Amsterdam is the most populous city in the Netherlands along with their role of being the country’s capital. Although their population reaches about 1 million people, by the end of 2018, Amsterdam was recording over 20 million visitors a year in tourism. Well according to those numbers, I guess you can say that this city has something to offer for walks of all kind. Being home to the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Dutch Renaissance Museum, helps sheds more of an educational light on this city and would be great for start understanding the history of Amsterdam. Another cool place to check out is called “Nine Little Streets” that are located in between the the Prinsengracht and Singel canals and show off wondrous architecture with a few boutiques and shops throughout. Below we have given a few examples of why Amsterdam is worth visiting and we’re confident to say that there this is just scratching the surface!
Anne Frank House
To begin the journey around Amsterdam, we have the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid in a secret annex from the Nazis during WWII. Today, the Anne Frank House has been transformed into a museum dedicated to her diary remains and writings since 1957 when a foundation was established to preserve the home and historic artifacts. Nearby the Anne Frank House, you will come by the Jordaan Neighborhood, where there are trendy pubs, restaurants and shops. Here you can explore the many vintage artifacts and art for sale along with an organic meal.
Royal Palace Amsterdam
The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of a trio of palaces that are in the Netherlands that are owned by the Act of Parliament. This Royal Palace is located in Dam Square in the heart center of Amsterdam. This extravagant baroque structure was finished in 1665 and costed about 8.5 million Dutch guilder. Right by the Royal Palace in Dam Square, you will be able to visit the very popular wax museum, the Madame Tussauds. Here you’ll be able to take pictures with many of the world’s famous actors, artists, sports players, political leaders and even fictional characters!
The Bloemenmarkt isn’t just any flower market, it’s the world’s only floating flowers market. Floating on the Singel canal that is. Be sure to stop by here on your way to the Van Gogh Museum and literally smell the flowers because you won’t want to miss this beautiful sight!
For a breath of fresh air, be sure to visit the Vondelpark that lies southwest of the city’s center. Here is a great place to have a picnic or have a stroll through to take a breather from the large masses of the city’s hustle and bustle or in between visiting the ridiculously popular museums close by.
Van Gogh Museum
In the midst of all of the museums here in Amsterdam, we can confidently assure you that the Van Gogh Museum needs to be on your first visit to Amsterdam. This museum hosts the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, writings, and other artifacts. This museum was also recently declared as the most visited museum of the Netherlands in 2017 so you can only begin to imagine how important and popular this attraction is to the public.
Rijksmuseum & Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Surrounding the Van Gogh Museum grounds, are the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Similar to the Van Gogh Museum, art is displayed and in these two you will explore the Classic art and contemporary art of Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum was so popular because this was were the “I Amsterdam” letters were located but due to over-tourism, the letters have been moved to a location that is not as well known. These two attractions also draw in large amounts of people to view their exhibitions so we also recommend stopping by after the Van Gogh Museum.
The Heineken Experience is an interactive museum that is dedicated to the history and development of the famous Heineken beer with a lovely beer tasting at the end of the tour. We know that if you’re a beer connoisseur, you won’t need much convincing to take time here. Close by the Heineken Experience, is the Albert Cuyp Market, a well known market running since 1905, where you can buy and browse local foods, clothes, flowers, and more.
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens and is one of the most visited attractions of Amsterdam. This may be hard to believe since we have already listed some of the most visited attractions but here we have yet another to share with you. This botanical garden was established in 1638 and is home to some of the world’s plant life that is considered to be on a “danger” list. Take an hour or so out of your day to come visit the stunning displays of exotic plants.
ARTIS, also short for Natura Artis Magistra (“Nature is the teacher of the arts”) is a zoo, aquarium and planetarium combined. Since its creation in 1838, this zoo is one of the oldest established zoos in all of Europe and the oldest in the Netherlands. These grounds include 27 buildings to which are mainly dedicated to create specific environments for the 900 different species of animals. The ARTIS and the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam create such beautiful glimpses of history that give credit to those in the early 17th century Amsterdam.
NEMO Science Museum
The NEMO Science Museum is located in a suburb that previously was the center of Amsterdam called Oosterdokseiland neighbourhood. It’s iconic waterfront building was redesigned by a world renowned Italian Architect, Renzo Piano, in 1997 but this museum has been established here since 1923. There are a variety of exhibitions held here that can be enjoyed by all ages. Nearby NEMO, is the National Maritime Museum, which is goes into the 18th century ocean voyages of the merchants of Amsterdam.
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