Marihuana Museums, and various fascinating old buildings. The city also provides various recreations activities suitable to everyone visiting the city.
Museums are, undoubtedly, one of the most important places to visit in Amsterdam.Its museums like Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum are renowned throughout the world. However, there is a lot more to the city of Amsterdam than its more than fifty museums, which attract millions of people from all over the world each year.
Let us take a look at some of the most important sites and places to visit when making a trip to Amsterdam.
Located in the heart of the city’s De Wallen (Red Light District), this old church continues to be a major site of attraction for the visitors to this place. Its building and bell tower are great examples of Gothic Renaissance architecture.
Dam Square (De Dam)
The Dam Square (De Dam) is considered to be the heart of Amsterdam and is appreciated a lot by tourists due to its historical significance. It was used as the reception venue for Napoleon and his troops, when the city was taken over in 1808. A large part of the Dam Square (De Dam) is dominated by the Royal Palace, which was used as town hall in the past. At present, the Dam Square (De Dam) is a great site for tourists to relax among hundreds of pigeons flocking the area.
Amsterdam is often referred to as the ‘Venice of North’ due to the large number of Canals present here. Thus, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride across its beautiful canals. It could be a great way to relax during the day, as well as a wonderful idea for a romantic date during the night, with all bridges and houses illuminated. Some of the major canals of the city include Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Singel, and Keizersgracht.
The Leidseplein Square is one of the major sites known for its exciting nightlife. It comprises of hordes of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, and night clubs. It is one of the most colorful and vibrant areas in the city. Tourists take advantage of its open air pubs, lazing around with their drinks and enjoying the various street musicians, fire-eaters, jugglers, and other live performers.
De Wallen (Red Light District)
The De Wallen (Red Light District) in Amsterdam is also well known for obvious reasons – sex for sale, drinking, party atmosphere, and millions of people watching. It houses numerous stores selling sex toys, magazines, and hardcore videos. It is considered to be just like a sexual amusement park and is not taken seriously by the tourists. Always keep in mind the ‘no photography’ policy of the area.
Albert Cuyp market
This market is one of the busiest and well known outdoor markets in the world and attracts thousands of people throughout the year. It comprises of more than 300 shops selling all kinds of goods, such as fresh products, clothes, and everything else one can think of, that too at extremely reasonable prices.
Besides these places to visit, there are various other attractions in the city, such as its famous windmills, botanical gardens, and some great landmark hotels.
All in all, Amsterdam is a city offering relaxation, entertainment, and a chance to witness its historical wonders to all its visitors. Keep it in mind for your next vacation.
Category: Activities and Attractions in Amsterdam
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