#2 best destination in the world

Electric Ladyland: The Museum of Fluorescent Art

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  • Presents art, minerals, and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light
  • Opened in 1999

Anne Frank House

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  • Writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank
  • During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house
  • Anne Frank did not survive the war but in 1947, her wartime diary was published
  • In 1957, the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block

The Cat Boat (Amsterdam)

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  • De Poezenboot is an Amsterdam animal shelter for cats located on a houseboat
  • The Cat Boat takes in stray cats and relocates them
  • Some of the cats roam freely on the boat, which is open to visitors
  • At peak times, the Poezenboot houses about 60 cats

The Torture Museum

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  • Museum preserving historic torture artifacts from the country’s past

KattenKabinet

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  • Art museum devoted to works depicting cats
  • Collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works of art by Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Corneille, Sal Meijer, Théophile Steinlen, and Jože Ciuha, among others
  • There are some cats in the museum as well

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat

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  • Historic street lined with antique shops, each one a museum to a different part in history
  • One antiques store includes collections of medical instruments, dissection kits, dental tools, and apothecary jars

Canals of Amsterdam

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  • Canals made of 90 islands and 1,500 bridges
  • The 3 main canals were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age
  • Main canals run alongside 1550 monumental buildings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rijksmuseum

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  • Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history
  • #14 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Founded in 1800
  • Originally located in the Royal Palace
  • Contains 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000

Van Gogh Museum

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  • Art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries
  • #16 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Opened in 1973
  • Largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world

Keukenhof

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  • One of the world’s largest flower gardens
  • 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year
  • Open from mid-March to mid-May

Mauritshuis

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  • Art museum which houses the Royal Cabinet of Paintings which consists of 854 objects, mostly Dutch Golden Age paintings
  • Contains works by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Paulus Potter, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Hans Holbein the Younger, and others
  • Originally, the 17th century building was the residence of a count, it is now property of the government

Market Hall (Rotterdam)

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  • Residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam
  • Opened in 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Windmills at Kinderdijk

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  • Group of 19 monumental windmills
  • Built in 1738 and 1740 to keep water out
  • Largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Efteling

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  • #13 of the best amusement parks in the world
  • Fantasy themed based on ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore
  • Opened in 1952

Hunebed D27

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  • Corridor grave constructed in 4000 BC
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Costs

Number of Days: 24 days

Best Time To Fly: mid-April-June, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $915

Seattle -> Amsterdam (round trip) = $915

Ferry/cruise tickets: $134

Amsterdam -> Kinderdijk windmills (round trip) = $134

Food: $54/day x 24 days = $1,296

Rental car: $531

$59/day x 9 days = $531

Gas: $50

Entertainment: $221

Airbnb: $209/day x 23 days = $4,807

TOTAL: $7,954