Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam  |  The Ultimate Winter Destination

erlands’ famous ‘stamppot’ (potatoes mashed with vegetables or fruits). If you are looking to dance off all those delicious and filling winter meals, head off to one of the fantastic hotel bars on offer in the city. Being a relatively new concept in the Netherlands, Amsterdam shows that hotels are not just for sleeping, but also offer a dazzling nightlife option.

Let it freeze It is one of the most anticipated winter issues in the Netherlands: will temperatures drop enough to create those fabulous ice rinks on the canals? Luckily in Amsterdam, you can go ice skating even when temperatures stay above freezing point. ICE*Amsterdam presents a unique ice skating experience on Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square), with the Rijksmuseum as a phenomenal background, and runs until 5 February.

Photo: Koen Smilde

TOP TIP: I amsterdam City Card: enjoy free unlimited transport, free entry to Amsterdam’s best museums and attractions, and great discounts. Also usable for trips to neighbouring towns around Amsterdam. Prices depend on the length of your stay – choose from a 24, 48, 72 or 96-hour card.

The Museumplein is also the perfect starting point for your cultural tour through Amsterdam, with the city’s museums offering exciting exhibitions during winter. Curious to see Amsterdam’s wintery skyline? A beautiful view will be your reward when you take on the cold on the rooftop at the NEMO Science Museum. For cultural highlights in Amsterdam, go to page 14 For great places to stay in Amsterdam, go to page 22 Photo: Marie Charlotte Pezã

DO NOT MISS: Photo: Marie Charlotte Pezã

- Paradiso Choir Days – Originally a church, now a modern-day pop temple: Amsterdam’s Paradiso is one of the city’s most precious venues. Each year it transforms to a haven for every type of choir. Hallelujah! 14 – 15 January - Whisky Weekend Amsterdam – Love whisky? Then do not miss Amsterdam’s most delicious weekend, when the city’s Posthoornkerk is turned into a magic whisky-tasting room. 20 – 21 January - Chinese New Year – The Chinese New Year is celebrated in Amsterdam as well as all over the world. It marks the beginning of the new lunar year. The annual festival near the Nieuwmarkt has it all: great oriental food, fireworks, and of course the famous dragon dances. 28 January - Amsterdam FashionWeek – For such a small country, the Netherlands has an impressive fashion landscape. During this week in January, new and established fashion design talents take over the capital with their newest collections. 26 – 29 January

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