Looking for one place to visit during a quick trip in Amsterdam, London or Munich? Here are my top picks. Be warned: I love the hell out of art and galleries!
Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum
Where can you go wrong with this huge icon of the art gallery world. There’s a stunning building with lovely surroundings and interior. Amazing masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists as well as interesting mazes of museum pieces like gun collections, recreation of an 18th century room and gorgeous sculpture. Don’t forget to see the highlight of the collection: The Night Watch. To top off the visit is the large and airy cafe that serves delicious gourmet dishes.
London – Spitalfields
Get off the Central tube line at Liverpool Station and walk over to Spitalfields Market and the beautiful white church just beyond it. Street art and fascinating architecture await you as well as some of the best food with all sorts on offer including Caribbean, Mexican, breakfast, burgers, greek, crepes and cupcakes. There’s a Doc Martin’s store and market stalls to buy homemade gifts. After a good meal and some shopping spend the rest of the day strolling the streets for the new art and stay into the night with a Jack the Ripper walking tour.
Munich – Alte Pinakothek
Yes, another art gallery but this was my favourite place in Munich. You can wander around here all day getting lost in the amazing collection which includes a room filled with ginormous Rubens paintings and iconic works by Boucher, Dürer, Weyden, Raphael, Bruegel and Rembrandt. The cafe is perfect for a quick lunch and rest between art touring. Featuring marble accents, chubby cupid sculptures and dark purple velvet chairs the cafe is a treat in itself, then out comes the classic high quality German food. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop before you leave so you can have Dürer’s famous 1500 portrait on your fridge!