Do & Eat: Plantage, AmsterdamDe Plantage – stepping in and out of history in the 'Cultural Garden of Amsterdam'
Start your day at the Hermitage Amsterdam, sister location to the celebrated St Petersburg art museum of the same name. The museum opens at 10am – book your tickets to beat the crowds. When your thirst for coffee overpowers your thirst for art, head to Dignita in Hoftuin, just outside the museum gates, for their celebrated all-day brunch. Walk off your poached eggs by taking a longer route to the Botanical Gardens. Turn right out of the Hoftuin main gate, past the memorial to those who protected Jews in the Second World War. You’re in the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam; a city that lost around three-quarters of its Jewish population to the Holocaust. Turn right on to Nieuwe Keizersgracht and walk canalside. Look down: the names, ages and house numbers of holocaust victims, all former residents of this street, are commemorated in plaques along the canal called De Schaduwkade. Turn right along the river Amstel, and right again at Nieuwe Herengracht then continue through the underpass. When you emerge, you’ll see the greenhouses of De Hortus Botanical Gardens in front of you. Walk along the canal to the entrance on the other side of the bridge.
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