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Lonely Planet says: Visit Amsterdam

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The Lonely Planet travel guide has named Amsterdam as the world’s second-best city to visit next year.

First place in the Top Ten Best Cities to Visit in 2013 went to San Francisco.

The publication says that Amsterdam has always cast a spell on travelers, but that the party goes into high gear in 2013 when the city celebrates a number of anniversaries and events:

  • The city’s famous ring of canals turns 400 years old
  • The Van Gogh Museum celebrates its 40th year, and its also Vincent van Gogh’s 16-0th birthday
  • The Rijksmuseum re-opens after a 10-year renovation
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which the guide says is “often considered the world’s best” (we agree) — celebrates its 125th annniversary
  • Artis Royal Zoo marks its 175th anniversary
  • Cultural center Felix Meritus has its 225th anniversary

According to the Lonely Planet there will be lots of celebratory concerts, exhibits and street fests grooving throughout 2013.

A Lonely Planet video made in 2008. At the beginnin it actually includes some scenes from Hoorn, a city 35 kilometers north of Amsterdam… And no, France does not border Amsterdam. It doesn’t even border the Netherlands.

Amsterdam’s expats and international residents give the city a score of 8+ for the quality of life in the capital of the Netherlands.

Six out of ten say Amsterdam is a welcoming city, but 33% of internationals found it “difficult” to integrate into Dutch society, and a further 16% found it “very difficult” to successfully integrate. The majority (57%) believed they were not in fact integrated in the city and an equal 57% did not feel to be a part of the Amsterdam culture.

The survey was commissioned by the Amsterdam Expatcenter, and organized by the official research department of the City of Amsterdam (Bureau Onderzoek en Statistiek).

The Expatcenter, established in 2008, aims to cut the red tape for internationals and assist in the process of settling in.

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Damrak, the main street between Amsterdam Central Station and Dam Square, is going to look a lot better one the current C&A building has been replaced by a new one.

C&A Damrak, an artist's impression

C&A Damrak, an artist’s impression

The transformation of the old colossus, which currently houses a fashion shop and 4 floors of office space, into a three-story shopping center will take place over a period of 3 years.

An artists’ impression of the new building, designed by American architect Robert A.M. Sternis, shows a classic brick facade.

The material and the clever use of vertical lines causes the building to blend in with neighboring buildings — a fact that pleases many Amsterdammers.

The remodeling project is part of Project 1012 — designed to spruce up downtown Amsterdam.

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This post was last updated: Mar. 25, 2013