Map of Amsterdam Attractions
Top 17 Sights in Amsterdam
De Pijp quarter is a very colorful multicultural area of Amsterdam, where you can meet Chinese, Indian, Surinamese, and Paraguayans people. Among other things, De Pijp is the tiniest of the three famous red light districts, which attracts large number of tourists from all over the world in search of erotic adventures or simply to "take a look" at the most famous and unusual quarter worldwide. But in addition to entertainment with "pepper", here there are other ways a good time, for example, you can walk along an incredibly picturesque park Sarfati with beautiful lake, which is located near the De Pijp quarter. For beer lovers will be valuable Heineken brewery, where you can taste a variety of beers and listen to interesting stories of guides.
The pearl of the entire region can be called a huge market Albert Kaup Markt, which resembles a sea of fruit, vegetables and various stuff at ridiculous prices. At this point, however, as in the whole quarter, is unique to this region of the atmosphere that instantly elevates mood and constantly nourished by the curiosity, because almost at every corner of this district you can find something interesting and discover something new.
Vondelpark could be called the usual classical park, but its incredible beauty and picturesque look simply do not allow characterizing it in this way. This stunning city garden was established in 1864, and was named in honor of the famous and talented playwright and poet Joost van den Vondel, There is a monument to him here.
Vondelpark itself is a picturesque park in the English traditional style landscape design, the concept of which is in the natural environment. While walking through the garden you will definitely have a feeling of outdoor recreation. This illusion of naturalness was significantly enhanced after the reconstruction of the Vondelpark. All existing artificial reservoirs were reunited into one big lake, the beach styled coast of this river. Piet Kramer, who was the designer garden, wanted to embody the idea that every guest walking through the park was as close to nature as possible. And it seems that he did it.
Excellent Vondelpark is a favorite place for walking and meetings among citizens and tourists from other cities and countries, because there is plenty to see and do. For example, in summer open-air concerts are organized on the stage and theater productions. And in the Vondelpark Pavilion there is a great Cinema Museum, where you can also have a great time.
Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis) is a peculiar, even a bit gloomy, but beautiful place in Amsterdam, which is surely worth while visiting. Being in the museum, you will have an incredibly strong feeling. The museum is one large and tragic history, illuminating the lives of people in dire times of discrimination and persecution of the Jewish people. The base of the museum served the diary of Anne Frank, who hid with her family and four other Jews from Nazi persecution in the rear of this particular house where now a museum. It is noteworthy that it was founded in 1960 with the money raised from donations of citizens.
This museum, which tells about the times of Nazism as an example of one Jewish family, is a very popular and famous among tourists from all over the world. After all, one cannot so clear, colorful and most detailed account of Nazi persecution, as someone who has experienced it himself and experienced all the "charm" of discrimination against the Jewish people.
In addition, the House of Anne Frank can be found at this statuette 'Oscar', which was excellent for Shelley Winters, played a role in the film "Diary of Anne Frank" and then gave it to the museum.
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam is worth going to just for visiting the stunning Van Gogh Museum, which is located near to the National Museum. The popularity and worldwide love this place received due to the largest and most complete collection of works by the great and talented artist Vincent Van Gogh.
A visit to this museum will give you a great excellence and incredible fun. There is a unique collection providing an excellent opportunity to follow step by step "maturation" of the great master, hold interesting parallels with the places the artist's life, as well as to compare his paintings with the works of other masters. In addition to exhibitions of works by Van Gogh, there are other interesting exhibitions of artists, mostly of nineteenth century, in the museum.
Paintings of Vincent Van Gogh placed for years, from the earliest paintings and ending with paintings in his later period and crazy life. This chronology of the pictured displayed will show you how developed the style and manner of the artist. The museum contains more than two hundred works by Van Gogh, including his sketches, early and even children's drawings. Such splendor is a must to see while in Amsterdam.
The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum) is certainly worth visiting, being in Amsterdam. The museum tells the story of the hard life of the Dutch people in the terrible times of the Second World War, when the state was occupied by German Nazis. The exposure very clearly and colorfully conveys the atmosphere of the city, and re-creates the whole picture. Here you can see a great collection of photos, movies, old posters and other items. They will help to fully present those terrible times that people had to endure during the Second World War, as well as learn about the heroes of that time and about famous historical events of the war.
The building, in which the museum is located, was not chosen by chance, because once upon a time a synagogue and a Jewish cultural center housed, as well as the famous Anne Frank with her family until going underground lived here. But from 1999, all rooms of this building are steeped in history reserved for the Museum of the Resistance.
This museum is now the property of the people that does not erase the memory of those terrible years, and always reminds of those who fought for a brighter future for their descendants. Many of the exhibits in the form of photos, audio and films devoted to the terrible events are very terrifying.
The Leidseplein in Amsterdam is a place where life abounds both day and night. It is here that the residents of the city spend all their free time. On the square and adjacent streets there are enormous number of various restaurants, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, fast foods, as well as theaters and even a casino. Street performers who tirelessly cheer their audience give this place a special color and unparalleled atmosphere.
