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Amsterdam Travel Guide

Museum District

In short, the history of art is here at your fingertips (not to mention your potentially blistered toetips), as Rembrandts, Van Goghs, and Bill Violas are all on evocative display in the city's three main art museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Vincent van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum of modern art.

The sheer quantity of quality on display in the museums located around Museumplein

offers a remarkably complete lesson in the history of Western art. But remember that when it comes to art, as with all good things in life, moderation is the key. Happily, what saves this neighborhood from drowning in its own rarefied air is the not-to-be-missed people's park and city's lung, the Vondelpark, where you can neutralize your art-soaked eyes with the restful greens of grasses and trees while sipping on a beverage or scoffing down a picnic. When you regain your energy, remember that this neighborhood also harbors the most elitist shopping options along the country's most famous fashion strip, P. C. Hooftstraat. And the antiques shops along Nieuwe Spiegelstraat are everything a shopaholic could wish for.

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