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Temptation Abound In Amsterdam

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If you're planning a visit to Amsterdam, it's a good idea to know if your trip coincides with any of the local holidays. After all, you don't want to miss out on the chance to watch the festivities or run out of deodorant on a day when the shops are all mysteriously closed. Below, you'll find a list of some of the most notable Amsterdam holidays and festivities.

The Anne Frank House - The world's most famous diarist, Anne Frank, hid in the house at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam with her family during the Second World War. It was here that young Anne penned her famous diary; today, visitors can see the space where the persecuted family hid. Only by seeing the place in person can one truly appreciate how difficult the circumstances must have been.

When touring Amsterdam, it is worth visiting its variety of museums famous for their historical and antique collections. Some of the major museums of Amsterdam are Rijksmuseum (known for its 17th century Dutch collected works).

The Van Gogh Museum - Most major art museums in large cities around the world have at least one work of art by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, but none boasts a larger collection than Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum. Sketches and paintings by the intriguing artist are on display here, along with several works from many of his contemporaries.

Each holiday season, the lights shine ever so brightly over Amsterdam's canals - including the Herengracht and Prinsengracht - and lively streets, and the historic city becomes the backdrop for world-famous festivals and concerts to which travelers from all parts of the world flock. Dam Square, which lies in the historical center of Amsterdam, is a popular meeting spot among locals and travelers alike, playing host to a holiday funfair and featuring properties including Hotel Amsterdam de Roode Leeuw.   

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