If you've never been to Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, then you should definitely consider visiting in 2017. With Eurostar's first direct train service to Amsterdam from London expected later on this year, and the cultural events scheduled for 2017, the city is sure to become a hot destination.
Amsterdam went from a small fishing village to the most populous municipality in the Netherlands, and one of the top European destinations. During the years, tourists have identified this beautiful city with coffee shops and the Red Lights District, yet there's so much more to see and do. Art, music, movies and a deep love for nature make it a definitely must see destination for every traveler.
If I still haven’t convinced you to visit Amsterdam in 2017, then know that this is the year that celebrates art, exhibitions and new openings. The Stedelijk Museum will in fact celebrate the De Stijl Centenary. De Stijl was a Dutch artistic movement founded in 1917 in Amsterdam, also known as neoplasticism. This movement has had an indelible impact on art, design and architecture: love it or hate it, it is impossible to ignore it. The Stedelijk Museum is getting ready for three of the biggest exhibitions ever planned in the course of 2017. The first one will run from January to 27 Mayand it's entitled "De Stijl and the Stedelijk". Another one, from 8 Aprilto 17 September, will showcase the work of Christ Beekman, a political activist and artist. The third one will mainly focus on furniture, interior textiles, packaging and designs created by the De Stijl artists for the store Metz & Co. It will run from 14 October to 28 January 2018.
The second most popular museum in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, who scores almost 2 million visitors per year, will also have a new exhibition from the 3 March to the 11 June. It is called "Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street" and will take the visitors by the hand to the French capital, through some of the most iconic French prints of the Museum's collection. The revolution of printmaking erupted from 1890 onwards, and the exhibition will focus on the prints that were raised to the level of high art, stored in private collections, theaters and exclusive galleries. You will have the chance to see iconic posters like those from Le Chat Noir and Le Moulin Rouge. The Museum will also host a range of activities and events on this theme, including lectures and workshops.
If you love movies, then you can't miss the major exibition that the Eye Film Institute, the only museum in Amsterdam open day and night, will devote to one of the most important film directors of the past half century: Martin Scorsese. From the 25 May to the 3 September 2017 you will be able to enjoy this very interesting exhibition compiled from his private archive in New York, and from the personal collections of Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader. This exhibition aims to shed some light on Scorsese's sources of inspiration, on the way he works and how he influenced the modern cinema. Like every big event at The Eye, it won't be a "static" exhibition: it will walk the viewers through videos, movie fragments, photos, press articles, original scenarios and set designs.
Amsterdam in 2017 will also have new important openings. The first new gem in town is the Sir Adam hotel, located in the first eight floors of the city's landmark A'DAM Toren, overlooking the City IJ-river and Amsterdam's historic city center, not too far from the EYE. With a whopping 108 rooms, meeting and event spaces and industrial-chic interiors, this mansion, will definitely be one of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam. Opened in February, it targets mainly millennials in love with music and entertainment. The musical theme is in fact layered throughout the hotel, and it includes a music library accessible by Bluetooth. Fun fact: the bathrooms in the corner rooms have showers with full length windows overlooking the plazas and nearby rooftops. For those with an exhibitionist streak only!
Last but not least, there's another reason to visit Amsterdam in 2017 and it's called Mad Fox. The new high-end underground club in the heart of the city will soon welcome those who want to defy the day, in a cosmopolitan nightclub. This unequalled luxury club will open its doors on the lower floor of the W Amsterdam: all steel, black concrete, high tech lighting and table service. The opening date has been set early in 2017, and while the club is already hiring its personnel, there still isn't any official announcement.
As this beautiful city shows the world that it has more than weed and beautiful ladies framed into street windows, the hotels are rapidly filling up. It might be a good idea then to plan your visit to Amsterdam as soon as possible to make sure you can attend the hottest events scheduled for 2017.
Danila Caputo is a blogger, translator and digital nomad currently working and living near Naples, in the South of Italy. Graduated in languages and literature, she worked as a columnist first, then as graphic designer and photographer for several Italian magazines after her degree. She firmly believes that the world is our heritage and that we should preserve it for the next generations. That's why she supports sustainable travels and local activities, encouraging her readers to be responsible travelers.
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