They tumble out of their hall, weapons drawn, ready to defend the city. And these kinds of dishes and spices came from Indonesia? Near the Rijksmuseum, this remarkable museum features works by the troubled Dutch artist whose art seemed to mirror his life. Excerpted from the Rick Steves Amsterdam … Amsterdam by Bike - Audio Europe: Netherlands, Belgium by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2015-02-11T02:08:53Z Amsterdam-based tour guide Nica Johnson explains how visitors can enjoy her bike-friendly city on two wheels. While the Dutch were tolerating Catholics here, elsewhere, Catholic nations — in response to the Protestant Reformation — were expelling anyone who worshipped differently. Coffeeshop worker: Five grams. Rick: Twenty-eight plates! Another example of Amsterdam's creative approach to social challenges is its Red Light District. It's a progressive place invigorated by a time-honored spirit of live and let live. Try Rick Steves Pocket Amsterdam. ©2020 Rick Steves. Rick: Oscar, how many plates altogether? Rick: Eighteen. Rick: And today, centuries later, we're celebrating the spices of Indonesia! The most important one was the Gentleman's Canal, Herengracht, and then there is the Emperor's Canal, Keizersgracht, and then there's the Prinsen Canal. Rick: This has got to be the most beautiful canal in town. Among them was 13-year-old Anne, whose journal has inspired millions of people. He moved to Paris, and the City of Light opened up a whole new world of color. Oscar: Yes. Don't miss the silver collection and other exhibits of daily life from 300 years ago. The suffering was horrific. Rick: Tell me about the difficulty of building here. The ever-pragmatic Dutch smartly welcomed Jews from Eastern Europe, Spain, and Portugal, and put their business acumen to use to help build their economy. Rick Steves / Times Colonist January 9, 2021 06:00 AM Bikes are lined up on the canal bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where cycling is the preferred mode of transport. Pistols were hidden in books. hey sporter50 been to amsterdam twice. ▲ Rembrandt's House The master's reconstructed house, displaying his etchings. Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands. Free Shipping & Price Match Guarantee This is an impressive look at how the Dutch resisted (or collaborated with) their Nazi occupiers from 1940 to 1945. Rolinka: Well, the soil is very swampy. And with the local passion for tolerance, it's occasionally shocking. Amsterdam - Video - Rick Steves' Europe For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . And if you wanted to buy a smaller quantity, what is one gram of marijuana looking like? The connection! The old standbys (Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum) have reopened after closures for renovations, and there are some new joys for sightseers. Europe's best-preserved 17th-century city, Amsterdam is quaint and jarring, traditional and modern. Its many other offerings include a Sunday afternoon program of silent films with live musical accompaniment, special exhibits on film-related themes, a free permanent exhibit in the basement, a shop, and a trendy terrace café with great waterside seating. Rick: So what is this neighborhood called? With their cramped interiors and steep stairs, houses came with a pulley, so goods could be hoisted up and down on the outside with a rope. ), then the south of France (swirly, emotional scenes with surreal colors and twisted forms). This building, a thriving theater in Amsterdam's Jewish quarter before the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in 1940, was part of that sad story. …and there's a proper way to try each of the 28 dishes. Rick: OK, so this is one gram…and how much would this cost, probably? For decades now, the Dutch, like many Europeans, view marijuana as a soft drug — like tobacco and alcohol. Coffeeshop worker: This is five grams of marijuana. Amsterdam Update - Audio Europe: Netherlands, Belgium by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2015-02-11T02:08:09Z Dutch tour guide Nica Johnson fills Rick in on the latest in Amsterdam, including renovations to the city's great musuems. In this, one of his last works, the canvas is a wall of thick paint, with roads leading nowhere, and ominous black crows taking flight. Wearing the standard power suit of the day, it's as if someone walks in and grabs their attention — natural as a snapshot. When it comes to prostitution, the Dutch figure, if it's going to happen anyway, rather than criminalize it, it's smarter to corral and monitor it. We have about a hundred canals, and they were all dug out in the 17th century, entirely by hand — took them about 30 years. A few reminders of the victims (such as their shoes and letters) puts a human face on the staggering numbers. Rick Steves' Europe. Subscribe to get them all! This art is really all about money. I used Rick Steves Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels and liked it a lot, but there are lots of others. And courageous moms with strollers did their part as well. Called "Our Lord in the Attic," it dates from 1661, when post-Reformation Dutch Catholics were forbidden to worship in public. This unique church — embedded within a townhouse in the middle of the Red Light District — comes with a little bonus: a rare glimpse inside a historic Amsterdam home straight out of a Vermeer painting. So the Dutch built skinny — and straight up. Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands (3rd ed.) On the wall, 6,700 family names pay tribute to the 107,000 Jews deported and killed by the Nazis. ISBN-10. Resistance fighters falsified IDs. It's a progressive place, invigorated by a…time-honored spirit of live and let live! Bike lanes run next to the sidewalks, and bikers whiz by silently — walk carefully! If you want to eat local in Amsterdam, remember three things: cheese, herring, and Indonesian rijsttafel. Publication date. Vincent hobnobbed with the Impressionists. ▲ Jewish Historical Museum and Portuguese Synagogue Exhibits on Judaism and culture and beloved synagogue that serves today's Jewish community. Just light entertainment, with a dose of folk wisdom. In 1888, he headed for the south of France, arriving just as winter was turning to spring. The city's founders built a dam on the Amstel back in the 13th century. Amsterdam has a long tradition of welcoming the persecuted. So, everything you see, Rick — all the houses, all the bridges, and the walls of the canals — are built on wooden pilings. A striking film museum and art cinema is bringing new life to this now-revitalized neighborhood. Perhaps for the first time, art catered to the tastes and budgets of middle-class people too. But this wasn't his true calling. Wealthy merchants built this city upon millions of wooden pilings, creating a wonderland of canals lined with trees and townhouses crowned with fancy gables. Then, one fateful day, the Gestapo came. The historic core of Amsterdam remains much the same today as when it was first laid out back in the 1600s. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Coffeeshop worker: Yep. A pilgrimage for many, this house offers a fascinating look at the hideaway of young Anne during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. No comments: Post a Comment. And eating well in the Netherlands today includes enjoying cuisine from some of its former colonies. ▲▲▲ Rijksmuseum Best collection anywhere of the Dutch Masters — Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, and Steen — in a spectacular setting. …Hmm…I'll never remember all this. The great Dutch painter Rembrandt — this is a self-portrait at age 22—earned his money painting portraits. Nearby stands the bold, 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue. The Cruise. Rolinka: Grandparents starved so that children could live, and that entire generation of people is actually shorter than their countrymen. They went behind this secret swinging bookcase, into the attic above a shop, and hid almost silently for two years. Coffeeshop worker: Yeah, but here we believe that it's better to tolerate than to put more people in prison. Rolinka: So, this, this is what we call a "rice table," rijsttafel, and there's actually no starter, there's no main dish, there is no dessert; it's just a festival of different dishes. Several boat-tour companies shuttle tourists on a variety of routes covering different combinations of the city's top sights. Seventeenth-century land was expensive, and taxes were based on the width of the house. But hard drugs are strictly forbidden. You can email Rick at rick@ricksteves.com and follow his blog on Facebook.) And in Steen's Merry Family, the parents party while their kids copy their irresponsible behavior: The girls learn to drink and the little boy picks up smoking. Language: English. This light-handed approach to morality lives on in the Netherlands. Indonesian food is a popular choice, and the ultimate meal here is a grand rijsttafel. In this quiet painting of an ordinary milkmaid, Vermeer — who brings out the beauty of everyday things — creates a scene where we can almost hear the trickle of the pouring milk. Surprising to me, anyone can hire one of these electric boats for a little independent exploring. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is one of the artistic highlights of Europe. Rolinka: Yeah — put the rice in the middle, and the different dishes come on the side, so that it doesn't mix… see our FAQ. The Anne Frank House immerses you, in a very immediate way, in the struggles and pains of the war years. The work of Jan Steen offers a delightful slice of 17th-century Dutch life. You'll see propaganda movie clips, study forged ID cards under a magnifying glass, and read about ingenious and courageous efforts — big and small — to hide local Jews from the Germans and undermine the Nazi regime. It's a commanding structure, built in the 1670s, when Catholics were still worshipping in secret. It was built to showcase the art of the Dutch Golden Age. Filled with history and happy-go-lucky, it's a delight to explore. