If we were going on a weekend in Amsterdam?
The Frozen Foutain
A peaceful and cosmopolitan city, Amsterdam upsets clichés. The old docks, inherited from a long seafaring past, have become great areas of experience for architects and designers. Maison Française Magazine invites you to discover its selection of ideas for weekends and outings in Amsterdam.
We go on weekends or holidays for its canals, its gabled houses, its museums, and we also discover another Amsterdam, a city of the future. You have to see Renzo Piano Science Center Nemo, Jo Coenen's Oba Library, the old, ultra-hardened, eastern docks. A ferry leads to NDSM Island, a disused shipyard. An unreal decor that combines an Art Factory, containers reconverted student housing, a hotel built in a crane ...
1. Stroll along the canals in Amsterdam
Dutch Tourist Office.
165 channels crisscross the city. Those of Jordaan, the former working-class district, are named after flowers. They are four, sublime, to enclose the historic center. On Gouden Bocht, a section of the Herengracht canal, line up the homes of the rich merchants of the Golden Age.
2. Explore the eastern islands during his stay in Amsterdam
Dutch Tourist Office.
In Java, see the ultramodern houses, but as narrow as in the seventeenth century. The red bridge (photo) that connects Sporenburg to Borneo. In Sporenburg, the extravagant Lloyd Hotel and, in Borneo, the inventive cubic architecture are worth the detour.
3. Have fun at the Eye, an unusual address in Amsterdam
Dedicated to the 7th Art, it is since 2012 the building-lighthouse of the North. Designed by Delugan Meissl, The Eye (a half-closed eye) offers four cinemas, exhibitions, interactive games, restaurants ...
4. Visit the Anne Frank Museum, a must in Amsterdam
In July 1942, Otto and Edith Frank shut themselves up with their two daughters in an annex at 267 Prinsengracht. Everything is there: Anne's room, her objects, her posters and even the precious manuscript of her Diary.
5. Spend time in a "white" café in Amsterdam
Bright, they are called white unlike brown cafes walls blackened by time. Our favorite: De Jaren, for its terraces on the Amstel (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20).
6. Be seduced by the design dutch during a weekend in Amsterdam
Uncompromising, this design has its stars: Marcel Wanders, Piet Hein Eek, Hella Jongerius or Joris Laarman. To rediscover at Droog (Staalstraat 7), Moooi (Westerstraat 187), The Frozen Fountain (Prinsengracht 645), photo.
Van Gogh honored in 2015 in the museums of Amsterdam
125 years after his death, the painter is more present than ever. The Van Gogh Museum (200 paintings, 500 drawings, 800 letters) offers a fascinating journey in the work and the psyche of the man with the cut ear. In September, the exhibition "Munch: Van Gogh" will reveal disturbing affinities. At the Rijksmuseum, another genius is celebrated with the exhibition "Rembrandt, the years of fullness" (until 17 May 2015). holland.com
Vincent Van Gogh.
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam / Vincent Van Gogh Foundation.