Attractions in Amsterdam
Many attractions & Must See in Amsterdam
This charming city holds a number of great attractions you can get to easily during your Amsterdam travel. Whether you are interested in art both old and new, history, food and drink, architecture or religious heritage, you can find fascinating things to see and do here.
The Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam; +31 20 570 52 00; www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Probably one of the most famous artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh had a profound influence on his successors with his vivid and emotional paintings. This museum of the Post-Impressionist master – a Dutch native - has the largest collection of his paintings and drawings in the world. Inside you’ll find his world-famous ‘Sunflowers’ and many other great works, although neither ‘Starry Night’ nor ‘Café Terrace At Night’ are exhibited here (they are in New York and Otterlo respectively). Entry to this Amsterdam attraction is €14, with summer queues to be expected.
Anne Frank House
Prinsengracht 267, 1000 AS Amsterdam; +31 20 556 71 00; www.annefrank.org
This Amsterdam house was once home to Anne Frank, who wrote a famous diary about her experiences hiding from the Nazis. As you enter behind the secret bookcase, you will be amazed and moved by the cramped conditions that the famous Jewish girl and her family had to endure. The house museum itself does not have space for any exhibits on the girl’s heroic story, so make sure to read about it online or in your guidebook before you go. Entry is €8.50, with online reservation available.
The Canal Ring
Various locations, Amsterdam; http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1349
Of course, if there is one thing this Dutch city is famous for, it is canals. This entire 17th Century district surrounding Old Town Amsterdam is a designated UNESCO heritage site. Four hundred years ago, the merchants that ruled this central trading post of Europe constructed many prestigious homes along the central canals. One of the most pleasant Amsterdam attractions the city holds is to take a long walk or cycle through these centuries-old streets, admiring the classic architecture and taking in the relaxing effects of the water alongside your feet.
Prinsengracht 281, 1016 GW Amsterdam; +31 20 624 77 66; www.westerkerk.nl
The largest Protestant church in the Netherlands, the West Church holds a special place in the country’s heritage for several reasons. It was at this Amsterdam attraction that world-famous painter Rembrandt was buried, and where Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus were married. Erected in 1631, the church is also notable for its tower, which is valued by Amsterdammers as a top landmark of their city. Free entry. Of equal significance for those interested in visiting the city’s most famous churches are the 14th Century Oude Kerk (Old Church) and 15th Century Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).
The Royal Palace
Groenhof 157, 1186 EZ Amsterdam; +31 20 645 74 00 www.paleisamsterdam.nl
Built in the mid-17th Century to serve as Amsterdam’s Town Hall, the palace was once the largest non-religious building in the world. It was converted into a palace by Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Louis in the 19th Century. Today it is used for state visits and certain royal functions at different times of the year. Extensively renovated in recent years, the palace’s interior now beautifully reflects the best of the building’s long history. This Amsterdam attraction is open daily except Mondays, admission €7.50.