The pace of life of this area is impressive. It is always very crowded and it is simply impossible to imagine Leidseplein empty. Especially a lot of people here in summer, when tourists from all over the world come to Amsterdam to have fun, enjoy the city and, of course, smoke pot, which is absolutely not forbidden. And where to go it if not in great comfortable coffee shops in the main square you like this. The most popular of these establishments in the city is "Bulldog", which is famous for excellent quality marijuana and that is still very funny - coffee shop is located in a former police station and was opened on the day of the legalization of marijuana on 1st April 1985.
But Leidseplein area is notable not only for numerous entertainment places, but also for a huge variety of shops where you can do a great shopping.
At the entrance to the oldest zoo of the Netherlands, the base of which dates back to 1838 year, guests are greeted with two golden eagle standing proudly above the main entry. It is a place with a real oasis of peace, tranquility and certain bliss in the "heart" of Amsterdam.
Artis is a land area of 14 hectares, which is home to 700 different species of fauna, including fish, reptiles, birds, insects and mammals. A walk around the zoo will be very exciting. Such a variety of fauna will not leave anyone indifferent, and no one will get bored. Among other things, on the territory of Artis, you can visit the magnificent Planetarium or grand Aquarium, where the entire secret life of water canals of Amsterdam is clearly shown.
Artis zoo can be visited for the whole day, because there are many interesting and informative things. In the park there are many pavilions dedicated to, for example, a butterfly or prehistoric animals.
It is worth noting that the concept of the zoo is very close to safari system. Artis tries to get away from the cages, nets and other barriers to communicate with animals as closely possible.
Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypmarkt is a kind of microcosm of Amsterdam, which attracts a huge number of not only citizens who are filling up their grocery cart here, but also tourists from around the world who come to the market to see the real life of the city and its unique flavor. Especially a lot of people come here on Saturdays. They come here not only to the output in order to make the necessary purchases, but also to meet friends, neighbors or just chat. This large but cozy market is almost completely surrounded by diverse cafes, bars, restaurants and small shops.
The market is in an extraordinary area of Amsterdam De Pijp and impressive in its scope. In the Bazaar there are more than three hundred stalls with a huge range of products in different categories. Here you can buy fresh food and new clothes – all at pretty reasonable prices. You should definitely taste incredibly delicious traditional Dutch food, namely different varieties of cheese and smoke herring, which can be bought at almost every tray.
Nine Little Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
If you are in Amsterdam and it so happens that you do not know how to spend a day, you just need to visit one of the neighborhoods of the city, namely the Nine Little Streets (De Negen Straatjes). This area is a real paradise for shopaholics. At this point, there is an illusion of lack of time. So do not be surprised if you decide to walk just a few minutes, and subsequently did not notice that all day has already gone away.
Visiting this quarter will be very exciting and pleasant, besides it is very well located. Narrow and cozy streets cross the famous picturesque garland Channel. The streets that form this quarter have unusual "animal" names: Bear, wolf, deer, etc., due to the fact that once upon a time, there were workshops for the production of hides.
All Nine Little Streets quarters are just "teeming with" a variety of shops that attract a huge number of dandies and fashion lovers from all over the world. Especially this place is loved by the lovers of vintage style clothing. In a shop window, you can see the little-known European brands and bright custom styles.
This neighborhood is a terrific place to have a great time walking along the cozy streets, updating wardrobe and at the same time contemplating the wonderful views of the city and the picturesque canals.
One of the most remarkable and beautiful sights in Amsterdam is a concert hall Concertgebouw, which is world famous for its stunning acoustics. Concertgebouw refers to the best concert complex in the world. Therefore, this place is a must to visit while in Amsterdam. Even if you are not able to visit one of the concerts, it is worth at least a walk around grandiose halls of Concertgebouw admiring its entire splendor.
The erection of Concertgebouw lasted five years and ended in 1888. At the opening of the complex there was organized a grand entrance concert with an excellent orchestra of 120 musicians and choir of 500 singers, gorgeous, beautiful performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Handel and Wagner. It is worth noting that on the stage there are not only Concertgebouw symphony orchestras, but also other diverse world-famous bands and jazz performers.
Concertgebouw concert hall is the second most popular throughout the world, due to its grandiose spaciousness. It can accommodate more than 800 thousand people.
Red Light District
The Red Light District in Amsterdam is a unique and very unusual area of the city, where in the windows "shops" there are real women who offer themselves and their services. It would seem that this quarter is heard in every corner of the world, but not everyone knows its origin. Once upon a time Amsterdam was only a small coastal town, but after some time it grown considerably and became one of the most famous and popular destinations in the world. And at one time coastal areas were real lure for sailors who went with their ships to land after a long voyage. Seafaring men were hungry for freedom and wishing to satisfy their desires, not only in food and drink, but also in love. And of course, where there is a demand – there is an offer. So, women of easy virtue designated their homes with red lanterns.