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Here we can gain insight into the industrious people who made tiny Holland so prosperous and powerful back in the 17th century. He slumps in defeat, confused and despondent. It offers a fun look at the city taking a break. Overwhelmed with life, Vincent walked into a field like this one…and shot himself. One of the joys of visiting Amsterdam is simply being in this swirl of healthy, busy, biking Dutch. ▲▲ Amstelkring Museum Catholic church hidden in the attic of a 17th-century merchant's house. Stepping into this tiny, idyllic courtyard in the city center, you escape into the charm of old Amsterdam (free, daily 8:00–17:00). Rolinka: Oh, today it's one of the most popular places to live. A RICK STEVES TOUR. We'll drop into a coffee shop…that doesn't sell coffee, and we'll ponder the Red Light District. The community that gathered here was named for that Amstel dam — eventually, "Amsterdam.". Imagine this small church crammed with worshippers. He studied to be a pastor and did church work in poor communities. Subscribe to get them all! There's no electric lighting, only candles and windows. Rick: Wow. The pilgrims, refugees from religious intolerance in England, likely worshipped here before boarding the Mayflower for Plymouth Rock. Coffeeshop worker: Eighteen. His letters home told of his great loneliness. Houseboat Museum Your chance to see one of these floating homes from the inside. Marijuana use is tolerated. Amsterdam's famous gables include the point gable, bell gable, step gable, and neck gable. Hi, Coming to Amsterdam 09/30-10/2, this being this last stop before heading back to the US. ‎Rick Steves Netherlands Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of the Netherland's most notable museums and historic sites. ▲ Hash, Marijuana, and Hemp Museum All the dope, from history and science to memorabilia. They were called the "Spice Islands." Now, painters earned their living working not for the Church or the king, but by painting portraits for local big shots. If you’re touring Netherland’s capital, rent a bicycle so you can feel the cobbles beneath two wheels. This one's hidden in a matchbox. Amsterdam is as lively–and enjoyably shocking–as ever. This is where the river hit the sea. Rick Steves. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Amsterdam's thriving Jewish quarter was a Babbel of tongues, and this synagogue served its Portuguese-speaking community. ▲▲ Dutch Resistance Museum History of the Dutch struggle against the Nazis. At lunch the bami goreng or nasi goreng (fried noodles or rice) is a feast of its own (reservations smart for dinner). Amsterdam offers everything a sightseer could want. Take it all in, then pause to watch the clouds blow past stately old gables — and see the Golden Age reflected in a quiet canal. We'll remember Anne Frank, we'll feast on Indonesian food —Dutch style, and we'll relax in Amsterdam's Vondelpark. That was Holland's Golden Age, when Dutch merchant ships made this the world's richest city. Today's Amsterdam is still a city of good living, with cozy cafés, great art, street-corner jazz, stately history, and a spirit of live and let live. Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) The Trip. The Rijksmuseum has four rare and precious paintings by Johannes Vermeer. Beyond the Red Light District, nighttime Amsterdam has a relaxed and inviting charm. I'm Rick Steves. He decided to paint, to capture the world he felt so intensely on canvas. Today, it's a thought-provoking memorial that makes an indelible impression on its visitors — whether tourists or school groups having a thought-provoking field trip. ▲ Begijnhof Quiet courtyard lined with picturesque houses. Bulk books at wholesale prices. Its humble chapel has served Amsterdam's English-speaking community since the 1600s. The Van Gogh Museum — laid out as a stroll through the story of Vincent's life — shows how intimately his life and art were intertwined. Oscar: Twenty-eight. Walk through rooms where, for two years, eight Amsterdam Jews hid from Nazi persecution. Heralding the coming gentrification of the north side of the IJ waterway, EYE (a play on "IJ") is a complex of museum spaces and four theaters playing mostly art films (shown in their original language, with selections organized around various themes). October 2, 2018. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. But locals here conspired to give Catholics a place to worship— provided they kept a low profile. Somehow Amsterdam manages to be both vibrant and mellow at the same time. This multi-story bike garage is for commuters who ride the train and then pedal to work. While just a few blocks from the busy center, the Jordaan feels like another world. They consider legislating morality to be counter-productive and remind me that we Americans lock up nearly 10 times as many people per capita as Europeans do. 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