It is absolutely undeniable that Amsterdam is one of the best and most beautiful city destinations in Europe. The population of 735000 is proud of this ‘Amsterdam is the Big Small City in the World’. There is the world famous canal system to explore and the fantastic personification of tolerance and diversity that is synonymous with the romantic and beautiful city of Amsterdam. A trip along the canals is a must for every lover of architecture. Amsterdam ably competes with cities like London, Paris and Milan. However, in comparison, the city has more to offer for less.
Amsterdam has evolved into a meeting ground for various cultures and sub-cultures. The city has people from different backgrounds living together within a distinct urban environment. So, let’s start your visit:
Van Gogh Museum
I got to see many of the wonders that Amsterdam has to offer. One of the first things I went to see was the Van Gogh Museum. Having just gotten off the plane I was tired, but some of his art is just amazing to see, and I love to visit Museums! Do I need to mention it?
The fabulous Rijksmuseum is home to some of the most important historic art in the world. Perhaps the most famous pieces here are that by Rembrandt; the works of Frans Hals and Vermeer also feature prominently. Beautiful examples of porcelain dolls and dolls’ houses can also be seen. The quietest times at the museum are between 9am and 11am
Amsterdam Canal Ring
After going to the museum I headed into the city center to look around and check the city out. The city old centre is formed from canal rings, which give you the feeling of space, freedom and peace. Walk through these canal streets and enjoy the perfect balance of open spaces, a lively urban pulse and a gracefully multiethnic ambiance.
The tranquil Begijnhof in the heart of Amsterdam is like a village square in a metropolis, but it has still retained its sanctified atmosphere and it’s free. Take your time as you admire these massive group portraits of the important citizens of Amsterdam.
Anne Frank’s house
In close proximity to the Square, Anne Frank’s house provides a constant reminder of Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Her infamous diary is kept here; be prepared to queue as it gets very busy during the tourist season.
Dam Square is the hub of the city and located on the site of the original Amstel dam. The focal point of the Square is the Royal Palace. Originally the town hall, it became regal following Louis Napoleon’s crowning in 1808.
Civic Guards Gallery
The Schuttersgalerij Amsterdam Museum is Located in a passageway between the Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof it is possible to admire 15 substantial paintings.
Visiting a flower market is one of the best ways to get to know Dutch culture. Your perfect place to buy a present or souvenir. The floating market in the Singel canal in Amsterdam is unique and it is still located on barges in the canal.
Amsterdam’s notorious cafes are spread densely throughout the city. Take a well earned break and try the local erwtensoep as you wet your whistle.
Stedelijk (Municipal) strives to be one of the most innovative and interesting museums of modern art in the entire world. A very good collection of Dutch design and furniture and interesting collection of European and American trends in art since 1950 as works of Matisse, Picasso, Newman, Rauschenberg and Warhol completed with Italian Arte Povera and German modern painting.
Experience the city like a local, rent a bike and enjoy the city’s many excellent bicycle lanes. Bikes are available for rental to take in the scenery at a faster pace, just beware of the tram tracks that crisscross most roadways and footpaths.
Wonderful walking park. Lovely to ride around on bike, or just to sit on the grass and relax. About 25 mins walk from central station.
The famous Amsterdam Red-Light District covers a large area in the oldest part of the city. It has been servicing the personal needs and desires of locals and visitors for five centuries, and thanks to the old buildings leaning at odd angles overlooking the tree-enshrouded canals that a certain charm tempts you to linger longer in the area. The ‘Rossebuurt’ is definitely worth a visit.
Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)
Designed with modern and innovative style with good collection of books. The restaurant on top of the building is very good as well with nice view to the city.
If you feel the need to shop, the Albert Cuypmarkt offers just about everything you could wish to buy. This cosmopolitan shopping region will provide your credit card fix.
Amsterdam’s Jordaan is probably the most famous neighbourhood in the Netherlands. The Jordaan begins at Brouwersgracht, just west of Centraal Station, and arches around the Canal Ring between Prinsengracht and Lijnbaansgracht before ending at the Leidsegracht