Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Rijks

The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, the most famous is his masterpiece, the Night Watch.Afterwards treat yourself: Joris Bijdendijk’s highly personal cuisine at RIJKS has put the Rijksmuseum’s culinary masterpiece firmly on the map - Divine.

Really enjoyed the Rijksmuseum which is laid out chronologically, with all the Dutch Masters represented, as well as a good sampling of Impressionists, including Van Gogh. Explanatory sheets for each major work (like the Night’s Watch) give additional information and insight. There are 8,000 Masterworks on display including model ships and rich costumes. Paintings are surrounded by clusters of artefacts from the same period. By the time we were finished here we were very hungry, so it made sense to head to Rijks!

These bronze cast sculptures in front of the Rembrandt statue first appeared in Rembrandt Square in 2006 to mark the 400th birthday of Rembrandt. They are a 3D portrayal of his most famous painting “Nachtwacht” – The Night Watch.

The Tasting Menu for lunch at Rijks, a Michelin Star restaurant was divine. We had 7 courses paired with wine. The red beet was excellent. Beautifully presented, perfectly sized and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

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