Amsterdam: Home of the Talented
Amsterdam and a Young Girl
The Talented: First amongst these is Anne Frank. Her family sought refuge here from the growing threat of the Nazis, settling in the city in 1934 when Anne was four. The fall of The Netherlands to the Nazis in 1942 led to her family hiding in The Secret Annexe- 500 square foot that they and four others lived in for 2 years. Anne Frank House today pays tribute to this brave and extraordinary citizen of Amsterdam.
The Old Master in Amsterdam
The Dutch Grand Masters lived over 500 years ago, remaining today a gold standard of artistic achievement. The undisputed leader of this group was Rembrandt, who adopted Amsterdam as his home in 1631 living here until his death in 1669. The Rijksmuseum is home to many of his works, most notably the ground-breaking ‘The Night Watch’, which challenged the painting traditions of the day and still brings energy and narrative to military painting.
Rembrandt is also remembered in the Rembrandt House Museum, situated in the house he lived in between 1639-1658. This aims to give the full Rembrandt experience recreating the house as it was during his lifetime.
Modern Masters or The Sons of The Gods
Today the grand masters of Amsterdam appear on the soccer pitch for Ajax. Johan Cruyuff, Frank Rijkaard and Dennis Berkamp to name but a few all grew up in the city and are part of the history of Ajax’s field of dreams.
One of the best regarded teams in Europe, Ajax continues to dominate the Dutch Eredivisie (the top league) as well as European competitions. Stadium tours are available to fully appreciate the significance of the club and its achievements.
Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati offers comfortable and affordable accommodation at the heart of the city; let us help you explore why our beautiful city appealed (and appeals) to these famous residents.