Just in time for the largely abolished Covid restrictions in Holland and on the occasion of a recent Christie’s online art auction, Christie’s International Real Estate’s online magazine luxurydefined presents its Insider’s Guide to Amsterdam. The curated online sale of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by Dutch artists was spanning 400 years of art history. And evidence of this rich past is visible in every facet of the country’s capital—from its mix of architectural styles to the outdoor art lining its parks.

For example, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is known for a hidden artistic gem. The expansive 120-acre (47 ha) setting includes lakes, an open-air theatre, and excellent restaurants—and, in its southern end, a sculpture by Picasso himself. The “Figure découpée l’Oiseau” (The Bird) was donated to Amsterdam by the artist and has remained in the same spot ever since.

Insiders recommend also to head to the nearby Overtoombuurt. You might notice a strange whiff of horses, more to be expected in the countryside than in such a residential area. And following your nose you’ll be rewarded by one of the city’s most beautiful and special spaces: De Hollandsche Manege, an ornate arena dedicated to all things equestrian.

Image: Kaan Sensoy

Expect delicious seasonal dishes and fresh, local produce at De Kas, where, since 2001, the restaurant has operated with the motto, “Harvested in the morning, on your plate in the afternoon.” Image: Kaan Sensoy

Or you can visit the Secret Gardens. The city’s Jordaan neighborhood include its secret gardens or “hofjes”. These are almshouses set around a shared courtyard garden and were originally created by the wealthy to provide housing for those in need. Try a hidden door when you spot one and you’ll soon find yourself in a peaceful oasis, or visit Sint Adrieshofje, one of the oldest hofjes in Amsterdam.

Formerly a church, this four-bedroom villa boasts 5,382 square feet (500 sq m) of interior space on a lot of 1.2 acres (0.5 ha). It is situated alongside the Bloemgracht canal in the city’s Jordaan district, and is on the market with Residence 365 B.V.

In the recently published article, you will find more insider tips for culinary delights, museums that you should definitely visit and city neighborhoods that might be worth investing in.