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    November 2014 Sawubona 83


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    84 Sawubona November 2014

    to the delightful neighbourhood of Jordaan, where cobbled streets and cosy bars offer a taste of local Amsterdam life. Rembrandt lived his last years here and is buried in the Westerkerk church on the fringes of the suburb. On the Prinsengracht Canal youll also nd the famous Anne Frank House, where the young Jewish diarist and her family went into hiding during the Holocaust of World War II.

    If you plan to visit a number of museums, the I amsterdam card is worth buying. It includes free or discounted entrance to most major attractions, as well as unlimited use of public transport and a free canal cruise. The 2014 card is available for 24 hours (47), 48 hours (57) or 72 hours (67).

    .*=+While Amsterdams historic canals dene the city for most visitors, its certainly not resting on its watery laurels. While retaining its relaxed charm, its constantly reinventing itself and the northern fringes of the central area are home to some exciting developments. The revamped Municipal Library and Courts of Justice near Centraal Station are both open for visitors to enjoy.

    Then take a free ferry across to Noord Amsterdam, where youll nd the striking EYE Film Museum. Aside

    from its galleries and theatres, it has a restaurant offering great city views and well-priced meals.

    Amsterdams two most famous museums have also recently reopened after major renovations. The Van Gogh Museum houses the worlds largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh and a 20 million revamp has transformed the visitor experience. A striking new entrance that will add 800m to the museum is also under construction, due to be unveiled in mid-2015.

    Further up the Museumplein, the Rijksmuseum has reopened after a 10-year renovation that transformed this once dour landmark into a bright, airy and easy-to-navigate space.