The 12th edition of Excellence in Pediatrics will take place 3-5 December 2020 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Did you know there are more canals in Amsterdam than there are in Venice? Since it was founded in the 12th century, Amsterdam has evolved from a small fishing village into one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, and now into a bustling and beautifully preserved cosmopolis with about 800,000 residents, 880,000 bicycles, 165 canals, 1,281 bridges and 40 parks.
There is no shortage of things to do and see in Amsterdam, whether it’s wandering along the Amsterdam Canal Ring, visiting the Anne Frank House, the many beautiful museums, taking a boat trip around the canals and much more besides. The city is easily negotiated on foot (or hire a bike to get around). This is the city of Rembrandt, Anne Frank, Johan Cruyff, and the Dutch East and West India Companies; there’s a world of fascinating stories, spellbinding art and architecture that has stood the test of time.
Unmissable at Christmas is the Festival of Light (see link below) which illuminates the city with dazzling works of light art. Each year hundreds of proposals are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the globe. A selection committee then chooses about 30 artworks that make up the festival’s installations. Past years have featured the work of prominent artists such as Ai Weiwei and Nicole Banowetz. The view can be enjoyed via a cruise or via walking routes and is a sight not to be missed.
Amsterdam Canal Ring
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the canal belt – impossible to miss. There are beautiful 17th Century houses lining each side of the canal, lots of cafes and plenty of bridges to cross! The four canals that make up the inner canal belt in Amsterdam are the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht. This area is known in Dutch as the ‘Grachtengordel’. It was built in the 17th century to deal with an increasing population during the Dutch Golden age and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. An unbelievably pretty sight by both day and night - when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel.
To get to the Singel canal, you need to come out of the front of Amsterdam’s central station, turn right and walk for about 5 minutes until you can see the water. It is easy to navigate your way around. To reach any one of the other canals you can turn right on one of the bridges along the Singel and follow the street to the next canal.
“Ice Village” is a traditional Dutch Christmas market in the centre of Amsterdam, next to the ice rink at Museumplein. This is the place to come to watch the skaters (or even join in) whilst enjoying hot mulled wine and Dutch Christmas foods amongst lit up trees and dazzling lights all with the stunning Rijksmuseum as your backdrop. Come here for traditional Dutch street food, hot drinks and a truly Dutch Christmas spirit!
Windmills: A trip to the Netherlands wouldn't be complete without seeing a windmill and you don’t even have to leave the city to do so - There are eight windmills in Amsterdam so no excuses!
Bike Hire: Bicycle rentals are readily available throughout the city. Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square are all major rental hubs. Day rates average €10 with some multi-day rates around €8. Bikes are sturdy and locks are included. More information for this can be found on the link below
Amsterdam Flower Market: Reputed to be the only floating flower market in the world. Bulbs are sold ready for export.
- Micropia – The only museum of its kind, displaying the invisible world of microorganisms.
- Electric Ladyland: The world's only museum devoted to the wonders of fluorescence.
- Nelis Antiques – Medical and Pharmaceutical vintage collections/antiques
- Our Lord in the Attic – Now a museum this lovely Amsterdam canal house has a hidden treasure in the attic………. A church!
- Amsterdam's smallest house - is also a teahouse with a wide variety of teas available.
- Unusual Places to eat in Amsterdam - Go on…. Be adventurous!
- Amsterdam City Card - Save Money and get a discounted pass.
- Bike Hire - Hire a bike and ride like a native.
- Museums - Soak up the culture and see outstanding things.
- Amsterdam Flower Market - Purportedly the only floating market in the world.
- Ice Village - Enjoy watching the skating with the Rijksmuseum as a stunning backdrop.
- Amsterdam Light Festival - Marvel at the spectacular Light Artworks
- Albert Cuyp - Amsterdam’s best market - food, products, entertainment
- Amsterdam’s Secret Islands - Take a stroll around the Western Islands
- Royal Palace - Largest and most prestigious building from the Golden Age
- Sinterklaas - Learn the Christmas traditions
- Practical Information - Amsterdam - Info
- Amsterdam Itineraries - An hour? A day? More - see the best way to see Amsterdam
- 100 Highlights of Amsterdam Cruise - An evening cruise taking in the Festival of Light?
- The Heineken Experience - A small brewery became one of the world’s best-loved beers.
- The Amsterdam Cheese Museum – Known and very unknown cheeses – all vacuum-packed and ready to travel.
- Reypenaer Cheese and Wine Tasting Room - 6 different cheeses paired with white and red wine, port and non-alcoholic drinks. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
- Amsterdam Tulip Museum - What’s a trip to Amsterdam without tulips?
- What are the food specialities? - 15 Typical things to enjoy in Amsterdam.
- Shopping in Amsterdam? - After all… Christmas is around the corner.
- Walking Tours - Follow their itinerary or create your own