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Activities in Amsterdam

What to do during the conference

Discover Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a rich blend of history and vibrant contemporary life, making it an ideal destination for both cultural exploration and lively experiences. Nestled near Vrije Universiteit, this year's conference venue, the surrounding area boasts a unique charm.

Explore the nearby neighbourhoods, and you'll find yourself immersed in the dynamic atmosphere of Amsterdam. The city's rich history is evident in its captivating architecture, complemented by a modern, bustling ambiance. Vrije Universiteit is situated in proximity to the captivating Vondelpark, a perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing afternoon.

Moreover, the vibrant neighbourhoods surrounding Vrije Universiteit offer a diverse range of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Take a walk through the charming streets, discovering local cafes, boutiques, and cultural gems. Amsterdam's unique blend of history and contemporary flair ensures that your free time will be filled with enriching experiences.

As you plan your leisure activities, consider exploring not only the historic and cultural attractions but also indulging in the lively ambiance that makes Amsterdam a truly special destination.

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Anne Frank House

Discover the poignant history encapsulated within the walls of the Anne Frank House, a significant landmark in Amsterdam. Delve into the compelling story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who documented her experiences during World War II in her now-famous diary. Tickets for the Anne Frank House can only be bought online through the official website. It is important to note that every Tuesday at 10am CEST, all tickets become available for a visit six weeks later.

If your schedule is tight, exploring the exterior of the Anne Frank House is still highly recommended, offering a glimpse into the past and the enduring legacy of Anne Frank's story. Whether you choose to explore the interiors or admire the exterior, the Anne Frank House stands as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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Embark on a cultural journey by exploring the Rijksmuseum, a masterpiece in the heart of Amsterdam. This iconic institution houses an extensive collection of Dutch art and history, featuring renowned works from the Golden Age. While the exterior showcases grandeur and architectural splendour, the treasures within are a testament to the richness of Dutch heritage.

To fully immerse yourself in the Rijksmuseum's captivating exhibits, consider booking tickets in advance to bypass potential lines and ensure a seamless entry. The museum's architecture is a spectacle in itself, offering a captivating blend of classical and modern design. Whether you have a passion for art, history, or simply appreciate exceptional craftsmanship, the Rijksmuseum promises an enriching experience.

Take the time to explore the diverse galleries within the museum, each housing a unique collection of masterpieces. From Rembrandt's iconic "The Night Watch" to Vermeer's timeless "The Milkmaid", the Rijksmuseum encapsulates the essence of Dutch artistic brilliance.

Immerse yourself in the allure of the Rijksmuseum, where every corner unveils a piece of the Netherlands' captivating history and artistic legacy.

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Zaanse Schans Windmills

A visit to Zaanse Schans Windmills, located just a short distance from Amsterdam, is often considered a highlight for many travellers exploring the Netherlands.

Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that offers a picturesque glimpse into Dutch history and craftsmanship. Situated approximately one hour north of Amsterdam, accessible by train, this charming village is renowned for its iconic windmills, which stand as living symbols of the country's rich heritage.

While the windmills themselves are engineering marvels, the surrounding landscape adds to the allure of the experience. Zaanse Schans is not only a testament to Dutch craftsmanship but also a scenic retreat with captivating views of the countryside.

For enthusiasts of exploration, there are delightful walks available, providing an opportunity to appreciate the serene beauty of the Dutch countryside. Take a stroll through the village and witness the historic windmills in action, offering a unique insight into traditional Dutch industries like sawmilling and oil extraction.

To enhance your visit, consider taking a ferry across the Zaan River or venturing to the top of a windmill for panoramic views. Zaanse Schans Windmills promises a day filled with cultural immersion, breathtaking scenery, and a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Dutch traditions. Note that this excursion is best suited for a full-day adventure.

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