The Netherlands

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With its progressive stance on euthanasia, gay marriage, and drug use, the Netherlands has earned a reputation as Europe's bastion of liberal thinking. So it was all the more shocking last spring when the government passed legislation banning work...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
This is the only place in town with really, really high fashion!" Ileen tells me as she wraps up my Dries Van Noten dress. I've been in Amsterdam just two hours, and I've already bought something at Van Ravenstein, a boutique with a reputation so ...
Americans think of Maastricht (if at all) as the less-sophisticated sister of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. But Europeans have long known Maastricht's civilized charms: Michelin-starred restaurants, castle hotels, and boutiques and galleries that offer...
MADRID Twenty-two-year-old chef Jaime Renedo had a hard time convincing his mother to let him open a restaurant inside her Asian antiques store. How lucky that she relented: Asiana (4 Travesía de San Mateo; 34/91-310-0965; tasting menu for tw...
“It’s part of the philosophy of Dutch design to take an object and give it a new meaning, a new life,” says Erik Schilp, director since 2006 of the Zuiderzee Museum, a suddenly hip monument to a vanished Dutch past about 45 minutes north of Amster...
Amsterdam has always been one of Europe's most beautiful, perfectly preserved cities. Naturally resistant to automobile traffic, it's a stroller and bicyclist's paradise. And, thanks in part to a long history of welcoming persecuted minorities, po...
The patrician building that houses Amsterdam’s premier boutique hotel, the Dylan, was originally constructed in 1772 as the city’s first theater. More than two centuries later, the canal-side edifice is again hosting a spectacle—but this time arou...
Right before I set off for the Netherlands' fine and aqueous and legendarily tolerant capital, friends who know Amsterdam well informed me that rumors of a city wreathed in a marijuana nimbus were, if not altogether untrue, misleading and unfair. ...
SLEEP Housed in the iconic brick building that was once the head office of the HollandAmerica line, Hotel New York (1 Koninginnenhoofd; 3110/ 4390500;hotelnewyork.nl; doubles from $309) has 72 loftlike guest rooms and a lively waterfront oyster b...
Here, five art-rich cities where passes are worth their price. Paris Paris Museum Pass provides access to the Louvre as well as over 60 museums in Paris and the Île-de-France. Cost: $37 for two days; $56 for four days; $74 for six days. Sold at ...
France www.autoroutes.fr Unusual Traffic Rules Police have the authority to collect fines of up to $455 on the spot. Drivers going more than 24 mph over the speed limit can have their licenses confiscated. Speed Limit 50 kmh (30 mph) in...
AMSTERDAM Most Efficient You can rent bicycles at most railway stations, and many streets have designated bike lanes. Cost From $8.50 a day. Scenic but Slow With more than 150 canals in the city, "canal buses" are ideal for exploring. Take the ...
Where to Eat and Drink Score a between-flights sugar fix at Multivlaai. The Dutch café serves more than 40 types of Limburgse vlaaien (buttery, flan-like pastries). Strawberry and rice pudding are the biggest crowd-pleasers. For another local fav...
Manhattan and Amsterdam share more than just history. With a calendar of events, hotel recommendations, the latest restaurant openings, and a list of must-see museum exhibitions, www.newyorkamsterdam.com helps art lovers traveling between the two ...