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What to see in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Attractions


Not only is Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands, but it is also the largest and one of the most historic cities in the country, and in Europe. Flat, with a clear, crisp atmosphere, Amsterdam is perfectly navigable by foot or bicycle, and most of the city's attractions lie within easy distance.

A culture of art appreciation pervades Amsterdam. Two of the city's museums are dedicated to world famous Dutch painters: the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House. The Rijksmuseum hosts a collection of 17th-century Dutch artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. These museums, along with the Diamond Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art are located around Museum Square (referred to as the Museumplein), former site of the World's Fair in 1883. Museum Square is also home to the US Consulate, and the famous Concertgebouw symphonic hall, and is the site of the famous I Amsterdam sign, which is a favourite photo spot for many tourists.

There are plenty of other interesting museums in Amsterdam as well; keeping with the rich history of the city, the very home in which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the 1942 occupation is open to visitors. The girl's famous diary is preserved and on display. Other popular sites include the Hermitage Amsterdam, Jewish Historical Museum, Resistance Museum, and the Museum of the Tropics.

Amsterdam's reputation as a liberal party city attracts many tourists as well. Popular among visitors is Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen), where legalised prostitution and the sale of marijuana draw revellers perhaps not used to such activities back home. The Amsterdam Sex Museum, located near the central train station, gives a Kinsey-esque picture of sex through the ages, but is not for the easily offended or squeamish!

Travellers wanting to make the most of their Amsterdam experience might want to invest in an I Amsterdam card, which allows for free use of public transport as well as discounts on restaurants, museums and attractions. The card is available at several Tourist Offices in Amsterdam, at some museums, or online at www.iamsterdam.com


Amsterdam Canal Tour

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops

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Amsterdam Historisch Museum

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Concertgebouw

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Heineken Experience

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Keukenhof

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National Maritime Museum

Covering four centuries of Dutch naval history, the National Maritime Museum, or Het Scheepvaartmuseum, allows visitors…

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Red Light District (De Wallen)

A visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without a stroll around the notorious Red Light District. The atmosphere can…

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Rembrandt House

This museum provides an insight into the life and times of the famous Dutch master. Rembrandt lived here between 1639…

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Sex Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam's fame as the home of legalised prostitution is well-known to visitors, so it is only fitting that the world's…

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Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art closely traces the developments in art of the second half of the 20th century, showcasing…

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The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum)

Between May 1940 and May 1945, during World War II, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany and this museum documents…

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The Rijksmuseum

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The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

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Van Gogh Museum

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

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Vondelpark

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