Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport. Amsterdam your destination is never far away. Get a bike for an authentic local experience.
The famous Rijksmuseum is home to countless priceless treasures, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ and Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’. It reopened in April 2013 after impressive renovations.
The Rijksmuseum houses 8000 objects and focuses on arts, crafts, and history from around 1200 to 2000. This is where you’ll find fascinating works from Dutch Golden Age painters like Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
Van Gogh museum
Having opened on Museumplein in 1973, the Van Gogh Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world, attracting visitors from every corner of the globe. Naturally, this is in large part due to its housing the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh – more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of his letters.
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s most well known former residents. The Anne Frank House at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam is where she lived in hiding with her family for more than two years during World War II. Now converted into a museum it contains a sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war, as well as discrimination in general.
In September 2012, the Stedelijk Museum, dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design, reopened following extensive renovations. The development was particularly dramatic, as it not only saw the museum’s original red brick home (dating from 1895) internally modernised, but also the addition of a futuristic-looking construction by Benthem Crouwel Architects, which has since been nicknamed ‘The Bathtub’ by locals.
Albert Cuyp market
Albert Cuypmarkt (Albert Cuyp market) is Amsterdam’s largest general market that sells everything from pillows to prawns at great prices. The clothes on sale tend to be run-of-the-mill cheapies. Albert Cuypmark began trading in 1904. Today there are over 300 stalls on both sides of the Albert Cuypstraat in the neighbourhood of De Pijp. The market gets very crowded on Saturdays.
Between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat there is an area known as De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), named after the nine side streets connecting the main canals. Together they constitute a charming neighbourhood full of unique shops, wonderful places to eat and a great atmosphere.
The number of canals have led Amsterdam to become known as “The Venice of the North”. And thus, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a boat cruise on these well known attractions in Amsterdam. A canal tour can be both fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. There are also numerous smaller canals in the neighbourhood of Jordaan, of which the Brouwersgracht, the Bloemgracht and the Leliegracht are especially pleasant.
TIP: Many museums and attractions offer free or discounted entrance with the I amsterdam City Card.
Eating & drinking
Amsterdam certainly holds its own on the restaurant front, offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. City restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, from Mediterranean to modern Dutch.
Shopping in Amsterdam
With everything from big department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires every shopper.
Non-EU residents are eligible to reclaim the Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases they make in the European Union. In the Netherlands, VAT is 21% and the regulation applies to purchases over €50 (purchases have to be taken with you when you leave the country). Visit www.vatfree.com for more information.
More information about Amsterdam
Visit Holland App
The Visit Holland app is a free app for your smartphone that allows you to discover the best of the Netherlands. This unique app is available for iPhone and Android and offers both online and offline up to date information on countless facts in the Netherlands.
- Download the Visit Holland App for iPhone from the App Store.
- Download the Visit Holland App for Android from Google Play.
Amsterdam Travelguide App
We would also like to mention the free App Amsterdam Travelguide by Triposo. This free app has detailed information about all the monuments, the best restaurants and an offline map of Amsterdam. Discover the nightlife of Amsterdam!
- Download the Amsterdam Travelguide App for iPhone from the App Store.
- Download the Amsterdam Travelguide App for Android from Google Play.
Don’t forget to check out the I Amsterdam website.
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