Whilst for painting, the 17th century undoubtedly forms the Netherlands' Golden Age, in many ways it is the 18th century which is the Golden Age for the Dutch musical arts. With a richly vibrant and cosmopolitan music scene with far reaching international influences and interests, the Netherlands in the 18th century was a buzz with musical activity.
Amsterdam is a beautiful and dynamic city. Over the past decades it has attracted tourists from all over the world. Recently, the city has been gradually encompassing Amsterdam Noord, the Northern part of the city, separated by water; Het IJ. Long ago, this was the district where criminals and villains were exiled and hanged. Those days are behind us, and seeing the area from this side of the water gives you a fresh and interesting view of the central city.