Amsterdam and Nearest Attractions

2013 for the Netherlands in many respects significant. Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of the rings of the four main channels, after a long reconstruction, the State Museum of Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum are opening, the cross year of Russia-Holland is held. Great reason for travel. I flew to Holland for the first time, and my idea of ​​the country was limited to general concepts: Amsterdam, windmills, clips, van gogh and floral fields. Reality surpassed all expectations, and in five days of travel, I fell in love with this little country completely and irrevocably.

  • This composition is found in the city several times
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • At the inspection of the entire fleet will need about three days

Netherlands are often called Holland. South and North Holland – this is 2 of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands, historically the most developed and known outside the country. Over time, the name "Holland" firmly included in the use of residents of many countries. In Russian, it was widespread after in 1697 Peter I visited the Republic of the United Provinces as part of the Great Embassy, ​​as the country was called.

Crafts and traditions

So, we are in Holland, and on the first day we go to Zanse-Cherence, get acquainted with the traditions of the country and the culture of the country. But first, we will go to Zalandam, walk through the Russian quarter and go to the house of Peter I.

As you know, the Russian king incognito, accompanied by the Great Embassy, ​​came to the country in 1697 with the aim of "knock the window to Europe", Establish a strong trade relationship with Hollands, adopt the shipbuilding experience, to study the Military and Engineering.

Before he moved to Amsterdam and overturned his permission to work on the shipyards of the East India campaign, the king under the name of the Probrazhensky regiment of Peter Mikhailov, eight days lived in Zagandam. He was above ordinary Dutch on three heads, demanded that it was only named and, they say, all the time was in the bad arrangement of the Spirit, but to move into a more suitable place for the status refused. The king was sleeping in the closet, curled into three deaths – a wardrobe, like many other furniture items, lived to this day.

The Dutch gently store memories of those days, miraculously retained a wooden house where the king was stopped and for three hundred years I wrote a lot of legends, original and funny about it, and still convincingly tell them Russian, full of big skepticism regarding the accuracy of these stories. An inconspicuous wooden house, swinging from time, with the written autographs and walls, preserved the white-blue tile samples of the Delft porcelain, can not be seen from the street, from rain and damp it is hidden inside the pavilion of red bricks. Many celebrities were here for the last few centuries: Russian monarchs, Bonaparte, James Joyce, Count Kutuzov, as well as the poet Vasily Zhukovsky, who left memorable lines on a marble board: "Grand Duke, awe! / Here the cradle of your empire, / here was born Great Russia!". Vladimir Putin In memory of visiting the museum sked in a special book.

The house-museum opened for visitors on March 8, 2013 and, as the Museum of the Museum of Farid Huseynova says, he will just like at least one hundred years. The path to the museum is laid out with tiles with footprints of Peter I.

In Zalandam, we stayed in the stylish, bizarre form of the hotel Inntel Hotels, which turned traditions to the trend and successfully sells them. This cozy and original hotel is just 12 minutes away by the suburban train from Amsterdam. When choosing the room makes sense to draw attention to the full wall photos from the head of your future bed. Not all of them can like.

  • View of Hotel Inntel in Zagandam
  • Suite "Peter I", Hotel Inntel

Resting in a cafe on the central square of Zalandam and rebuilding the magnificent coffee with whipped cream, go to the village of windmills Zanse-Shans (WWW.Zaanseschans.NL), open-air museum 15 minutes drive from Amsterdam. Yes, here are really full of tourists, but the place is with a story, and from here it is worth a familiarity with historical Holland, its crafts and green houses. About 200 years ago, along the banks of the river Zan, then there were numerous villages there: Koog Aan de Zaan, West Zaan, Oost Zaan, Zaandijk, Zaandam. Near the Zaance River, rejected trade and fishing, began to build the first windmills. Barley, rice, paper, firewood, mustard, tobacco, oil, cannabis and other raw materials were processed at 1300 mills that used wind energy. Of these, only 20 mills are preserved, half of which is located in Zanse-Shans. In general, there are four main centers in the country, where it is worth going to get acquainted with the current mills – Kinderdiek, Schidam, Zanse-Shans and Amsterdam.

  • Windmills work in full force
  • Typical Dutch house
  • In front of the entrance to the workshop of Klmpov

The wind is a strong, but capricious source of energy, and he decides whether the mill will work today or not. Melniks on the operating mills and today regulates the work of the wings using 15-ton "Happers", sails and boards. Wings stop using a wheeled brake and a wooden hand brake. The stronger the wind, the more mechanisms can use the miller.

