According to The Lonely Planet, Amsterdam is the second best ‘place to be’ on earth. Amsterdam got this high score due to its culture, fun events and good restaurants. The city of San Francisco is the winner of the contest and ends up at first place.
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.