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Historische Stätte
“No words needed to tell where this is about! But, tickets only available online and book on time because space is limited here!”
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Kunstmuseum
“Love paintings? Love History? Take the train from Breukelen station (5km from our caravan) and visit Amsterdam. Long Live Rembrandt More than 8,000 people in 95 countries responded to our open call to submit self-made artworks inspired by Rembrandt. An expert panel of judges selected 575 works made by a total of 693 people for inclusion in the Long Live Rembrandt exhibition. The themes of the exhibition emerged from similarities between works made by the many different artists. These themes include ‘The Night Watch’, ‘Portraits in the style of Rembrandt’ and ‘Rembrandt the storyteller’. Pieter Roelofs, chair of the panel of judges and head of painting and sculpture at the Rijksmuseum: The infectious creativity of the artists and the sheer variety of submissions has made the selection and curation of this exhibition an absolute joy. In Long Live Rembrandt we see the master through the eyes of the artists. This exhibition is not just about Rembrandt, it’s about us all. ”
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Park
“Amsterdam’s most famous park. Whether you’d like to go for a walk, drink or run: you’ll always return happy from the great vibe!”
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Souvenir Shop
“Take the train to Amsterdam (from Breukelen train station) and visit the Van Gogh Museum Meet Vincent The painter of Sunflowers According to Vincent van Gogh, his paintings of sunflowers were among the best works he ever made. But how did he become the painter of Sunflowers? READ FULL STORY Nowadays Vincent van Gogh is known as the man who painted Sunflowers. He painted sunflowers as no one before him had ever done. Vincent didn't always paint in the bright he's now so famous for. So, how did he come to create his masterpiece? From a single sunflower to a vase full of them Vincent began painting a single sunflower in a vegetable garden, and ended up with a work that became world-famous. There were just two years in between the two works, during which he underwent rapid artistic development The first sunflowers Vincent drew and painted his first sunflowers in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Vincent was 33 years old when he moved to Paris in 1886, but he missed the outdoor life that he knew from home. On walks through Paris, Vincent preferred to seek out places with lots of greenery. He found one such green and peaceful setting in Montmartre. He liked to go there to paint. Practising with colour The sunflowers in Montmartre were not the first flowers Vincent painted. After he had seen the fresh, colourful paintings of the Impressionists in Paris, Vincent wanted to put more colour in his work too. Flowers were excellent practice material. So for a while he painted ‘nothing but flowers’. Floral still lifes were also selling well at the time. He hoped to sell his flower paintings, but had no luck. A leading role for the sunflower Few artists were interested in sunflowers, which were considered 'coarse', inelegant plants. But, in Vincent’s opinion, that was what made them interesting. Moreover, he chose flowers that were withered and dead. And they weren’t neatly arranged in a vase either, but lying separately on the table. Vincent wasn't the first to paint sunflowers, but he was one of the first who gave the flower the leading role in a number of floral still lifes. Vincent experimented with different brushstrokes and increasingly extreme colour contrasts. For example, he placed the yellow flowers against a bright-blue background. The still lifes impressed his fellow artist Paul Gauguin. Vincent saw this as a great honour. He had just got to know Gauguin, and he looked up to him. The fact that this artist appreciated his work confirmed his feeling that he was on the right track. Sunflowers in the south After two years in Paris, Vincent moved to Arles, in the south of France. He hoped that the light and the colours of the south would provide him with inspiration. Vincent invited Gauguin to join him. Vincent was really looking forward to his friend’s arrival. He decided to paint a number of still lifes to welcome him. It was obvious what he was going to paint: sunflowers. Vincent did not place the flowers on a table this time, but in a vase. At first he painted them against blue backgrounds: from a pale greenish-blue to royal blue. He wanted the contrast between yellow and blue to be reminiscent of stained-glass windows. However, after three still lifes, he decided to continue with yellow: yellow flowers on a yellow background. He called this ‘light on light’. More yellow sunflowers Gauguin was enthusiastic about these still lifes of sunflowers, just as Vincent had hoped. And, like Vincent, he thought that the last version, a yellow one, was the most successful. This motivated Vincent to paint the yellow painting another two times. He called these new versions ‘repetitions’ . The painter of the sunflowers Vincent knew that he had made something special. He was proud of his achievement – and rightly so. Compared to the traditional dark still lifes, his sunflowers were an explosion of colour. He saw the beauty of withered flowers, just as he saw the beauty of weathered faces. Other people were impressed too. His brother Theo loved his Sunflowers. Gauguin called the sunflower paintings ‘completely Vincent’ Meaning of the sunflowers The sunflower paintings had a meaning for Vincent. He wrote that they were an expression of his gratitude. His intention was to make art that offers solace to troubled hearts. Living on The sunflower has become inextricably associated with Vincent, just as he had hoped. His friends took sunflowers to his funeral. Before long, the paintings were famous all over the world. Right from the beginning, they inspired many other artists. And to this day they are among Vincent’s most popular works. Even now, so many years after his death, many people see him first and foremost as the painter of Sunflowers. www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en”
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Markt
“A big market to visit. In a very nice area of Amsterdam: called 'De Pijp'. I visit it many times for many reasons. And not only the market is a must to visit, but also the small streets and squares around this market are inspiring for food and drinks and shopping.”
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Aquarium
“Lovely compact zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. Excellent for children. Nice cafes with reasonable prices.”
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Gastronomiebereich
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“A collection of food with all over the world. A bit pricy and touristy, but quality not bad:) Also with filmhallen beside it, and Saturday markets sometimes in the hall.”
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Brauerei
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“Interactive tour through beer giant's history in former brewery, with a tasting room finale.”
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Brauerei
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“Nice local brewery under a Dutch windmill. Across the canal from it is a nice sandy playground for kids.”
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Einkaufszentrum
“the major museums are all located on this square, also the iconic I AMSTERDAM letters.”
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Einkaufszentrum
“Shopping street with a lot of small cozy shops, away from all the big chains! ”
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Einkaufszentrum
“The famous Dam Square! Go shopping or visit different tourist attractions, there is a lot to do here! ”
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Museum
“Take the free ferry behind Centraal across the IJ river to the Film Museum. Really nice cafe at the museum and bike around and explore Noord's art studios and galleries.”
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Einkaufszentrum
“Lots of bars and clubs there. Check out the Melkweg, Paradiso, Sugar Factory, Waterhole, Bourbon Street...”
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Park
“Very populair park to chill in the grass and have breakfast, dinner or drinks. ”
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Musik-Location
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“Amsterdam Icon! Great place for concerts. Small tip for cheap people like me: if you have multiple coats or bags, use the lockers upstairs. It's 2 euros per locker and you can fit 3-4 coats in there easily. The wardrobe will cost you 2 euros per coat. ”
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