Amsterdam Netherland (Holland)
Amsterdam is filled with attractions and sights, and most of them can be reached on foot strolling around the city centre. For family entertainment, there is Artis, Madame Tussauds, Science Centre NEMO and more.
There is a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sights in Amsterdam that range from fascinating old buildings, like the Oude Kerk, to oddities such as the Hash Marihuana Museum. A stroll through the heart of Amsterdam and beyond reveals the countless attractions of a city that is filled with history and charm.
What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique.
The main Amsterdam tourism attractions are museums. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, but there is much, much more. The city has over fifty museums which attract many millions of visitors every year. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House.
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The Rijksmuseum is the largest and the most attractive museum in the Netherlands, with more than one million visitors each year. Designed by PJH Cuypers and opened in 1885, the Rijksmuseum holds the country’s largest collection of art and artefacts, including 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers. Opened in spring of 2013 after a decade of renovation, the museum has a wonderful collection of the 17th C. Dutch Golden Age masterpieces. Famous “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt as well as other celebrated paintings like Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and “Woman reading a letter”, “The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede” by van Ruisdael, “The Burgomaster of Delft and his Daughter” by Jan Steen and many more. These marvel paintings reflect history and character of the Dutch. Unique sculptures and various antiquities as traditional furniture, Delftware, silver, ship models and doll houses complete the show.
2. Amsterdam canals
Amsterdam is the most watery city in the world.
Its canals and harbours fill a full quarter of her surface
Its waterways have always been its essence and its source of wealth
The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. They continue define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam’s canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city. Whether you’re a first-time or frequent visitor, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat.
You can do Canal Cruises and Boat Hire in the most popular Canals in Amsterdams.
3. Oude Kerk in Amsterdam
The Oude Kerk began life as a simple wooden chapel in 1306, but today rates as Amsterdam’s most interesting church. It’s easy to imagine the Sunday Mass chaos during its heyday in the mid-1500s, when it had 38 altars, each with its own guild-sponsored priest. A big and monumental church – De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) dominates over the Red Light District. Through its exceptional architecture, high windows full of light, beautifully sculpted misericords in the choir, impressive old granite gravestones on its floor, as well as through its unique history omnipresent in the building, the Oude Kerk symbolizes the tradition and the present-day of Amsterdam.
Standing in the church’s main entry, you will be amazed to see the coffee shop just left to it, windows with sex workers in front and the Princess Juliana Nursery School left right the church (at no.8 on the Oudekerksplein). Contrast could not be bigger and the Oude Kerk, the oldest and for centuries the most important church in Amsterdam, although now having lost this name to the Nieuwe Kerk, remains one of unique sights to visit.
Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape, and a visit to one is a must for visitors to the Netherlands. And with eight windmills located in and around Amsterdam, windmill spotting is a great way to see the city.
For centuries, windmills have helped the Dutch fight water shortages so it is little wonder that they were the first to develop ‘windmill technology.’ In the glory days, the Netherlands boasted more than 10,000 mills but the molen population today stands at a mere 1,000. Many of the remaining mills are open to the public and a couple have even been transformed into homes, but a word of warning, these are not museums!
Every year in mid-May, the country celebrates National Windmill Day when windmills throughout the Netherlands are decorated with flowers, figures of angels or Dutch flags, and doors are thrown open to visitors.
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