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Amsterdam a top destination for 2013

Amsterdam has been named the second hottest destination in the world to visit in 2013 according to Lonely Planet. The annual list is compiled based on feedback from the popular guide’s online community, staff and writers.

The Lonely Planet list is not based on where travellers are already going but rather where they believe travellers should consider visiting in 2013. Amsterdam's high ranking is likely based on the upcoming 'Amsterdam 2013' theme year. In celebration of several incredible milestones such as the opening of the renovated Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum and 400 years of the Canal Ring, the year will be chock-full of events.

Amsterdam: Golden Age charmer prepares to party

Best for: Culture, events, food

Amsterdam always cast a spell on travellers, but the party ramps up big-time in 2013, when more anniversaries than you can shake a herring at coincide. The famed canal ring turns 400 years old. It’s Vincent van Gogh’s 160th birthday and the 40th for his colour-swirled museum. The Rijksmuseum re-opens after a 10-year renovation. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – often considered the world’s best – blows out 125 candles. Plus the Artis Royal Zoo and Felix Meritis cultural centre mark 175 years and 225 years, respectively. It all adds up to a slew of celebratory concerts, exhibits and street fests grooving throughout 2013. Read more

Visitors rate Amsterdam 8.1 out of 10

An extensive survey conducted by the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board in 2012 revealed that visitors are extremely satisfied with the city. Based on feedback from over 10,000 visitors, Amsterdam was rated 8.1 out of 10. Visitors to the city were primarily pleased with aspects including the atmosphere, the compact layout of the city and the architecture.
Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2013

    San Francisco, US
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Hyderabad, India
    Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
    Beijing, China
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Hobart, Australia
    Montreal, Canada
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Latest news

Germaine Kruip reveals the invisible in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk

From November 25, 2015 until March 27, 2016 under the title Geometry of the Scattering, the Oude Kerk presents an exhibition by Dutch artist Germaine Kruip. With the cooperation of curator Krist Gruijthuijsen, an ensemble of works was selected that has never been exhibited in the Netherlands before. Together with new work inspired by the monumental Oude Kerk, such as A Square, Spoken and Simultaneous Contrast, this exhibition also includes previous work that has been specially adapted for the exhibition space, including Column Untitled (2011) and Marble Untitled (2009).


Amsterdam Art Weekend from 26 – 29 November 2015

Amsterdam Art Weekend, from 26 – 29 November, turns Amsterdam into a city that breathes contemporary art. More than fifty participants.The fourth edition of Amsterdam Art Weekend, one of the most important art events of Amsterdam, takes place during the last weekend of November - not coincidentally the same weekend the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten opens its doors to the public.


City guide Amsterdam + Metropole region, an accessible route of Amsterdam's highlights

The guide has been developed by Accessible Travel Netherlands in cooperation with two other Amsterdam based companies; Field Factors and Starbikes Rental.


D(esign)-day Maastricht is looking for good design

D(esign)-day will host its tenth edition in May 2015. This special anniversary edition will unite exceptional, innovative, and unique designers from the Netherlands and abroad at one extraordinary location, and will feature an interesting programme that challenges both participants and visitors.


Rotterdam rises twenty places on the world ranking of convention cities

Rotterdam has been acclaimed as the second-ranking convention city in the Netherlands for the sixth year running. The metropolis on the Maas is sharing second place with The Hague this year.


Amsterdam: a creative and diverse capital

According to recent research carried out by the Martin Prosperity Institute, Amsterdam is one of the best developed cities in the world based on ‘the three T’s of economic development: Tolerance, Talent and Technology’.