An indelible impression was made by an anti-flame mill "Cat" (De Kat), standing in its place since 1664. The production and sale of vintage coloring substances and pigments were restored 10 years ago. Once in Zaanse-Shans worked 55 ink-colored mills, but today, presumably, this is the world’s only operating mill in this kind. Paints and pigments produce from tropical varieties of colored trees, chalk, stones, grinding powder with the addition of additional ingredients, such as flaxseed oil.

  • Paints and pigments from the mill ; Cat ;

Flancing on Zaanse-Shans, we went to Khuwu Qatarina (WWW.Cheesefarms.COM) and the store adjacent to it. Here I experienced a decidigious gastronomic joy: it turns out that cheese in Holland is taken to cut into small pieces of square shape and there is an injection with a Dutch mustard, which also has many varieties and tastes. The best things for such experiments are suitable cheeses of varieties Mazdamer, Burenkas (couwing cheese from unpasteurized milk), goat cheese (soft or semi-solid), smoked (often sold sliced ​​with thin slices) and freesome cheese with cloves (with sharp, dry and tart taste).

  • Tasting of cheeses in Zanse-Shans

Next stop – workshop for the manufacture of clips, traditional Dutch wooden shoes with artistic painting or carvings with an 800-year history. Such shoes defended the feet from moisture, cold, maintained heat and was indispensable when walking in swamp areas. The well-being of their owners imposed a fingerprint to the appearance of the closer. The wealthy citizens competed in the finest carving on the tree and artistic painting of the shoes, in some areas of the country, Sunday Claps painted so that they were difficult to distinguish them from real shoes. Such clumps were real works of art. Nowadays, Clumps regularly carry more than 1 million Dutch. Many of them use shoes as flower pots (as a rule, it is geranium), birdhouses, piggy banks, stands for bottles, boats.

Wooden shoes were produced in other countries, but, as a rule, it was low shoes, or trips (with a strap over the lifting). Wholely wooden closer is characteristic only for the Netherlands, and each region or edge has their own models. Your clips, with a big flat sole, were even in horses. The Dutch often love to repeat: "Who caught his childhood in the tree, he will live a long life".

  • Modern clips
  • Master class for the production of clips

Masters, manufacturing crumples manually knew the features of feet feet feet, and if they doubted their skills, they asked the client to step in a box with wet sand. A couple of days later, the customer received his pair of orthopedic shoes.

Clubs perpetuated by Jerome Bosch (1450-1516.) in your picture "Opening of the head". On the feet of the surgeon, under the boots – plates, boards, employees to protect against garbage and moisture on the road. Patient clips stand under the seat. There is even such a kind of crumples – Bosch clips.

Amsterdam and Nearest Attractions

Here you can look at the work of the masters with your own eyes. Not so easy to make comfortable shoes. The master class lasts half an hour, but the production of this Club takes about a month, during the processing of the shoe 25 times passes through the hands of the master. For the manufacture of clips most often used fuel fuel. The tree grows in 25-3- years and about 75 pairs of shoes are obtained from one such trunk. There is also a store with the largest choice of modern clips, Sabo on a wooden platform with a suede or leather riding. It was cold, and I bought myself bordeed shoes for 60 €. Comfortable, warm and original – I am pleased with the pleasure of groaning weather. Made well and served, they say, at least three or four.

  • Museum of the Zaan Region
  • Picture in the Museum of the region ZAAN

Located next to the Museum of the Zaan Region (Zaans Museum, Zaansmuseum.NL) definitely worth your attention and time. He was born thanks to the passion of the Dutch to collecting and tells about the rich cultural and industrial past Zaran. Pictures, household items and audiovisual installations please eyes and soul, and if you are a guide, it will certainly tell a lot of curious details about each subject. In general, any museum or cafe deserves attention in Holland – you never know what kind of surprise and treasures are waiting for closed unpretentious doors.

Amsterdam – all head

On the second day, we planned to get acquainted with Amsterdam. It is located in the province of North Holland, and the city name literally means "Dam on Amusene". Amstel River ishing the city by a network of channels, one of which connects the capital with the Northern Sea. On the site of the historical dam today is the square of the ladies.

  • Railway raised Amsterdama
  • Square Dame
  • Orthodox Church

We lived at Ambassade (WWW.Ambassade-Hotel.NL) On one of the most beautiful channels of the city – Herengracht (HERENGRACHT), in the center of Amsterdam. The hotel occupies the building of the XVII century and emphasizes in his unusual interiors the love of classical modernism in painting, poetry, literature, a lot of work in the style of Amsterdam Impressionism. The hotel often remains writers, artists, musicians, actors, European and world values. I was particularly impressed by the hotel library, where most books are signed by the author.

