Amsterdam offers a lot: the unique inner city is basically an open air museum with lots to do that is both educational and fun. After a busy day you can have a bite at one of our numerous restaurants and at night visit a club or one of the many bars on Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein. There are also many attractions in Amsterdam. Each attraction is easily reachable by bicycle or public transportation. Most attractions are located in the city center. Some of the top attractions in Amsterdam are:
-Anne Frank House
In this house the Jewish girl Anne Frank was hiding in occupied Netherlands during WW2. This is where she wrote her famous diary. Shortly after the war ended, the Anne Frank Foundation saved the building from demolition. Since 1960 it is on display and you can visit the house with its famous hiding place.
-Grachten gordel (canals)
The canals of Amsterdam are an attraction itself. These unique canals are best to be experienced on a boat, which is actually called one of the most visited attractions in the Netherlands. You will pass the most beautiful, historic buildings from the ‘Golden Age’ with all their stories. The bridges must not be forgotten. The three main canals are Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
This museum was actually the house where the painter Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658. The house was sold in 1639 for thirteen thousand guilders (around 6000 euros), which he was allowed to pay in installments. In that same year he was commissioned to create the painting “Night Watch”. Because he finally could not or would not pay, he was forced into bankruptcy in 1658 and he moved to a small rented house on the Rozengracht.
-Amsterdamse Wallen a.k.a. Red light district
The Amsterdam wallen is a collective term for a number of streets in the oldest part of Amsterdam. This place between the Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk is where many prostitutes do their business in a small room, which can be seen from behind the window. The window is often decorated with red bulbs and is also characterized for this neighborhood, hence the name “Red Light District”.
This museum can call itself the most important and largest of the Netherlands. There are about 200 rooms filled with over one million objects from collections of 17th century Dutch masters. The collection also includes Italian masters and Asian art. Of course the masterpiece is Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’.
This beautiful park is named after the poet and playwriter Joost van den Vondel, a statue of whom stands in the park. This park is not only for the citizens of Amsterdam a much visited park, but also for tourists. Each year approximately 10 million people visit it. Many of these visitors go to, for example, the outdoor theater or concerts.
-The Amsterdam Dungeon
This attraction takes you back 500 years into the creepy history of the city. Lots of information will pass, as the dark secrets of Rembrandt and the executioner Peter Title Mann are shown. You have to be a brave to enter.
The famous Amsterdam zoo has been around since 1838. With its historic buildings from the 19th century, this is a modern zoo with an old world charm. This zoo has an impressive list of animals.
-Koninklijk Paleis op de Dam (royal palace)
This palace was once designed as a city hall for the administrative and legal power of Amsterdam. In 1655 the building was almost ready and could be put to use. Around the year 1808 the town hall had another purpose: that of the third imperial palace of the Napoleonic Empire. This royal palace receives our royal official state visits. Even the king lives in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.
On this square right in the center of Amsterdam something is always happening. It is known as the entertainment area with many terraces, restaurants, clubs and theaters. In the winter it is transformed into a winter scene with a ice skating rink decorated with lights .
These are some of the most popular attractions of Amsterdam and they are definitely worth your time.