When the circus comes to town, the dream world comes to life, and Dutch design mastermind Marcel Wanders is right at home in this whimsical realm.
The Conservatorium Hotel, a melding of ancient and ultra-modern, falls not far short of perfect.
While the horns no longer sound and the tracks no longer rattle under the weight of approaching streetcars, the tram depot in Amsterdam’s emerging Oud-West neighbourhood remains as busy today as it was a century ago.
One of the main charms of central Amsterdam is its Renaissance architecture. Just northwest of Rembrandt Square—named after Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn—sits a prime example, the Pathé Tuschinski theatre.
The Russian Imperial court was a place of enormous opulence during the 18th and 19th centuries, especially at formal banquets. Tables groaned with crystal, silver, and gold, and as many as 300 different dishes. A taste of this is available at the Hermitage Amsterdam.
Though the birthplace of jeans may be some distance from Amsterdam, the Dutch city is left wanting for nothing thanks in large part to a small group of passionate connoisseurs.
SUMMER CYCLES: Inspired to create a smooth commute and eliminate the realities of spandex and uphill struggles, Dutch cycling company Vanmoof has introduced the 10 Electrified e-bike.
Netherlands-based Droog is a design company that’s been, at various times, a store, a consultancy, and an all-purpose think tank for new ideas in interiors, furniture, and more. In just the last few months, the group has become something else as well: a hotelier.
In April, Amsterdam welcomed the new location of the Eye Film Institute Netherlands. Its original residence in Vondelpark in the city centre was upgraded to a permanent address right on the banks of the IJ river just north of Central Station.