Best places to see and things to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital city and one of the top rated tourist attractions in Netherlands and in whole of Europe. Err.. In fact one of the most dreamed-about tourist attractions in the whole world. Amsterdam and Netherlands is a must-visit destination in any Euro trip.
Most of the tourist attractions are in or around the city’s Museum Square. Choose a place to stay near the Museum Square, and you can easily cover all major tourist attractions of Amsterdam.
Rijksmuseum is located on the North-Eastern section of the Museum Square. Rijksmuseum is valued as the nations best arts and history museum. The museum hosts more than a million of artifacts from as old as the 13th century. For many years, the collections were housed in different parts of the country, until 1885, when Rijksmuseum was opened and became operational.
The museum displays a lot of paintings by famous artists like Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Johannes Vemeer. Rembrandt’s masterpiece is hosted here, which is definitely worth watching, and hence this place is highly recommended to visit!
There is an admission fee of € 17.50, but the place definitely worth the money.
Operational Hours: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Admission Fee: € 17.50
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Canals of Amsterdam
In fact the most recommended attractions in Amsterdam. The city itself is well known for the iconic canals built all across. The canals were built in 17th century mainly to control the flow of Amstel River, and to add dry lands in the city. To know and enjoy the rich Dutch architecture, take a boat ride in the canals. this is worth every penny you spend!
There are a lot of mansions and buildings all along the sideways of the canals which demonstrated the glory of the city of Amsterdam. There are more than 2,000 houseboats operational in the canals, and most of them has in-built restaurants. You will find a lot of tour operators offering rides in the canals.
Yes, visiting the canals and a boat-ride through the canals are one of the must-do things in Amsterdam. if time and budget permits, try out the candle light dinner in a house boat in the canals of Amsterdam! you would remember it forever!
Image: A night view of the canals of Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum is located on the North-Western side of the Museum square of Amsterdam. One of the most visited tourist attractions in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum has one of the world’s largest collection of paintings and letters. The building is four storeyed and built in 1970s.
The two hundred paintings from the Dutch Post-Impressionist which is kept in the second floor is one of the best attractions in this museum. While the third floor hosts the paintings about Van Gogh’s troubled life. Works by Van Gogh’s contempraries like Gaugin, Millet and Daubigny are hosted in the topmost floor. A must visit place for all art lovers!
Image: Van Gogh Museum
Operational Hours: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM (all days except Saturdays). Saturdays – 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bloemenmarkt is located on the south bank of Singel canal, in between Koningsplein and Muntplein. Bloemenmarkt is the world’s only floating flower market! Sounds interesting? The place is equally as interesting as it sounds. Open on all days, flower sellers sell all flowers and bulbs here for which the Netherlands is famous for. The market is operational since 1862 and it attracts tourists ever since.
The bulbs from this market are export-favourites. Daffodil, tulip, narcissus etc are few famous flower breeds which are sold here. Tourists often buy long-lasting flowers and bulbs, souvenirs etc from this market as the Amsterdam memento. The place is worth a visit or two. After all, who doesn’t like the flowers! Recommended!
Image: A flower stall in Bloemenmarkt
Operational Hours: 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM on all days except Sundays. Sundays – 11:00 AM – 05:30 PM
Address: Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands
The National Maritime Museum of Amsterdam, also known as Scheepvaartmuseum. The building was originally constructed as a naval store house (in the year 1656), which later becam the National Maritime Museum. The museum has 18 rooms of exhibits and artifacts. During 1600s, Amsterdam was in fact one of the wealthiest or the most wealthiest cities of the world, and majority of the wealth came from sea trades.
This museum depicts how the sea battles and trades made the Dutch wealthy. There are many arts and maps which demostrates the same. Right outside the museum, there is a ship, which is an exact replica of the one which sailed in between East Indies and Netherlands.
The place is recommended for history enthusiasts. People who want to know the story behind the current Amsterdam, also visit this place.
Image: Scheepvaartmuseum view from across the canal
Operational Hours: 9:00 AM – 05:00 PM (all days)
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands
The infamous Red Light district of Amsterdam! Don’t worry, prostitution is legalized in this place 😉 Apart from that, the place is beautiful as there are a lot of canals spread across. Hundreds of single room apartments are rented by sex workers. They lure the customers from behind the windows which are illuminated.
As the city is pretty much (in)famous for this red light district, it is highly recommended that you visit this place, though we are not tempting you to engage in activities for which the place is famous for. To keep the area safe and secure, a strong police force is deployed here. Also you can see a lot of old buildings, canals, churches etc here including the oldest of the city – the Gothic-styled Oude Kerk, as this place is one of the oldest in Amsterdam. Photography is allowed here.
Image; A night view of De Wallen red light district
Address (Province): North Holland
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House (also known as Haus Der Jugend) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Amsterdam. Anne Frank House is situated along Prinsengracht canal. The building is famous ever since it provided a hiding place for Anne Frank and her four-membered family from the Nazi authorities during the second world war.
Anne Frank House is a memorial since 1947, and plans to preserve and maintain the building was formulated in 1955. The place was declared as a museum in 1960 and has been attracting a large number of tourists ever since. The building still has the room where Annie Frank hid, and there are various exhibits which describes her short-lived life. Recommended place to visit.
Image: Anne Frank House
Operational Hours: 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM on all days except Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday 09:00 AM – 10:00 PM and Sundays – 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
In Amsterdam’s circular canal system, the district of Begijnhof – also known as Beguines Courtyard, occupies the center circle. Begijnhof was often not considered as a traditional convent as the women were free to leave the order if they wanted to marry.
Begijnhof also has a 1392 built English Reformed Church and Amsterdam’s oldest preserved wooden house – which is believed to be built in 1465. Visit the place to get the feel of the vintage Amsterdam.
Image: A building in Begijnhof
Operational Hours: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Address: 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam
There are three royal palaces in Netherlands. The Koninklijk Paleis is one among them. Koninklijk Paleis is located in the center of the city – on the west side of Dam Square. Koninklijk Paleis was built in 17th century. Initially it was a city Town Hall, but was later converted to a palace when King Louis I was crowned as the king of Holland during Napoleonic war.
This building demonstrates the majestic European architecture and is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Amsterdam. A lot of tourists visit the place daily making it one of the most visited places in the city of Amsterdam. Though the place is used by the Royal Dutch house for Royal events, it remains open to public almost all other days of the year.
Image: Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam
Operational Hours: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Address: Dam, 1012 KB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Vondelpark, also known as Nieuwe Park is located in Oud-Zuid (Amsterdam’s Old South district). Vondelpark is located at the West of Amsterdam’s Museum Square. After the statur of Joost van den Vondel was erected in the year 1867, the park came to be known as Vondelpark.
Vondelpark is a popular gathering place of the local public as well as tourists. People can relax, play and even bike (in the biking tracks). A good place to visit if you want to spend some time relaxing in the city.
Image: The pathway at Vondelpark entrance
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands