Boyd Farrow

Amsterdam is beloved for—and is defined by—its Golden Age, which lasted for most of the 17th century. The city’s medieval core is choc-full of gorgeous canals lined with narrow gabled houses, atmospheric lanes, iconic drawbridges, and blockbuster museums showcasing the Netherlands’ rich culture and history. Yet Amsterdam is actually enjoying a new Golden Age. The candle-lit cafés, cobbled walkways and laid-back vibe are still there, of course, but the city is rapidly growing—in ambition and size. The cutting-edge architecture in the regenerated port areas is transforming Amsterdam’s skyline as the city’s warehouses are converted into hipster hotels, pioneering dining concepts, innovative retail hubs and experimental art complexes. In the city famous for its adventurers, there has never been so much to explore.