Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for its nightlife and great history. Believe it or not, it is quite unique for its historic centre, which is untouched even today.
Backed by a rich architectural history, it brings together different cultures of the world and welcomes them with an open heart. Not only history, but the city is also well known for eating and drinking places, and its sometimes controversial red light district.
Most Popular Amsterdam Attractions
Here are some of the most popular Amsterdam attractions and activities:
1. Private walking tours
A great way to explore any new city is to take private tours with the locals. Taking a tour with the locals help you learn some history and know some of the major sites that you might not get to visit otherwise.
You can choose a private tour Amsterdam for the perfect historical overview of the city and its landmarks. There are generally day tours but you can opt for the one that lasts about 2-3 hours.
Amsterdam is tied to the water as it grew around the canals and the river Amstel. The canals are amazingly beautiful and therefore, a must-do.
The best way to see these canals is from a boat. You can skip the big boat tours, and always hire a private boat for about an hour or two. You can also choose to take the hop on hop off boat.
Another must-do when in Amsterdam is the museums. Amsterdam is the home of several museums, however, the best ones are – Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum.
Van Gogh is one of the most popular museums in the city and therefore, you might find yourself deterred by the crowd. If you are, try to visit the museum in the afternoon when the crowd subsides.
The museum comprises of some of the best work of art, which includes beautiful artsy paintings of Van Gogh.
Rijksmuseum, which is located next to Van Gogh, is a beautifully remodelled museum that features the incredible and robust Rembrandt collection.
There are more than one million works of craft, art and other objects in the collection, so ensure your space at least a few hours for it.
4. Heineken Factory
Good news for the beer lovers – Amsterdam is known as the Beer City. Yes, Amsterdam is home to the beer factories, and the most famous one is the Heineken Factory.
If you didn’t know, Heineken, one of the most popular beers, comes from the Netherlands. So, visit the factory for a Heineken experience and learn how it is made. It is by far one of the most interesting places to visit in the town.
And especially, if you are a beer lover, this is something you cannot afford to miss! You can also take a tour with the locals as they can explain you more about the history and the process, and who knows you might get a few free beers on the go.
5. Red Light District
Since the red light district of Amsterdam is one of the most famous areas in town, it does require a visit. The area is also home to several hangout spots and bars, so you can choose to spend some hours here at night.
Definitely one of the most lively places in Amsterdam, the red light district has many sex museums also. Again, you can opt for a guided tour with locals, to know more details about the place and the prostitutes.
6. Anne Frank House
Another popular spot in town, Anne Frank House is a biographical museum cum a writer’s house. Anne Frank used to stay in this house for more than two years during the Second World War.
The house has now been converted into a museum that is home to various historical documents and artefacts from that time. Anne’s diary and other books are also displayed on the shelves.
If you are travelling with kids, you might be interested in finding out which are the most popular things to do with kids in Amsterdam as well. This post will help you find Amsterdam attractions for both younger and older kids.
Over to you:
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