Think of a short break in Amsterdam and the mind immediately conjures up myriad images of a city renowned for its liberal, tolerant and laid-back reputation, where modernity is embraced with as much passion as tradition. From the cosmopolitan café culture amongst the cobbles to gentle cruises along charismatic canals, from the red light district to the artistic richness of Rembrandt and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam caters for every cultural persuasion and budget.
Indeed, for a city that’s recently witnessed the regal pomp, patriotic fervour and traditional splendour of King Willem-Alexander’s ascendency to the throne, not to mention the much-anticipated, grand reopening of its cultural crown jewel, the prestigious Rijksmuseum, it would be fair to say that Amsterdam’s fascinatingly-rich heritage more than meets the demands of the average visitor.
And yet, if you’re looking for a little light relief after many hours of cultural appreciation of Flemish Masters, Van Gogh and Anne Frank, why not venture down to the Amsterdam Expo, where opening today (May 30) is an exhibition dedicated to 25 years of Pixar Animation. This intriguing backstage tour takes visitors deep into the world of Pixar with over 500 original artworks on loan from the Pixar Animation Studios in California detailing the stories, creative processes and techniques involved in bringing together some of the most famous and successful animation films ever produced, including Toy Story, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Up.
Running until October 27, the exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm and entrance costs 16€ per person (10€ 6-18 years; 0-5 years free).