Modern Red Light District is divided into three districts: Ruysdaelkade, Singelgebied and De Wallen. And it is worth noting that this extraordinary quarter is able to surprise its guests not only by the developed sex industry, but also by many other interesting sights.
In Amsterdam there is a stunning museum Heineken museum, which is more like a kind of attraction, which is the oldest brewery. This interactive museum in a very interesting way tells the history of the group, shows the process of bottling beer, and offers tasting a variety of beers with a uniquely rich flavor. And you can test yourself on the level of knowledge in the art brewery.
Heineken ranks fourth in the championship podium in the production of beer in the world. Its factories produce almost 122 million hectoliters of intoxicating drink every year. As such a "giant", in the past 150 years the company has never changed its traditional recipe.
Science center NEMO
Science Center NEMO is a very interesting interactive museum for those who constantly asks questions. It is located in a grand green five-story building built in the form of a large ship. The construction is impressive not only for its external appearance, but also the inner content.
On the ground floor of the center there are various educational attractions for the youngest visitors, where they can observe or participate directly in experiments with curved mirrors, soap bubbles, centrifuges, cubes and other interesting activities and items. But in all subsequent levels there is more serious training for older kids. Children can feel here the real researchers and see firsthand how an earthquake occurs, as there is lightning or what is the DNA molecule.
The main feature of this place is that all the children are allowed to touch, disassemble parts, twist, press – in general, do whatever you want. This is an excellent place where young researchers can try themselves in adults’ professions without any harm.
The resort of Zandvoort is an amazing place where there is peace, beauty and a kind of bliss. Here you forget about the existence of another world that is dominated by persistent worries and problems of everyday life. This "paradise" is located near Amsterdam, directly on the coast, surrounded by white sand dunes. It is worth noting that the Zandvoort Beach is awarded the "Blue Flag", which indicates the excellent quality and the comfort of leisure as well as compliance with EU standards. Another reason to love the World of Zandvoort is that here is the largest nudist beach in Europe. Here you can fully relax and surrender to nature.
Among other things, we should mention the fact that on the beaches of Zandvoort you cannot only soak up the rays in the fine sands caressing sun, but also spend time actively. In this resort town auto racing, fishing and yachting is often organized. Here you can surf, ride a bike, and after an exciting pastime relax in the cozy bar or stunning fish restaurant. Zandvoort is a great place where you can relax your body and soul.
Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam is located in the house where he once lived, worked and enjoyed his life. It was here that the great artist spent his brightest days. Presently, the walls of the house are collected almost all of its unique prints, but above all you can admire his paintings, things that belonged to Rembrandt, as well as antique furniture, with which rooms of the museum are equipped. The walls of the house are decorated with paintings made by pupils of the great artist's. There are also paintings by his teacher Pieter Lastman.
In addition to the unique and rich collection of Rembrandt works there is a great emphasis on dignity and the building in which the museum is located. This superb house was built in the Renaissance style in 1606, and was bought by the artist in 1639. The decision to acquire this particular house was the fact that the building was a contemporary of Rembrandt and was located on the street, which bore the same name as the one where he had lived previously in his native Leiden. But after less than thirty years, the artist had to sell the house and moved to more modest accommodation.
In the Museum of Rembrandt you can admire not only by great works of the artist or appreciate his skill in engraving, but also to see how and where he lived.
State Museum (Rijksmuseum)
State Museum (Rijksmuseum) has a huge exposition dedicated to excellent painting of the Golden Age in the Netherlands and the unique collection of Asian art, as well as the history and variety of crafts.
Dutch Museum in Amsterdam is an extraordinary place where everyone will be very exciting and get much information. The collection of this museum, you can see the works of such great and talented artists as Terboh, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, de Hooch, Pottre Paulus van Heemskerk, and many other artists from Dutch origin. There are a group pictures and individual portraits, images of nature, seascapes, illustrations of everyday life, as well as paintings on religious themes and some allegory.
And for the youngest visitors in the museum, there is a special exhibition from which children will simply be huge delighted. This exposure will be interesting not only to kids, but for all adults. After all, the exhibition has a pair of magnificent doll houses of the 17th century that most accurately reflect the copy and the real life of the Dutch Golden Age, a very accurate reproduction of all details, furniture and clothing in the form in which they existed in their distant time.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ is located on the banks of the river Hey. It welcomes its guests with incredible shine transparent glass walls. Since its erection this building was a real hallmark of the port of Amsterdam, which attracts many tourists whom want see all over the world. The structure itself is impressive for its pretentiousness, glitter and glamor, and in spite of their own, as it seems at first glance, the modest size, the palace has a pretty good capacity. But the main feature of this building is not in the "ability" to place guests in its unique ability to be transformed. Depending on weather conditions hall of the palace acquires a totally new look, so we can say that each concert is held in the new hall.
This building is unusual in that it has a flexible wall. If you want the walls on three sides of the complex can be moved, and the acoustic ceiling raised or lowered. Thanks to this flexibility and versatility in the Palace of music, you can organize and symphony concerts, and sonorous.
To visit this attraction is a must at least for those who to see such a unique piece of architectural art.