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Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.

As much as possible the over 900 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.

Having been closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, ARTIS is reopening to the general public on May 23, 2020.

The Night Watch by Rembrandt is not actually called The Night Watch

Quick: What is the official name of Rembrandt’s most famous painting, The Night Watch? And what does the painting depict?

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam sees 2.2 million visitors a day — and most of them want to see The Night Watch.

Created in 1642, the painting is currently being restored. However, it remains on view — encased in a glass enclosure. Rijksmuseum visitors will be able to follow the entire study- and restoration in person as well as online via a livestream.

NOTE: The Rijksmuseum reopened on June 1, 2020 after having been closed during the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Amsterdam King’s Day 2021: All-Day Citywide Street Party

On King’s Day Amsterdam puts on the world’s largest street party. This year, however, the party moved indoors. King’s Day 2020, the Coronavirus Lockdown Edition, came and went. Here’s to hoping that everything will be back to normal in time for next year’s celebration.

Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2021 will mark the eight King’s Day in honor of King Willem-Alexander.

It’s actually a nationwide party, but Amsterdam definitely is the place to be.

Mark this date on your calendar: Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Museum of Bags and Purses, one of Europe’s 10 best museums

Unfortunately, on April 30, 2020 this museum announced that it has permanently closed.

What you missed: The world’s largest collection of bags and purses is located in the Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purses. (Want to test your skills at Dutch? Here goes: Tassenmuseum.) Bonus: the museum is situated in a gorgeous 17th century canalside house — a former mayor’s residence.

Keukenhof 2020: seven million tulips and other flowers

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Keukenhof will not open at all in 2020. Pay a virtual visit instead.

Keukenhof, the world’s second largest flower garden, is open just eight weeks a year.

Yet it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions outside Amsterdam, and one of the top excursions in the Netherlands.

Learn when the tulips are at their best, the best days and times to visit, and what the name Keukenhof means.