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28 October, 2016 | By Dimitry

Oud Zuid (Old South)

One of Amsterdam’s poshest real estate neighborhoods, the Oud Zuid includes the Albert-Cuyp market, the Vondelpark and Museumplein, or Museum Square, where the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum are located.

Cool little fun fact: the gardens surrounding the Rijksmuseum are free to enter and boast more than just a few flower beds and garden chairs. There is a permanent collection of statues and sculptures as well as seasonal installations which this year already has included works by Spanish Artist Joan Miró and currently, Giuseppe Penone’s crazy marble, bronze and gold tree sculptures are adding a special little twist to what is effectively an outdoor extension of the Rijksmuseum. Or rather, a free outdoor extension and considering the Rijks is one of the more expensive museums in Amsterdam this is not to be sniffed at.

So add it to your list if you’re looking for a calm, cultural and free, place to sit down and relax in between museums, coffee shops or whatever it is you’re coming to Amsterdam for.

Pix by Frances M. Thompson.

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