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Things to see in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Attractions


Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and one of the most historic cities in Europe. Flat and blessed with a clear, crisp atmosphere, most of its attractions lie within easy walking distance. The city is perfectly navigable by foot or bicycle.

Visitors will find that a culture of art appreciation pervades Amsterdam. Indeed, two of the city's museums are dedicated to world-famous Dutch painters, namely the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House. The Rijksmuseum holds a collection of 17th-century Dutch artists, including Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. These museums, along with the Diamond Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, are located around Museum Square (Museumplein) - which is also home to the US Consulate and the famous Concertgebouw symphonic hall.

In keeping with the city's rich history, the very home in which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the 1942 occupation is open to visitors. Her famous diary is preserved and on display. Other popular sites include the Hermitage Amsterdam, The Jewish Historical Museum, The Resistance Museum, and the Museum of the Tropics.

Amsterdam's reputation as a liberal party city attracts many tourists as well. Visitors tend to explore the Red Light District (De Wallen), where legalised prostitution and the sale of marijuana draw revellers from across the globe. The Amsterdam Sex Museum is not for the squeamish or easily offended.

Travellers can make the most of their time in Amsterdam by purchasing an I Amsterdam card, which will give them free access to public transport, as well as discounts on museums, attractions and restaurants. The card is available at several tourist offices in the city, at some museums and online.



Amsterdam Canal Tour

Amsterdam's canal tours are an essential experience for visitors. The UNESCO-listed features were crucial to the city's…

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops are one of Amsterdam's most iconic features. They openly sell cannabis and welcome their patrons to smoke…

read more


Amsterdam Museum

Housed in a lovely 17th-century building and formerly an orphanage, the museum explores Amsterdam's development from…

read more


Concertgebouw

The Concertgebouw (literally, 'concert building') is one of Amsterdam's top-rated tourist attractions. Widely regarded…

read more


Heineken Experience

As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the Heineken Experience is not to be missed. Housed…

read more


Keukenhof

Keukenhof is one of the country's top attractions and the best reason to visit in the spring. The huge garden is home…

read more


National Maritime Museum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum) gives visitors a glimpse into the country's seafaring past. The…

read more


Red Light District (De Wallen)

No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a stroll around the Red Light District (De Wallen). The area's prostitutes…

read more


Rembrandt House

The museum provides insight into the life and times of the famous Dutch master, who lived in this house between 1639…

read more


Sex Museum Amsterdam

Along with a certain fame for legalised prostitution, Amsterdam is also home to the world's oldest sex museum. Open since…

read more


Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art closely traces art-world developments that took place in the second half of the 20th…

read more


The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum)

Nazi Germany occupied the Netherlands between May 1940 and May 1945. The museum covers how the invasion affected the…

read more


The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum opened in 1885 and is best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch Masters, such as Rembrandt,…

read more


The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

Although the Royal Palace is the official royal residence, it's mainly used for functions and is but one of the royal…

read more


Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is a definitive tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Situated in a modern building, the simple architecture…

read more


Vondelpark

Amsterdam's Vondelpark allows visitors to experience the city as locals do. The relaxed and beautiful public space dates…

read more

 


Things to see in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Attractions


Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and one of the most historic cities in Europe. Flat and blessed with a clear, crisp atmosphere, most of its attractions lie within easy walking distance. The city is perfectly navigable by foot or bicycle.

Visitors will find that a culture of art appreciation pervades Amsterdam. Indeed, two of the city's museums are dedicated to world-famous Dutch painters, namely the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House. The Rijksmuseum holds a collection of 17th-century Dutch artists, including Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. These museums, along with the Diamond Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, are located around Museum Square (Museumplein) - which is also home to the US Consulate and the famous Concertgebouw symphonic hall.

In keeping with the city's rich history, the very home in which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the 1942 occupation is open to visitors. Her famous diary is preserved and on display. Other popular sites include the Hermitage Amsterdam, The Jewish Historical Museum, The Resistance Museum, and the Museum of the Tropics.

Amsterdam's reputation as a liberal party city attracts many tourists as well. Visitors tend to explore the Red Light District (De Wallen), where legalised prostitution and the sale of marijuana draw revellers from across the globe. The Amsterdam Sex Museum is not for the squeamish or easily offended.

Travellers can make the most of their time in Amsterdam by purchasing an I Amsterdam card, which will give them free access to public transport, as well as discounts on museums, attractions and restaurants. The card is available at several tourist offices in the city, at some museums and online.



Amsterdam Canal Tour

Amsterdam's canal tours are an essential experience for visitors. The UNESCO-listed features were crucial to the city's…

read more


Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops are one of Amsterdam's most iconic features. They openly sell cannabis and welcome their patrons to smoke…

read more


Amsterdam Museum

Housed in a lovely 17th-century building and formerly an orphanage, the museum explores Amsterdam's development from…

read more


Concertgebouw

The Concertgebouw (literally, 'concert building') is one of Amsterdam's top-rated tourist attractions. Widely regarded…

read more


Heineken Experience

As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the Heineken Experience is not to be missed. Housed…

read more


Keukenhof

Keukenhof is one of the country's top attractions and the best reason to visit in the spring. The huge garden is home…

read more


National Maritime Museum

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum) gives visitors a glimpse into the country's seafaring past. The…

read more


Red Light District (De Wallen)

No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a stroll around the Red Light District (De Wallen). The area's prostitutes…

read more


Rembrandt House

The museum provides insight into the life and times of the famous Dutch master, who lived in this house between 1639…

read more


Sex Museum Amsterdam

Along with a certain fame for legalised prostitution, Amsterdam is also home to the world's oldest sex museum. Open since…

read more


Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art closely traces art-world developments that took place in the second half of the 20th…

read more


The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum)

Nazi Germany occupied the Netherlands between May 1940 and May 1945. The museum covers how the invasion affected the…

read more


The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum opened in 1885 and is best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch Masters, such as Rembrandt,…

read more


The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

Although the Royal Palace is the official royal residence, it's mainly used for functions and is but one of the royal…

read more


Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is a definitive tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Situated in a modern building, the simple architecture…

read more


Vondelpark

Amsterdam's Vondelpark allows visitors to experience the city as locals do. The relaxed and beautiful public space dates…

read more