One of the World’s Greatest Museums Back After Decade-Long Break
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  • Great news. Hope to be back there soon for a second trip.

  • Mark Michael

    I visited the Rijksmuseum on my first visit to Europe, which was in 1970. I had agreed to rendezvous with my younger brother at Dam Square in Amsterdam – at his suggestion. He had spent his junior year in college studying in Cambridge and suggested we do the Grand Tour of the big European cities before he came home. So I bought a Eurail Pass, a rd-trip ticket on Icelandic Airlines (the only cut-rate airline at that time; used old propeller planes that vibrated your guts out for 14 hours) which flew into Brussels. So I had to catch a train to Amsterdam and find my way to Dam’s Square, which turned out to be a big gathering point for long-haired hippies. (My brother had long hair and a beard, too. Thankfully, he recognized me!) I’m not much of an art connoisseur; I vaguely remember large, colorful Rembrandt’s, the “Night Watch” I think was on display.

    I brought along Eric Fromm’s Europe on $5 a Day and we faithfully followed its recommendations as we went from city to city for 3 weeks. We made it on less than $4/day! Lots of youth hostels. (I think it was a train down the Rhine River all the way to Munich; then Salzburg, Vienna, skipped Switzerland into Italy – Venice, Florence, Rome – off to the French Riviera – Nice, up to Paris, and then we split up. I went back to Brussels and home. He went to the Scandinavian countries.) Obviously, we skipped oodles of interesting sites to see. Amsterdam was one of the most pleasant cities on the trip, although I enjoyed them all. Going back is a great idea. (I think I’ve been to Europe maybe 6 or 7 times since, but not The Netherlands – or Scandinavian countries, either.)

  • close_reader

    While you’re in the Netherlands, check out the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam, too–it’s a little jewel.

    • joe___h

      Don’t forget the Mauritshuis in the Hague or the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Both much more of a relaxing and rewarding experience than the Museumplein in the Summer!

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