Attractions in Amsterdam

Amsterdam attractions listed by popularity

The many canals in Amsterdam are lined with beautiful, mostly 17th century houses. While the canals were built for economical reasons, they are now Amsterdam’s biggest tourist attraction.

The largest museum of art in the Netherlands is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. The museum is best known for its 17th century works of Dutch painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Historic houses, including Amsterdam’s oldest building, line this tranquil courtyard. It was created in the 14th century to house the city’s Beguines, a community of pious women.

One of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, the van Gogh Museum boasts more than 200 works of the famous Dutch painter, housed in a modern spacious structure.

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is the oldest building in Amsterdam; its construction started in the early 14th century. The bare interior of the church is a result of looting during the Reformation.

This popular and often crowded square was originally created in 1668 as the Butter Market. A statue of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt graces the center of the square.

This former palace was originally built as a city hall in the 17th century. Napoleon’s brother Louis turned into a palace at the beginning of the 19th century.

Amsterdam’s Maritime Museum displays the history of the Netherlands’ long naval history. There are numerous ship models and full scale ships on view in the museum.

Dam Square – one of Amsterdam’s oldest squares – is surrounded by monumental buildings including the Royal Palace. A tall monument on the square honors the victims of World War II.

The Magere Brug or ‘skinny bridge’ – a pedestrian bridge across the Amstel river with a typical double-swipe design – is probably the most popular of Amsterdam’s 1200+ bridges.

Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest park, is a popular refuge from the hubbub of the city. During summertime musical and theatrical productions take place at the park’s open air theatre.

Magna Plaza is a magnificent former Post Office building converted into a shopping center. The structure is built in a neo-Gothic design which was mocked by critics as ‘Post-Gothic’.

This beautiful transportation hub was built at the end of the 19th century in neo-renaissance style. Built at the banks of a river, 8600 pilings were required to keep the building stable.

Once ubiquitous in the Dutch landscape, windmills have become a rarity in Amsterdam. The De Gooyer Mill, situated to the east of the historic center, is one of just six surviving windmills in the city.

The Anne Frank House – the hiding place of the Frank family who tried to escape the Nazis – is now a museum. On display are a facsimile of Anne Frank’s famous diary as well as other objects.

This 15th century building originally functioned as one of Amsterdam’s three main entrance gates. It was later converted into a weigh house, which gave the structure its current name.

The flower market in Amsterdam is situated at the Singel, one of the city’s many canals. The last of Amsterdam’s floating flower markets , it always attracts throngs of tourists.

Jordaan, once a shunned area in Amsterdam is now one of the city’s most hip and trendy neighborhoods. Like many neighborhoods in Amsterdam, it is criss-crossed by picturesque canals.

The Montelbaanstoren is a historic tower, built in 1512 as part of a defensive wall around Amsterdam. The tower’s decorative spire and clock were added in 1606.

Hortus Botanicus is a botanical garden, originally founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden. It has a large diversity of plants, with more than 4000 species spread out over seven different climate zones.

Amsterdam’s Leidseplein is an often crowded square, popular with young people who hang out here on weekend evenings. The square is dominated by the neo-Renaissance Stadsschouwburg.

The Stopera is a combination of a city hall and opera building. The modern structure was built in the 1980s in a central historic district and contrasts starkly with its surroundings.

The Beurs van Berlage, built at the turn of the 20th century as Amsterdam’s new stock exchange building, is seen as the precursor of modern Dutch architecture.

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The many canals in Amsterdam are lined with beautiful, mostly 17th century houses. While the canals were built for economical reasons, they are now Amsterdam’s biggest tourist attraction.

The Anne Frank House – the hiding place of the Frank family who tried to escape the Nazis – is now a museum. On display are a facsimile of Anne Frank’s famous diary as well as other objects.

Historic houses, including Amsterdam’s oldest building, line this tranquil courtyard. It was created in the 14th century to house the city’s Beguines, a community of pious women.

The Beurs van Berlage, built at the turn of the 20th century as Amsterdam’s new stock exchange building, is seen as the precursor of modern Dutch architecture.

This beautiful transportation hub was built at the end of the 19th century in neo-renaissance style. Built at the banks of a river, 8600 pilings were required to keep the building stable.

Dam Square – one of Amsterdam’s oldest squares – is surrounded by monumental buildings including the Royal Palace. A tall monument on the square honors the victims of World War II.

Once ubiquitous in the Dutch landscape, windmills have become a rarity in Amsterdam. The De Gooyer Mill, situated to the east of the historic center, is one of just six surviving windmills in the city.

The flower market in Amsterdam is situated at the Singel, one of the city’s many canals. The last of Amsterdam’s floating flower markets , it always attracts throngs of tourists.

Hortus Botanicus is a botanical garden, originally founded in 1638 as a medicinal herb garden. It has a large diversity of plants, with more than 4000 species spread out over seven different climate zones.

Jordaan, once a shunned area in Amsterdam is now one of the city’s most hip and trendy neighborhoods. Like many neighborhoods in Amsterdam, it is criss-crossed by picturesque canals.

Amsterdam’s Leidseplein is an often crowded square, popular with young people who hang out here on weekend evenings. The square is dominated by the neo-Renaissance Stadsschouwburg.

Magna Plaza is a magnificent former Post Office building converted into a shopping center. The structure is built in a neo-Gothic design which was mocked by critics as ‘Post-Gothic’.

The Montelbaanstoren is a historic tower, built in 1512 as part of a defensive wall around Amsterdam. The tower’s decorative spire and clock were added in 1606.

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is the oldest building in Amsterdam; its construction started in the early 14th century. The bare interior of the church is a result of looting during the Reformation.

This popular and often crowded square was originally created in 1668 as the Butter Market. A statue of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt graces the center of the square.

The largest museum of art in the Netherlands is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. The museum is best known for its 17th century works of Dutch painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

This former palace was originally built as a city hall in the 17th century. Napoleon’s brother Louis turned into a palace at the beginning of the 19th century.

Amsterdam’s Maritime Museum displays the history of the Netherlands’ long naval history. There are numerous ship models and full scale ships on view in the museum.

The Magere Brug or ‘skinny bridge’ – a pedestrian bridge across the Amstel river with a typical double-swipe design – is probably the most popular of Amsterdam’s 1200+ bridges.

The Stopera is a combination of a city hall and opera building. The modern structure was built in the 1980s in a central historic district and contrasts starkly with its surroundings.

One of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, the van Gogh Museum boasts more than 200 works of the famous Dutch painter, housed in a modern spacious structure.

Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest park, is a popular refuge from the hubbub of the city. During summertime musical and theatrical productions take place at the park’s open air theatre.

This 15th century building originally functioned as one of Amsterdam’s three main entrance gates. It was later converted into a weigh house, which gave the structure its current name.

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