With its friendly people, great shopping opportunities, impressive architecture styles, and its lovely canals, the city of Amsterdam is one of Western Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and the younger crowds love it here because of the well known “coffee” shops that feature an astounding menu of drink and smoke. However, if this isn’t your sole reason for visiting the city, you’ll quickly discover that there are so many other reasons for vacationing here.
The following is a list of the recommended places to visit in Amsterdam and should be included on your vacation itinerary:
The architecture – Amsterdam is a city rich with amazing architectural style. One of these is the Begijnhof, an enclosed courtyard that was designed and built in late medieval times. In the Canal Ring, you will find the Magere Brug, which is over 3 centuries old and nearly still in its original condition. This is a great location for views of Dutch architecture and the river.
The windmills – despite the fact that these were never built in the urban Amsterdam areas, they are well worth visiting. Not far from the city center is the De Gooyer which is now being operated as a brewery. Another windmill to be sure and visit as well as being the only one that is open for public tours is the Molen van Sloten.
The museums – there are 3 very notable museums in Amsterdam, all of which are must-see attractions when visiting the city. These include:
- Anne Frank House – dedicated to Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis and kept a detailed diary of her time in hiding.
- Rijksmuseum – renowned for its huge collection of paintings from the Netherlands’ Golden Age, the museum features works by artists such as Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Jan Steen, and van Rijn.
- Van Gogh Museum – this is where you will find the world’s largest collections of paintings done by one of the most renowned Dutch Post-Impressionist artists.
The river cruises – for some spectacular views of the city as well as a relaxing time out in the city, consider one of the different water cruises offered in the city such as:
- Amsterdam Jewel Cruise – a great dinner cruise that features the finest local cuisine and an elegant dining atmosphere. Just be prepared to pay a higher price than what you would in town despite the fact that it is an a la carte menu.
- Lovers Canal Cruise – if it’s a romantic cruise for two that you’re looking for, this is a definite venue to put on your vacation agenda. The only downside to this cruise is that it lasts only an hour and a half.
Hotels in Amsterdam
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