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Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta together list their hidden gems. Addresses where you can unleash your senses and taste, smell, hear, see and experience, all here in the Netherlands. Curious which five hotspots are on the list? Read along.Text: Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta | Online editor: Natasha Hendriks
Image: Rahi Rezvani

NDSM wharf & Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam

Ralph: “The former shipyard in Amsterdam-Noord is a rugged and iconic area on the IJ. The free character, the post-industrial buildings and the creative atmosphere form the backdrop where culture, self-organization and urban development come together. An indispensable cultural sanctuary for and of the city. The crane hotel is an eye-catcher. Containing three luxury suites and an outdoor jacuzzi at a height of fifty meters!” Lonneke: “I came to the NDSM site when I was studying and not yet living in Amsterdam. I thought it was one of the coolest things to go to. I went to party on a large boat that was moored there and attended performances in the Lasloods. And I still come there regularly. I like that it keeps transforming, that there are still things to discover. That rawness is unique, I hope it stays that way.”

A Volo, Amsterdam

Lonneke: “An Italian started at Haarlemmerdijk 188h six months ago. He bakes his own bread and makes the tastiest sandwiches. The place isn't hip, doesn't stand out, but what he makes is delicious. All ingredients come from Italy. And many of his customers too.”

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Lonneke: “We used to go to the Kröller-Müller at school. But when we visited again later - we were now in the art world ourselves - we realized how special it is there. Truly every piece was a fantastic work of art by a great artist. Only then did we understand how good and how important that collection is. Of international importance.”

Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam

Lonneke: “A very nice bookstore at Leliegracht 22, with everything in between plants, architecture and art. Exactly the topics that I find interesting. I can wander around there for hours. It's one of the few things I buy: books. Look, yesterday I received this book from Ralph: The form of becoming by Janina Wellmann. This is about the first artists who started working with movements from nature. Ralph and I know very well about each other what we like.”

Museum Voorlinden, Washer

Ralph: “Special museum by Dutch standards. The permanently installed works are all experiential works of art. You have to undergo them. Like the sculpture group Couple under an Umbrella by Australian artist Ron Mueck and Swimming Pool by the Argentinian Leandro Erlich, which you encounter everywhere on social media. The first Dutch solo show by the Korean artist Do Ho Suh can be seen until September 29. That name may not mean anything to you, but according to... Time Magazine it is one of the top 3 most visited exhibitions in the world.”