European Heritage Days 2015 in Amsterdam

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Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “... ... read more

Amsterdam European Heritage Days Overview

Europe is quickly changing as it adapts to waves of international migration. That’s why the Council of Europe and the European Commission started the European Heritage Days, or Doors Open Days, back in 1991 under the unifying motto of “Europe: a common heritage.” The European Heritage Days celebrate the shared histories of European countries along with the diversity that new immigrants contribute to European culture.

Every year in September and October, 50 countries take part in the European Heritage Days, offering over 20 million visitors access to over 30,000 cultural sites and landmarks. Each country selects its theme for the year and offers the public access to historical sites and monuments that aren’t normally open to visitors. European Heritage Days takes place at different times from September through October, and at different parts of each country every year, offering returning guests something new with each visit.

The goal of European Heritage Days is to highlight an important aspect of each European culture while bringing diverse European citizens together through this shared experience. New visitors to Europe have the chance to dive head first into a particular host country, while seasoned travelers can rediscover a particular culture through each year’s changing theme.

Each September, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Netherland’s European Heritage Days for special events and open houses at thousands of landmarks, monuments, and museums in cities and towns all over the country. In addition to the open houses, hundreds of expert guides, archeologists, and conservationists volunteer to educate the public with free historical walks, tours, and talks on Dutch culture and history.

In Amsterdam, the Venice of the North’s most popular cultural institutions open their doors to the public for free events and tours. Visit the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) to take in the master works or stop by the Gemeenlandshuis for an inside look at its Louis XIV style. And at AJ Kropholler’s Hofkerk, learn more about traditionalist Dutch architecture with a guided walking tour.

Past themes at European Heritage Days Amsterdam include “Power and Glory,” “Historic Green,” and “New Use – Old Buildings.” Whether you want to explore ancient canals or wander the elegant halls of the Geelvinck Hinlopen House, there’s something for everyone at the annual European Heritage Days in Amsterdam.

With cultural demonstrations, folk concerts, and tours, European Heritage Days Amsterdam offers visitors the chance to soak in as much of authentic Dutch heritage as time permits. Most events and landmark tours are free, but some of the more popular historical sites may require advanced registration. After discovering another side of Dutch culture in Amsterdam, celebrate this great city by learning drinking traditions from the locals at the historic cafés nearby.

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