Amsterdam is the capital and one of the most populous cities of The Netherlands. It is also a major tourist destination attraction with about 5 million visitors every year from all corners of the globe. Although much of the serenity of Amsterdam has been affected by the large number of tourists, the city still has an inherent charm that is hard to miss. Several museums, art galleries, open parks, cannabis cafes, the canals, and a historical red light district are the main tourist attractions of the city.
Amsterdam is home to several medieval churches. As it was a Protestant nation, the churches were primarily Protestant churches. One of the major churches in the city is the Westerkerk, located on Westermarkt, which is close to another major attraction of the city: the Anne Frank House. Westerkerk was built in 1621. It is open to the public in the summer months between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is also a church tower which you can climb for a fee. The tower offers panoramic views of the cityscape.
- Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
The Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam, or simply the Royal Palace, is one of the three palaces that is used as a residence by the Royal Family of The Netherlands. This magnificent building was built in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age. It served as a city hall before being transformed into the royal residence of King Louis Napoleon. The palace stands on the western flank of the Dam Square near the Amsterdam city center. The War Memorial is a notable attraction located right across the palace grounds.
The Scheepvaartmuseum, or the National Maritime Museum, is dedicated to the rich naval history of The Netherlands. It is housed in a mid-17th-century building which used to serve as a naval storehouse. It became the museum in 1971. However, the present look of the museum is from the major restorations from 2011. Look out for the glass dome inside the museum courtyard, which was inspired by the compass on nautical maps. There are 18 rooms in the museum displaying many documents, weapons, artifacts, and instruments associated with the naval history of the country.
Spread over 120 acres, Vondelpark is a huge public urban park in the city of Amsterdam. It is located to the west of the Leidseplein. The park was originally named Nieuwe Park when it opened in 1865. It was later renamed to its present moniker after the 17th century playwright and poet Joost van del Vondel. The park is not only a place for relaxation but also a major center for art. It features an open-air theater which hosts many shows in the summer months. There is also a playground and several eating facilities within the park complex.
The Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world. It was founded in 1862 and can be seen on the River Singel between Koningsplein and Muntplein. It is a part of the southern canal belt of the city of Amsterdam. The Bloemenmarkt is made up of 15 florists and garden shops who sell a variety of flowers and bulbs on the river.
- De Wallen
De Wallen is the largest and most-visited of the infamous red-light districts of Amsterdam. It is part of the oldest neighborhood of the city. The district has nearly three-hundred one-room cabins which are rented by prostitutes for their legalized services. Typically, these cabins have a large glass pane with red lights inside. The district is set amidst a network of canals and stretches right up to the main train station. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city and attracts many visitors who go there just to have a view of the place. De Wallen is home to several sex shops, cannabis cafes, a sex museum, and a cannabis museum. It is also home to the oldest church in the city, Oude Kerk.
- Anne Frank House
Located along the Prinsengracht Canal, the Anne Frank House is one of the most-visited attractions of Amsterdam. This is the canal-house in which Anne Frank and her family, along with 4 other Jews, hid in specially constructed hidden rooms to escape persecution by the Nazis. Although Anne Frank did not survive the War, her diary was published in 1947 and made this house a symbolic memorial to the Holocaust. Over a million visitors have come to see this house, which was transformed into a museum in 1960. Visitors can not only see things associated with Anne Frank, but also the rooms where she hid along with her family.
- Van Gogh Museum
Located in Museumplein, the Van Gogh Museum is one of the most-visited attractions of Amsterdam, attracting nearly 2 million visitors every year. Spread over 4 floors, the museum the largest collection of the Dutch master along with some artworks of his contemporaries. This art museum opened its doors to the public in 1973 and is a must-visit place for art lovers. The museum offers guided tours, workshops, and several activities to make art more exciting for children. Some of the major works of van Gogh in the museum include Sunflowers, Yellow House, The Potato Eaters, and Self-Portrait.
The Rijksmuseum is the largest art museum and the most-visited museum in The Netherlands. It was originally founded in 1800 in The Hague but was moved to Amsterdam in 1808. It moved to its present location in 1885. The museum attracts over 2 million visitors every year. It has a large collection of paintings and artworks. Some of the major artists featured in the museum include Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steel, and Ruisdael. If you are looking for a break, hop into the adjoining restaurant which was awarded a Michelin Star in 2017!
- Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals. These are dotted with 1500 bridges and 90 islands. No wonder the city earned the nickname Venice of the North. The three main canals of the city, namely Keizersgracht, Princengracht, and Herengracht, were dug during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. These canals formed concentric belts around the Old Center of Amsterdam. The whole region is presently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are several tour operators who offer a variety of boat cruises along these canals for the visiting tourists.
Originally posted 2017-06-01 07:17:34.