10 ways to travel around Amsterdam and the Netherlands (from your couch!)

What must you do in the event you actually need to journey however it’s not attainable but? Because of fashionable know-how, Amsterdam and the Netherlands are a lot nearer than they seem.

All you want is a dependable web connection, a little bit of creativeness and, if attainable, some English. Listed here are 10 methods to journey the Netherlands with out leaving your sofa!

1. Savour the artwork

The nation’s main museums are preserving updated and progressively digitising their collections. For instance, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam not solely introduced essentially the most detailed picture of The Evening Watch taken through the restoration of the portray but additionally uploaded greater than 700,000 digitised copies of its large assortment. It’s also possible to take an audio tour of the museum’s major corridor or participate in particular challenges. 

One other museum that has efficiently tailored to COVID occasions is The Hague’s Mauritshuis. By digitising its assortment at 1,000 megapixels decision, it turned the primary gigapixel museum. Now viewers from all around the world have the chance to ‘stroll’ round it on their very own or with a guided tour and see the artworks of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Potter and different masters in nice element.

For superior customers, there’s a VR possibility, and a few digitised works, reminiscent of Jan Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Earring, permit you to peek underneath the paint utilizing infrared images and see the unique sketches and alterations made by the artist.

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2. Have a look round with a 360° video

In case you don’t keep in mind what the Netherlands appeared like earlier than the quarantine: these movies permit you to see flower fields, windmills, cheese markets and the whole lot the nation is known for, with an immersive impact.

3. Rise above town or flower fields

Courtesy of www.AirPano.ru

Dreaming of flying over multi-coloured fields of tulips or seeing what Amsterdam seems like from a chook’s eye view? Then listed below are some fantastic spherical panoramas for you, taken from the air over Amsterdam and the flowery fields and windmills. Notice that you should utilize the setting button to alter the picture projections from fisheye to photosphere.

4. Take heed to the sounds of Amsterdam

A compilation for a psychological stroll via town with its typical sounds in all their glory: from concert events to bicycle bells, from ferry indicators to chirping birds. The Sounds of Amsterdam venture was created by inventive company Natwerk and concrete advertising company IAmsterdam particularly for an inspiring and protected stroll via the capital metropolis in COVID occasions.

5. Get pleasure from a ship journey round Amsterdam’s canals

It’s arduous to think about a go to to Amsterdam with out a boat journey alongside its many well-known canals. Travelling just about you should utilize a tour from the Dwelling Walks venture, filmed in first particular person. So hop into the boat and luxuriate in this sluggish, enjoyable trip via summer season Amsterdam! By the way in which, Dwelling Walks even have nice strolling excursions round completely different cities within the Netherlands.

6. Daydream out a automotive window whereas listening to native radio

This one is an actual godsend for vacationers and Amsterdamers alike, as not lots of them have the chance to expertise automotive visitors within the metropolis centre. The Drive & Pay attention web site and app, created by a pupil named Erkam Şeker through the coronavirus quarantine, permit you to discover 38 completely different cities in a brand new means: having fun with the views from the automotive window, accompanied by the sounds of the streets or native radio stations. Choose Amsterdam on the menu, sit again, activate the radio, let’s go! 

7. Fly over the Dutch capital

On this 4K UHD video by the Dutch Drone Derps workforce, you’ll get to know Amsterdam from the drone’s perspective: breathtaking views of the Royal Palace, Central Station, Museum Sq. and different well-known landmarks with virtually no folks and in movement. The usage of drones is strictly forbidden over a lot of the metropolis, so bear in mind: the flight won’t be fully authorized.

8. Learn how the COVID-19 period is in Amsterdam

To be able to doc and protect the collective reminiscence of the COVID-19 period, in Could 2020, the Amsterdam Museum requested artists and extraordinary residents to share tales about it within the type of pictures, movies, audio or texts. It has resulted in an ongoing on-line exhibition known as Corona within the Metropolis.

Its items, reminiscent of pictures of empty streets and golf equipment, are completely different tales of vulnerability, consolation, loneliness and solidarity, of what the folks of Amsterdam have needed to endure over the previous yr. They’ve all been added to the museum’s digital assortment and could be utilized in an actual exhibition sooner or later. 

9. See what’s occurring on Dam Sq. proper now

Watch the above livestream from the center of Amsterdam, which has develop into notably in style with locals throughout curfew. The webcam supplies a view of what was as soon as one of many metropolis’s noisiest spots: Dam Sq., the Royal Palace and the Nationwide Monument.

In case you’ve been right here earlier than, you’ll discover the spirit of the measures — regardless that Dutch authorities is enjoyable coronavirus restrictions it’s nonetheless fairly empty in comparison with the pre-coronavirus period. 

10. Take a stroll to the Dutch landscapes 

Now, as we’ve seen sufficient of town life, let’s change the surroundings. What a few digital nature stroll? With the assistance of Google Road View that may be simply organized!

Let’s begin with my private favourite forested space of Nationaal Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug, proceed at Griend, the small uninhabited Dutch island within the Wadden Sea, and end at one of many tallest hills of the county — Mount Saint Peter aka Sint-Pietersberg — the limestone massif in Limburg province with the peak of 171 meter above the ocean stage (you could not discover it so spectacular however it’s a huge deal within the Netherlands)!

Have you ever been digitally exploring wherever from the consolation of your personal house through the pandemic? Share it with us within the feedback beneath!

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