‘Amsterdam in Wintertime’ a list of things to do this winter Part 1 of 3

Amsterdam Marketing and the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions international recently treated a group of us to a 3-day press trip titled: ‘Amsterdam in wintertime’. The press trip was the ‘Grand Finale’ of their 2013 festive program. The trip included a day at the beautiful city of Haarlem.

If you are visiting or planning a trip to Amsterdam this winter. Here is a list of exciting places to visit, besides the infamous Coffee Shops;-) Be sure to pack your warmest clothes and chunky scarves and gloves.

At this time of the year, the city is a sea of Christmas lights and decorations, which makes it beautiful and cosy or as the Dutch would say “gezellig” . Don’t be put out by the cold weather, get out there and explore as most places have heaters or central heating. This is part 1 of 3.

DSC02309 Fashionistas and trend-setters start your trip with a visit to ‘de Bijenkorf’ (literally translation “the beehive”). This is the Netherlands’ largest high-end department store. We had a delicious lunch at its Bijenkorf’s flagship store on Dam Square. This is a heaven for fashion luxury top brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Hugo Boss and others. The brand activations are impressive. Here is what to expect:

DSC02285DSC02289 DSC02290DSC02294 DSC02295 DSC02296 DSC02297 DSC02299 DSC02300 DSC02301 DSC02302DSC02304 DSC02307 DSC02308For more luxury and glamour, check out the ‘Gassan Diamonds’ factory located at Amsterdam’s Zwanenburgerstraat. Founded in October 1945 by Samuel Gassan, the company concentrates on diamond cutting, wholesaling and retailing in set diamonds, loose polished diamonds, gold jewellery and watches. They house 65 brands, including Tag Heuer, Raymond Weil, Mont Banc and others.

The Gassan Diamonds factory welcomes about 350 000 visitors. They offer a FREE guided tour where multilingual staff will take you through the various stages of diamond polishing. You will get to see the impressive diamonds up close and try out some of their sparkly collection.

For more info visit >> http://www.gassan.com/

They are opened Mo -Su: 09:00 – 17:00 hour

DSC02310 DSC02312 DSC02316 DSC02327 DSC02333 DSC02339 DSC02340To warm up, visit the historical Cafe de Sluyswacht, an adorable wonky house in the Jodenbreestraat 1. The ambiance is cosy and the view from upstairs, looking out to the canals, is beautiful.

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Have a traditional winter drink, named Glühwein (Glow wine in German). It’s a hot, spiced wine also known as mulled. The taste grows on you and the drink warms you up instantly.

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Cafe de Sluyswacht is located at Jodenbreestra Tel: 020-6257611

Website link: http://www.sluyswacht.nl/

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Tot Ziens! Until Part 2

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