Amsterdam being the capital city of the Netherlands is one of the most liberated and tolerant cities in the world. Coffee shops, the red light district, and the overall open-minded people make Amsterdam a traveler’s dream. However, there is more to see in Amsterdam besides coffee shops and the famous red-light district.
- Anne Frank House. Anne Frank was one of the victims of the Nazi regime in the Second World War. The Anne Frank House is the historic home where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Germans. The queues for the house can be enormous but it’s an impressive and worthy sight to visit. The best time to go is around 8 30 am when the museum is opening or at noon because there are fewer people and you won’t have to wait too much in line. It would be ideal if you can get a ticket from your hotel which would put you in the front of the line.
- The Nemo Museum. When traveling with younger children the Nemo Museum is a great idea for a day of fun and culture. The museum offers exhibits that stimulate youngsters by including them in the collection of science and technology. Also, check the Cafe from the top of the Nemo Museum if you can at night for a great view of the city.
- Rijksmuseum. If you haven’t been to the Rijksmuseum, you haven’t been to Amsterdam. This museum holds masterpieces, furniture, and beautiful jewelry, and other stunning items. If you visit this museum, make sure to see the Nightwatch by Rembrandt.
- The Royal Palace. The Netherlands is a monarchy and the Royal Palace is the official Royal residence. However, the Royal family ( Queen Beatrix and prince Willem Alexander) live in The Hague. The Royal palace holds a large collection of royal furniture, chandeliers, and other exclusive items.
- Artis zoo. With over 8000 animals and 2 museums, Artis zoo is a great place for adults as well as children. The zoo is open every day of the year, which makes it all the easier to plan a trip to this magnificent sight.
- Hortus Botanicus. This enormous botanical garden is a treat for every traveler. Enjoy nature and have a drink in one of the most beautiful bars of Amsterdam, the Orangerie.
- Van Gogh Museum. One of the most renowned painters in Dutch history was Vincent van Gogh. His museum holds over 200 paintings and 500 drawings. Among the works are also drawings by Gauguin. If you have an appetite for culture and art, the van Gogh Museum is a sight for sore eyes.
- The 9 streets. Amsterdam is known for its fashion sense and in the 9 streets is where you will find great little boutiques. From expensive gowns to second-hand vintage clothing (bleah), the 9 streets are an oasis of style in busy and hectic Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is a city that offers a wide variety of experiences for the senses. Whether you indulge in art, fashion, or history Amsterdam is a sure bet for having a marvelous time.