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There are many excellent reasons to book a weekend away in this charming city of canals, cosy cafes, cycling and class clubbing; but none more so than the major re-opening, after a decade of renovation, of the marvel that is the Rijksmuseum.

Spanish architectural firm Cruz y Ortiz have spent the last ten years recreating and re-visioning the legendary gallery and the new glass atrium spills new light onto the Golden Age of art. The 40 Rembrandts and 4 Vermeers that have been out of sight for so long, are back in all their glory, including the famed "Night Watch" and "Woman Reading a Letter". Dutch painting from the fifteenth century on is the main attraction here, but there is much more to see. Asian art gets its own newly built pavilion and there is everything from ceramics, dolls houses, weaponry, textiles, statues and lacquer work to admire. After a good wander around, you can rest in the accessible garden, a calm spot with fragments of Golden Age gateways.

As if this weren't enough, the Van Gogh Museum also reopened in May of this year. With over seven hundred of the artist's paintings and drawings it is the largest permanent collection in the world. It is still housed in the Rietveld building, which has been impressively refurbished and enlarged, but there is now a new wing which will stage temporary exhibitions to enhance the perspective on his life and work. The museum has such copious archives this gives an opportunity to display more of their hidden treasures, as well as borrowing from private collectors. Van Gogh is so beloved, even all these years after his tragic suicide, that the queues here can be very long. Try to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds and get a better chance to browse.

For something a little more twenty-first century, you can take in another new enterprise in the city. This is the so-called Hotel Droog, somewhat confusingly named, as although you can sleep there, it only has one suite. It is a showcase for design and among its many cool features is an exhibition space. More modern art can be viewed at the Stedelijk Museum with an astounding collection of pre-war art from the likes of Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Cezanne and heading past 1945, De Kooning, Lichtenstein, Nauman and Warhol. The museum itself is a curiosity, shaped like a giant bath.

The streets are not only tailor-made for meandering; they are also a living art show unto themselves. Guerilla-poet Laser has scribbles all over the city walls and there is graffiti, stencils and sculpture almost everywhere you look.

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without homage to the tiny house on Prinsengracht that was home to the Frank family and where Anne wrote her famous diary. It is so hard to believe that Anne, her sister Margot, their parents and four other Jewish people were hidden in here for two years, thanks to the bravery and kindness of their good friends. It is a very poignant and touching place which cannot help but move you. There is now an accompanying exhibition that documents the persecution of the Jews.

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