Dutch queen reopens Amsterdam's renovated Rijksmuseum

Fireworks erupt amid pomp and ceremony for the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum covers 800 years of Dutch history. Photo: Reuters

Fireworks and fanfare accompanied Dutch Queen Beatrix as she reopened Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum treasure trove of Golden Age masterpieces after a 10-year renovation.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 4:32am

Grand reopening of the Rijksmuseum

Wim Pijbes, general-director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photo: Jonathan Wong. Clockwise from top left: the Rijksmuseum's Great Hall; a bronze sculpture by Shiva Nataraja; Johannes Vermeer's The Milkmaid; a Japanese temple guardian and George Hendrik Breitner's Girl in Kimono.

The general-director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Wim Pijbes, can relate to the headaches afflicting the mammoth West Kowloon Cultural District project.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:09am

Chinese chef slave forced to sleep in cage in Amsterdam

The cook was "exploited in the most terrible way", according to court documents seen yesterday relating to the ongoing trial of a 52-year-old female Chinese restaurant owner and four other suspects on human trafficking charges.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:10am

Meet the Fokkens: Louise and Martine, Amsterdam's oldest prostitutes

Louise and Martine Fokkens pose with a street artist. Photo: AFP

In a busy passage in Amsterdam's red light district, a crowd is gathering as fans jostle to have their picture taken with the city's most famous great-grannies: Louise and Martine Fokkens, the Dutch capital's oldest twin prostitutes.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Portuguese merchant shot dead in Corsica

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Amsterdam shops selling pot will stay open

Foreigners can still smoke hashish at Amsterdam's coffee shops next year despite a new Dutch law to reduce drug tourism. Photo: NYT

Amsterdam's 220 coffee shops, where marijuana and hashish are openly sold and consumed, will remain open next year in spite of a new Dutch law meant to reduce drug tourism, the city's mayor said.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport taps mainland cargo market

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is targeting Chinese and Asian high-technology and pharmaceutical companies as it seeks to boost its appeal as a leading European airfreight hub.

24 Sep 2012 - 2:30am

Schiphol airport eyes hi-tech and drug firms after starting mainland services

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is targeting mainland Chinese and Asian high-technology and pharmaceutical companies as it seeks to boost its appeal as a leading European airfreight hub.

This comes as Air China recently became the latest mainland carrier to inaugurate air cargo services between mainland China and Amsterdam with the launch of a five-times-a-week service on September 12.

24 Sep 2012 - 8:45am



22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

There's more than canals and bicycles to friendly Amsterdam

Amsterdam turned out to be a great European family holiday for this writer and has a lot to offer those travelling with a child or two.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? Stylist-turned-designer Ashburn Eng created young&restless just over a year ago, after years of dolling out advice to designers on how to amplify their looks with a cut here and a dash of colour there. Eng says he wants his avant-garde, ready-to-wear clothes to deliver a strong feminist statement.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Spinning through the years

Sybille de Margerie fell in love with Amsterdam 15 years ago when she visited the city for the first time to go to the Van Gogh Museum.

Since then, she estimates that she has been back at least 20 times, even choosing the scenic city for a three-week team-building exercise for her company.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Floating ideas

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Those affected count most on urban renewal

Prosperity and sophistication inevitably mean greater expectations. Such is the case with Hong Kong's development. Our evolution to a first-world city has meant that what was permitted in the past is no longer acceptable. This has to be the underlying philosophy behind the reshaping of the Urban Renewal Authority.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Singlehood can be tough on New Year's Eve but reaching the stroke of midnight sans smooching partner is a minor tragedy compared with having to wait for more than three centuries to find a soul mate.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am