There is no shortage of great museums in Amsterdam and first on our list is the popular Rijksmuseum which houses many of Rembrandt’s extraordinary paintings. Expect to find plenty of his self-portraits here, as well as many portraits of notable residents from Amsterdam. The masterpiece of his collection, “The Night Watch” which is quite large in size is also located here at the Rijksmuseum. An interesting fact is that “The Night Watch” was actually painted on the first floor of the oldest hotel in Amsterdam, the NH Doelen hotel. Het Joodse Bruidje (The Jewish Bride) is also one of Rembrandt’s masterpieces that you will find here at Rijksmuseum.
Situated inside a house in which the famous Dutch painter lived between 1639 and 1656, the Rembrandt House Museum is one of the must-visit museums in Amsterdam. Rembrandt needed to take a huge loan in order to buy this house, but his desire for expensive things like rarities, paintings, and antiquities led him to bankruptcy in the end. Today, the Rembrandt House Museum houses many of his prints and its 17th-century interior has been reconstructed. You will also come across many of Rembrandt’s etchings here at the Rembrandt House Museum.
When it comes to clubbing in Amsterdam, Rembrandtplein Square is one of the busiest squares in the capital of the Netherlands. This place used to be a dairy and butter market, but today it serves as a place where both tourists and locals come to dine at restaurants and shop at small boutiques. In the evening, Rembrandtplein Square becomes a major hotspot of nightlife in Amsterdam in addition to other party spots like Leidseplein and the infamous Red Light District.
4. Rembrandt Hoeve
Dotted with farms and windmills and located in the suburbs of Amsterdam just a 10-minute drive from the city center, this traditional farm specializes in making clogs and cheese and dates back to the 15th century. Here, the famous Gouda cheese is made the traditional way and Rembrandt Hoeve is open to travelers seven days a week. You can also actually see how they make their Dutch cheese. As for the clog factory, Rembrandt Hoeve makes handmade wooden shows for more than 30 years. From the traditional old-Dutch wooden shoes to brightly colored shoes, their fabulous workshop has it all.
5. Rembrandt Tour
One of the best ways to experience the city of Amsterdam is by going on a guided tour of the city. Rembrandt Tour Amsterdam offers 4 amazing types of tours which include 2 walking tours, a museum tour, and a bike tour. What all of these tours have in common is that they include various stories about the famous artists. The tours are conducted by professional licensed guides who will tell you everything there is to know about the life of the famous Dutch painters and even share some of his secrets.
6. Rembrandt Cruise with Blue Boat
The popular Rembrandt Cruise is one of the best arty tours in the city. It follows the life of Rembrandt van Rijn and offers a unique audio guide produced by the Rijks Museum. Travelers who wish to hear about what happened to the love of his life, where did he paint his painting, where local criminals were hanged and how Rembrandt is connected to them should definitely hop on this cruise with Blue Boat. The good news is that the audio guide is available both in Dutch and English language through a free app that you can install on your phone.
Located in Amsterdam West and named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, the Rembrandtpark is a large urban park that houses dozens of biking paths, playgrounds, and lovely ponds. It’s an ideal place to come over the weekends and have a picnic. Expect to find a great variety of sculpture here, as well as a few walking and cycling paths. Travelers can also visit De Uylenburg which is the oldest petting zoo in the city.
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