The Rijksmuseum was designed by Pierre Cuypers and was offcially opened in 1885. It is built in the so-called historic style borrowing elements from Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It was heavily criticized at the time for being too ‘medieval’ and ‘not Dutch enough’ but has become a well-loved Amsterdam landmark.
The garden around the Rijksmuseum is a surprisingly tranquil place right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Museumplein. A great place to sit and relax surrounded by an abundance of plants, owners, statues and vases, or to enjoy a game of chess on the giant chess board. The fountain doubles as a water playground for anyone who wants to cool down on a hot day.
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam