Amsterdam will be the epicenter of an epic year of anniversaries in 2013. A calendar full of celebrations and events includes the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam's iconic Canal Ring, which has earned the city its nickname, "Venice of the North."
The new year also marks the 175th birthday of the Netherland's most famous zoo, the Artis Royal Zoo, home to 900 species of animals. The city's beloved Rijksmuseum also reopens in Spring 2013, after years of renovation, and will showcase some 800 years of Dutch history in its newly restored halls.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Concertgebouw concert hall are celebrating their 125th anniversary. Finally, art lovers will gather to celebrate the 160th birthday of famed Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the 40th anniversary of the popular Van Gogh Museum, which is reopening following renovations.
10 Travel Hot Spots for 2013Where to go in the coming year? Any one of these places is worth a visit.