighbourhood in Amsterdam is de Wallen, so we’ve…