Why now: This year the New Golden Age dawns in the gay-friendly Dutch capital, with the magnificent Rijksmuseum reopening in April (following a decade of renovations), and the Van Gogh Museum doing the same a month later. Amsterdam’s main contemporary art repository, the Stedelijk Museum, also just reopened in September after an eight year overhaul, and the city’s revolutionary Homomonument just celebrated its 35th birthday.
Where to stay: The luxurious, historic, and canal-side Pulitzer
Where to eat: The naturally fantastic breakfast, lunch and high tea at Gartine
Where to drink: The lively, friendly and central Queen’s Head
Image by Rob Marson