Back in 1777 when Marie Tussaud created her first wax figure of Voltaire, very few would have guessed that major cities around the globe would have their own museums named after the venerable woman. In 1836 at the tender age of 74, she opened her first location in London proving that people have always been fascinated with celebrities and that the present obsession with Hollywood stars and pop musicians isn’t just a fad. Queues at the Amsterdam Tussauds can be a bit long at lunchtime, but that’s because everyone is photographed before taking the lift upstairs where you’ll be entertained by a light and sound show dedicated to the Golden Age of the city in the 17th century. This is followed by a maze of rooms featuring life size wax figures of your favourite heads of state, actors, rock gods, artists and footballers. Have your photo taken with the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Madonna, Pablo Picasso or Winston Churchill. You’ll no doubt also be blown away by what a tiny pip-squeak Lenin was or that Ronaldinho’s teeth really are that big!