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Amsterdam named second best city in the world to visit in 2013

One of the world’s most popular travel guides has tipped Amsterdam as one of the best destinations for 2013.

The reopening of the Rijksmuseum is expected to be one of the highlights of 2013.Lonely Planet said a slate of major anniversaries, including the 40th birthday of the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw orchestra’s 125th year, would mean that “the party ramps up big time” in a city renowned for its hedonistic atmosphere.

San Francisco topped the list, compiled each year, with the Indian city of Hyderabad, Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland and the Chinese capital Beijing making up the top five.

The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are both reopening in 2013 following major revamps, following the Stedelijk Museum’s extension this year, restoring the prestige of the Museumplein.

Amsterdammers were also praised for their opposition to plans to restrict access to the city’s coffeeshops, which have made city the world capital of stoner culture for the last 30 years.

“Amsterdammers were against it. They said the new rules would only make illegal street dealing worse,” said Lonely Planet.

The guide names the red light Wallen district, the Anne Frank House and the Grachtenfestival, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the concentric canal rings that define Amsterdam’s geography, as must-see attractions.

It also gives new visitors culinary tips, including pekelvlees (salted beef), erwtensoep (thick pea soup) in winter and Van Dobben’s kroketten (pureed meat fried in breadcrumbs) to round off a night on the town.

Amsterdam Marketing, the city’s tourism bureau, said it was delighted with Lonely Planet’s endorsement. “It’s nice that our efforts to give our year of celebrations international recognition have paid off,” said director Frans van der Avert.

Source: Het Parool: Amsterdam op een na beste wereldstad om te bezoeken