I came up with my way to foresee around the city in the search for the right places. In the store inexpensive designer clothes COS (Hartenstraat, 23) I ask where to buy high-quality shoes. And I go to Betsy Palmer (Rokin 9-15). After consulting with an experienced seller and talking to her souls, I buy two pairs of 150 € shoes. And on her advice I go to dine in the restaurant Van Kerkwijk. "I am your menu" – With a charming smile, the owner of the institution, who has enough time to serve visitors and even chat with them about. Delicious onion soup and salad with goat cheese under honey warmed up the soul of thorough spring day.

  • Rest in water
  • In the market in Amsterdam
  • Proper way to eating a Dutch herd
  • The delicious herring is served in Kökenhof restaurants

If there is little time on shopping, go or in the designer, the luxurious area of ​​Negen Straatjes ("Nine streets") or in a department store de bijenkorf on the square of the ladies. Small shops usually work from noon to 6 pm. Walking around the city, give the biggest importance to cyclists and hurry to give them the way before they learn about it. Increased vigilance should be shown to trams, silent and fast as lynx. They say, in a year, they knock down three gloomy tourists to death.

The mandatory museum program should include the Rijksmuseum State Museum and the Van Gogh Museum, especially since in 2013 they reopened after reconstruction. Rijksmuseum is kept in Europe a collection of painting of Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. In Dutch art, where the love of the national countryside is the most important messenger of art, a lot of cloths is devoted to the praise of water and the prevention of its danger. In the Van Gogh Museum, more than 200 works of the Great Artist’s Brush are exhibited, drawings and written documents are stored.

  • Entrance to the State Museum Rijksmuseum
  • Van Gogh Museum

On the work of museums, restaurants and shops, you can learn from the popular A-MAG magazine, which extends throughout the city.

  • AMAGHEADER – Cover A-MAG magazine

Evening we decided to devote a walk on the famous channels – this is a great option for a romantic dinner or relaxing with friends after a whole day on the legs. The city is perfectly visible from the water, and you can watch over the course of life, look into the windows without a curtain, choose where you will go tomorrow. The excursion boats shovel on the waves from the Pier opposite the Central Station – this is the very center of the city.

  • Pleasure boat view
  • Amsterdam canals at night
  • Pier at night
  • White Blue Amphibian Bus Floating Dutchman

Since in August 2010, the channels were added to UNESCO World Heritage List, residents of the capital are experiencing that their city will turn into an open-air museum: "The cars will be banned, the facades of the houses – in each of them will be in the museum – forever sacrificed in its current form, fashionable designers will push the grocery shops on the outskirts, the native language will be forgiven as unnecessary".

  • Center of Science and Technology "Nemo"
  • Center of Science and Technology "Nemo"
  • Institute of Cinema Video Eye

. Discussing the future of Amsterdam, we swim by the sea wave color building, green from patina. The design resembles a huge ship whose nose raised above the water. This is the brainchild of Father High-Tek Renzo Drunk, the Center of Science and Technology "Nemo", The educational museum, which is designed so that allows visitors to go to "Entertaining journey between reality and fantasy". The museum was opened in 1997 – the ribbon solemnly cut the Queen Beatrix, whose name did not speak the Dutch and whose photos, despite her renunciation from the throne, decorate restaurants, cafes and city streets. On the fourth floor of the museum there is an observation deck-deck. They say the only one in Amsterdam, offering a great view of the city.

  • View of the city from the hotel Ocura
  • Rooms at Ocura
  • Mishlen Restaurant Ciel Blue at Ocura
  • All suitable suites Hotel Ocura

Best Panoramic Types Opened My Eyes Unless of the windows of the Mishlen restaurant Ciel Bleu on the 23rd floor of a luxurious five-star hotel Ocura. "Gastronomic journey between reality and fancy", – Perhaps this can be expressed by the delight of dinner in this restaurant of French and Japanese cuisine.


The third day was dedicated to beautiful – colors. We went to the Royal Park Kökekenhof. It is open 8 weeks a year, from the end of March to the end of May, and this is the most amazing, charming, inspiring and beautiful flower park, which I have ever seen in life. Kökekenhof – the face of hundreds of Dutch suppliers who bring 32 hectares in the park with the best grade of bulbous colors. In the park, seven thematic pavilions, flower shows are held here, the Kökekenhof territory serves as an exhibition platform for many artists and this is a favorite place of wedding. Every year for two months of flowering 85 gardeners, including only one feast, manually planted 7 million bulbs of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, according to a new landing design. Only lilies blooms 30.000 pieces – and this is the largest thematic exhibition of these colors in the world. For 65 years of land, the park visited about 5 million people, many of which are leaving home inspired, full of new ideas on the design of their cottages, gardens and household plots.

