Amsterdam Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's CANALS lined with picturesque houses are the city's most distinguishing images, and exploring them on a cruise is one of its most memorable experiences.
Another popular attraction is Anne Frank's House, opened in 1960 and extended in 1999. You can see Anne's famous diary on display, together with many other pieces telling the story of the eight people hiding in the house during WWII.
Stedelijk Museum is Amsterdam's major contemporary art destination, with a superb Dutch photography collection in addition to works by Matisse, Picasso, and Warhol.
Also, in a city with so many great galleries, a particularly interesting one not to miss is the Torch Gallery, specializing in photography and new media.
Rijksmuseum shows the treasures from the country's Golden Age (by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals among others) together with some exceptional examples of Asian art, while at the Van Gogh Museum you'll find works by the country's most famous artist. He painted hundreds of canvas now hanging in galleries around the world, but you'll see about 200 of them here together with works by his contemporaries like Monet and Gauguin.
NEMO is a science museum housed in a ship-like building designed by Renzo Piano. Inside, you can learn about the wonders of science through exhibitions, experiments, and gadgets.
The notorious RED LIGHT DISTRICT is found right in the center of the city, and despite recent attempts to clean it up, you'll still find sex advertised in every corner, from the brothels to the sex shops. The best time to pass by is in the evening, while during the day you should simply wander around the city. Start in DAM SQUARE, where you'll see the neoclassical royal palace and other notable buildings. From there, head to ALBERT CUYPMARKET, a multicultural street market also known for its stroopwafels. From there, browse through the world's only floating flower market, BLOEMENMARKT, for its stalls filled with flowers and souvenirs.
When the sun begins to set, head to LEIDESPLEIN, a busy square at night with outdoor cafes, bars, and restaurants.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Amsterdam and don't miss the very best of the city and its surrounding attractions.