Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. Famous for its red-light districts and legal cannabis cafes, Amsterdam draws many visitors each year to experience the way of the Dutch. Amsterdam is the home of many famous museums and sites of interest. The Anne Frank House draws many visitors each year to experience life during Nazi persecution through the eyes of the young Anne Frank.
Another notable museum in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh museum which houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s art and paintings in the world. Amsterdam is also famous for its canals, using water taxis to get around the city by water. Important canals include the Zwanenburgwal, a beautiful canal, and the street where painter Rembrandt and philosopher Spinoza once lived. Along the canal runs the Waterlooplein flea market, another popular tourist attraction. Here is a list of the top tourist attractions in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is one of the many art museums in the Netherlands dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Van Gogh House can be visited in Zundert, a museum in Van Gogh’s old residence. image source
Waterlooplein is a square in the center of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The square near the Amstel river is named after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The daily flea market on the square is popular with tourists. The Stopera city hall and opera building and the Mozes en Aäronkerk church are at Waterlooplein. Waterlooplein was created in 1882, The area of Amsterdam that includes Waterlooplein is also called Groot Waterloo district.
Leidseplein Square, Amsterdam
The Leidseplein is a square in central Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centers for nightlife in the city. Historically, the square was the end of the road from Leiden and served as a parking lot for horse-drawn traffic. Today, modern traffic travels through the square and side streets are packed with restaurants and nightclubs. image source
The Jordaan is a neighborhood of the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Jordaan has a high concentration of hofjes (inner courtyards), many of them with restored houses and peaceful gardens. These courtyards were built by rich people for elderly women, as a kind of charity. By the 1970s most of these courtyards were in very bad shape, like the rest of the neighborhood. Since then, many have been restored and are now inhabited mainly by artists, students, and some elderly people.image source
Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam – Much of the Amsterdam canal system is the successful outcome of city planning. In the early part of the 17th century, with immigration rising, a comprehensive plan was put together, calling for four main, concentric half-circles of canals with their ends resting on the IJ Bay. Three of the canals are mostly for residential development, and a fourth, outer canal, for purposes of defense and water management.
The Bloemenmarkt was the world’s only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It includes 15 florists and garden shops as well as a range of souvenir gifts. The market is one of the main suppliers of flowers in central Amsterdam. image source
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.It is located at the Museum Square in the borough of Amsterdam South, The collection comprises modern and contemporary art and design from the early 20th century up to the 21st century. It features artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, and many more. image source.
The Amsterdam Museum
The Amsterdam Museum is a museum about the history of Amsterdam. The museum exhibits various items from the Middle Ages to the present time. Many of the original furnishings of the city orphanage are on display, as are artifacts relating to the Rasp house, the former house of correction in Amsterdam where the prisoners were forced to rasp wood to make sawdust.
Dam Square, or simply the Dam, is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country. Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam, south of the main transportation hub, Centraal Station, at the original location of the dam in the river Amstel. image source
Anne Frank House Museum
The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex. She did not survive the war but her wartime diary was published in 1947. Ten years later the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block. image source
The Rijksmuseum is a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. image source
EYE Film Institute the Netherlands
The EYE Film Institute Netherlands is a Dutch archive and museum in Amsterdam that preserves and presents both Dutch and foreign films screened in the Netherlands. The museum collection includes 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters, 700,000 photographs and 20,000 books. The earliest materials date from the start of the film industry in the Netherlands in 1895.
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam wax museum is located in the center of the city of Amsterdam on Dam Square, near the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Founded in 1970, it was the first Madame Tussauds that was opened in mainland Europe as well as being the first foreign branch of the British institution. The collection of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam consists of a collection of wax figures of famous celebrities in different categories such as the Golden Age of Dutch history, music, sport & movie.
Maritime Museum Amsterdam
The National Maritime Museum is dedicated to maritime history and contains many artifacts associated with shipping and sailing. The collection contains, among other things, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. The paintings depict Dutch naval officers such as Michiel de Ruyter and historical sea battles. The museum ranked one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands. In 2017 the museum received 350,000 visitors.