Huge buds, dopeful aroma, amazing colors – Flowers circle his head, I want to be photographed next to them, pick them up home. "In June, all the bulbs dig up and destroyed", – Our guards infectiously tell us, and from the realization that all this beauty will go under the knife compressing the heart. But there is also joyful news – everyone can recreate the mini-keikenhof at home, by selecting the supplier and ordering liked the varieties. In the fall, the bulbs in the ground are sent by customers by mail. The full list of suppliers is presented on the WWW Park website.Keukenhof.NL.

  • 2013 – year of Great Britain
  • So many bulbies in one place there is no more anywhere in the world
  • Every year Kökekenhof designer develops a new landing design
  • Each variety signed and indicated by its supplier

After inspecting the park, we went to the bikerogulo on tulip and hyacinth fields, in the company Guide Van Dama (, which, by the way, is engaged in the cultivation and sale of bulbous colors. Rent a bike, take a booklet in Russian with routes and detailed description – and forward! Fields are buried in colors, source and peace. To resist the photos of yourself among this beauty is impossible.

Efethelia. In the World of Miracles

Ephelings (www.EFTELING.COM) – The oldest entertainment park in Holland. Most often, families with children relax here, but adults do not miss either. Still, because you fall into a fairy tale that you did not definitely told in childhood. The park consists of the central part and four kingdoms. We were in the park one day – nothing – and during this time I made a personal rating of wonders. He heads his fabulous forest with it seems as if the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Hans-Christian Andersen and Charles Perro, followed by the Amusement Park and His Future Dutchman in particular, as well as a magic journey on boats-water lily to the beautiful world. In one day, you can see a lot, but, of course, it is best to stay in hotels in the park and spend two or three days in this fabulous world, having funny fantasies and fiction of his organizers.

  • Talking tree
  • View from Pagoda
  • sleeping Beauty. I can see how it breathes

Fabulous characters in the fabulous forest are standing since the opening, since 1952. From them blows the charm of antiquity, and they are impressive more than modern scenery. Many of them are unique because they were created specifically for Eufeting. Each character in the forest, even sleeping beauty and amansor on the road, moves in its own way, some communicate with visitors and even ask for money from them – like a miracle donkey, spewing a jubilee coin from under the tail in exchange for 50 eurocents. Urns are decorated in the form of fabulous characters whose talking heads by monotonous voice are called Papier Hier, Allo, Allo, Papaier Hier or "Throw paper here". Children with joy to be sent to their open mouths of packaging from juices, candy and other trash.

Here we come to sleeping in the grass Giant, instinctively trying not to wake up: he swallowed cheeks, moves the nose and rises the stomach, clearly heard snoring. The boy is periodically shown from the grass and trying to pull off his boot. In the tree in the neighborhood lives the most real troll, which his rich mimicious gestures amazes the most sophisticated adults. And here and Rapunzel, who raises the old woman in the tower on his golden braid.

Loves of the public – a 13-meter speaking tree with excellent fairytale, his mouth is moving, eyes, all folds on the face, mushrooms, animals and roots around it are also moving and shared with each other and with the public. Tree is often shown on the local TV in the gear for the smallest.

For this day, we still had a lot. Raced on the Overview Tower in the form of pagoda and on the American slides, showed a show "water lilies" and looked a fairy tale about the naked king. Even if you do not like attractions, the park is just nice to walk and get aesthetic pleasure from the surrounding beauty.

Night is tender

I spent the last day before leaving at the most expensive hostel in my life: Double Room on the fourth floor of St Christopher’s at the Winston quarter of red lamps (Warmoesstraat, 129) cost 92 €. The price paid off by the view from the window and the interior. Painted with red ceiling and walls, from headboard photo of a statute girl in peignoir and a baton in hand against the background of a red female nipple. The windows went to the three-storey house: the pretty floor occupied a brothel, there was an office on the second, a residential apartment above him. The Dutch does not like to overtake the windows, and my eyes opened the daily life of the Dutch. The hostel is very conveniently located – from him to the central station 10 minutes walk.

  • In the quarter of red lights
  • In the quarter of red lights
  • In the quarter of red lights

Quarter of red lamps, of course, theme for a separate material. Sequal freedom and liberty – part of the lifestyle of residents of Amsterdam, and it is easily transferred to everyone who comes to the city. We were told about two twin sisters, seventy-year-old prostitutes Louise and Martin Fokkens. About them removed the documentary "MEET THE FOKKENS", Meetthefokkens.Com. Louise is already a pensioner, but Martin is not in a hurry to leave the profession. "My older sister still works. She needs money. It is impossible to live in retirement".

  • Amsterdam unthinkable without love
  • Famous Cofweesop
  • Store what a lot

The author thanks for the magnificent organization of the trip Dutch Alliance and the Netherlands airline KLM.

Amsterdam and Nearest Attractions

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