Where to go in Amsterdam. 15 main attractions
The national Museum (Rijksmuseum)
In the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you will find a fine selection of paintings by Dutch masters, from Frans Hals to Jan Vermeer. The pride of the Museum is the world-famous Rembrandt masterpiece "Night watch". However, the vast Museum Fund is not limited to paintings, in the exhibition halls you can also see wonderful examples of Delft porcelain, luxury jewelry made of gold and silver, antique costumes and furniture from the Royal palaces of Europe.
Van Gogh Museum (Van Gogh Museum)
In honor of one of the most prominent natives of the Netherlands, a huge four-story Museum was built, which today enjoys fantastic popularity among tourists. The van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of paintings by the artist, as well as his letters. On the first two floors there are works of van Gogh, displayed in chronological order, so that visitors can observe the evolution of the style. The third floor is completely dedicated to the history of the master's life. On the fourth floor, there are works by artists who worked at the same time as van Gogh.
Walk along the canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is often called the "Venice of the North" because of the large number of canals that encircle the city. The famous canals appeared in Amsterdam in the 17th century, initially they were built for a purely practical purpose-to control the flow of the river Amstel. Today, the canals are one of the most charming sights in Amsterdam, and a small cruise along them is an opportunity to enjoy the classic architecture of Dutch mansions built on the banks of the canals.
National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum)
The Maritime Museum tells about the centuries-old history of Dutch shipbuilding and navigation. The exhibits and artifacts on the theme of the sea is 18 spacious rooms. Here you will learn about how Amsterdam became one of the richest cities in the world, how the Dutch were able to conquer the sea, and what helped sailors pass the days during long voyages.
Anne Frank house Museum
The house where Jewish families hid from the Nazis during world war II is a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and has been the most visited attraction in Amsterdam since 1960, when it began operating as a Museum. Here, visitors can see the original diary of Anna and other manuscripts, as well as items about her short life, and interactive installations on the topic of human rights.
Royal Palace in Amsterdam
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of the three residences of the Royal family of the Netherlands. It was built on the site of the city administration in the 17th century for king Louis I, brother of Napoleon, and at that time was even considered the eighth wonder of the world. The Palace is still used by the Royal family for major events, but is open to the public most of the year.
If beautiful museums, palaces and parks can be found in virtually all cities of the world, then coffee shops are a true Dutch feature, which brings the country more than 100 million euros a year. Previously, this pleasure was available to all tourists, but now the Dutch authorities are gradually tightening access to coffee shops for non-residents. In many Dutch cities, the entrance to coffee shops for tourists is already closed, but in Amsterdam this possibility still exists.
Vondelpark (Vondel Park)
The largest and most beautiful Park in Amsterdam was named after the Dutch playwright Joost van den Vondel. The Park is loved not only by tourists, but also by local residents, who often gather here on Sunny days for picnics. In summer, the Vondelpark also features a theatre open to the sky, where you can watch a wonderful presentation, and absolutely free.
Red light district
Amsterdam is famous for its original attractions, and one of them is the red light District, which is a series of Windows with red lighting, in which representatives of the Quarter in seductive underwear beckon customers. In this area also have theaters for adults and the many sex shops. Despite the peculiar nature of the quarter, it is quite safe to visit, as it is constantly crowded with tourists under the watchful eye of the police.
Floating flower market Bloemenmarkt
This small Kingdom of flora in the heart of Amsterdam is the world's only floating flower market. All week on the banks of the Singel canal, you can see vendors on barges loaded with flowers, seeds and bulbs. The Flower market is also visited by local residents, but first of all it is entertainment for tourists. Many products are sold prepared for export, so that visitors can easily take home tulips, daffodils and other flowers in memory of Amsterdam.
Flower Park Keukenhof (Keukenhof)
Millions of tourists come to Amsterdam for tulips! See the incredible flower installations in Keukenhof Park in the Netherlands. Here they grow huge Tulip fields, which you can admire from a helicopter or boat. You will listen to classical music, buy bulbs, learn more about gardening and take the most stunning pictures surrounded by tulips, daffodils and hyacinths!
Science can be interesting! You will have this idea after your visit to the NEMO science center. It houses five stunning floors of practical science. Find out how and why the wind blows, rainbows appear, or big soap bubbles are blown!
Royal zoo "Artis" in Amsterdam
Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, operating since 1838. Now you will be met by 700 species of exotic animals on the verge of extinction and many open aviaries that are separated from pedestrians only by small moats. Look at the world's second largest aquarium with fish and pinnipeds.
Artis also has several interesting old buildings: a Zoological and geological Museum, a library, a planetarium, a terrarium, an aquarium, a greenhouse and a children's farm.
Madame Tussauds Museum in Amsterdam
Are you ready to meet the Queen of Holland, Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Michael Jackson and Nielson Mandela in one day? Just come to the wonderful world of Madame Tussauds. Here people who are unrealistic to meet in real life are always ready to take pictures with you!
Let's go to the hallmark of the city-300-year-old "gingerbread" houses! The same that are displayed on postcards of the Dutch capital. They are located on the left side of Damrak street, if you stand with your back to the station. Be sure to take a photo here, and to get the original photos, go a little to the right, to the bridge. This is where the unusual shots come from.