Beautiful Amsterdam captivates with its maze of canals, cobblestone streets and 17th century architecture. There are laneways to wanders, cafes to discover, galleries to admire and canals to sail. While you may be tempted to simply roam the streets, be sure to tick these seven attractions off your bucket list before leaving Amsterdam.
Take a break and enjoy the great outdoors in Vondelpark, the largest and most popular green space in the city. Daily you will spy locals walking, jogging or roller-skating around the park. Free concerts are offered at the open-air theatre in summer or simply enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch in the lush surrounds after a day of sightseeing.
Anne Frank House
Open every day, the Anne Frank House is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The museum is dedicated solely to the Jewish wartime diarist, Anne Frank and preserves the original hiding place used during World War II. Take a step back in time as your peruse many personal documents and objects belonging to the Frank family.
Situated in the historical centre of Amsterdam, Dam Square is the gateway to many of the city’s prime attractions. Stroll the cobblestone streets to find the neoclassical Royal Palace, the National Monument and the 15th century New Church, Nieuwe Kerk. You can also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage along the canals from here.
Touted as the city’s greatest museum, the Rijksmuseum boasts an impressive collection of priceless artefacts. Browse national treasures including art by Vermeer, Frans Hall and Jan Steen. Perhaps the most notable piece is Rembrandt’s famous masterpiece, ‘Night Watch.’ Don’t leave without taking a stroll through the immaculately landscaped gardens, open every day.
Singel Flower Market
Browse the beautiful blooms on display at Amsterdam’s world renowned floating flower market. You’ll find all your favourites with a variety of florists and garden shops lining the canal, including many garden supplies. Fresh flowers are still brought in every single day but it’s the buckets of colourful tulip bouquets that are bound to capture your attention.
Artis Royal Zoo
Conveniently positioned in the heart of the city, the Artis Royal Zoo is home to more the 750 animal species. Not only do visitors come to see the zebras, giraffes and elephants but the zoo is famed for its immaculate gardens and natural surrounds. You’ll also find the biggest planetarium in the Netherlands and the Micropia Museum.
The Jordaan District
One of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods, the Jordaan deserves to be explored. Take a stroll down the labyrinth of winding streets to discover trendy art galleries, hip cafes and hidden courtyards and gardens. Jordaan is also home to a number of markets that pop up throughout the week, so keep your eyes peeled.
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