Amsterdam's Open Monuments Day: history
Running since 1987, Open Monuments Day is a little younger than you’d expect (and it doesn’t just cover Amsterdam, but the whole of the Netherlands). It’s part of European Heritage Days, an international organisation that covers a whole bunch of countries – 48 to be precise. Of course, the Netherlands were one of the first to take part in this modern event (no surprises there – they've somewhat of a precedent for doing and *cough* legalising things we don’t), and since then, millions of people have travelled to join in. With monuments like the Royal Palace, pictured left, to take in, it's little wonder.