#10 best destination in the world

Jordaan

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  • The narrow canals and streets Jordaan are flanked by indie boutiques, cozy pubs and hip eateries
  • Stalls at the Noordermarkt square market offer jewelry, clothes, antiques and organic food
  • Antiques Centre Amsterdam sells vintage ceramics and paintings, while smaller galleries in the area focus on innovative contemporary art

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

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

The Torture Museum

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

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

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

Museum Vrolik

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  • Large collection of human anatomical and embryological deformities exhibits
  • Includes a collection of bone pathology, dental collection, and other teratological specimens, as well as animal specimens

Rietveld Schröder House

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  • House built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld, now a museum
  • The house was commissioned to not have walls and created with a connection between the inside and outside
  • Only known example of De Stijl architecture
  • 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

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

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

Costs

Number of Days: 19 days

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

Airline tickets: $663

Seattle -> Amsterdam (round trip) = $663

Food: $53/day x 19 days = $1,007

Rental car: $294

$42/day x 7 days = $294

Gas: $34

Entertainment: $218

Airbnb: $169/day x 18 days = $3,042

TOTAL: $5,258