See and Do

From the Royal Palace on Dam Square to peaceful Begijnhof and from the floating Flower Market to Skinny Bridge, every nook and corner in Amsterdam is worth checking out. There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam that one weekend may not be enough.

Wander along romantic canals. Rent a bike. Climb the tower of Westerkerk. Whatever you do, always look high up to discover the most beautiful details decorating the gabled house fronts. Follow the crowd and without consulting your city map you will arrive at the Red Light District. Be sure to go Dutch and rent a bike and pedal your way through the city. And don’t forget to take a selfie on Skinny Bridge before leaving Amsterdam.

Peaceful Oasis in Bustling Amsterdam

Tucked away behind Kalverstraat, you will find Begijnhof, Beguine Court, a green space that offers a welcome break from Amsterdam’s people-packed streets. Sneak into this haven of rest through a little gateway on Spui or go to the main entrance on Gedempte...

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Dam Square and the National Monument

Dam Square is at the very heart of Amsterdam. The National Monument is right in the middle of this vast square that buzzes with activity all year round. In spring, the fun fair attracts locals and tourists with its Ferris wheel. In summer, street entertainers and...

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Westerkerk and Anne Frank

Late 16th and early 17th century Amsterdam expanded. Homes along the newly dug canals were built for the growing population of Amsterdam. Not only houses were needed also churches. Westerkerk became the showcase Protestant church for wealthy Amsterdam citizens who...

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Skinny Bridge Famous Bridge in Amsterdam

Skinny Bridge is one of the 1,200 bridges that span the canals that crisscross Amsterdam. Some are simply a means to cross the water, others are picturesque or true feats of engineering. Many are illuminated at night and offer a romantic backdrop. Magere Brug or...

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Peaceful Oasis in Bustling Amsterdam

Tucked away behind Kalverstraat, you will find Begijnhof, Beguine Court, a green space that offers a welcome break from Amsterdam’s people-packed streets. Sneak into this haven of rest through a little gateway on Spui or go to the main entrance on Gedempte...

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Dam Square and the National Monument

Dam Square is at the very heart of Amsterdam. The National Monument is right in the middle of this vast square that buzzes with activity all year round. In spring, the fun fair attracts locals and tourists with its Ferris wheel. In summer, street entertainers and...

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Museum Quarter and the Big Three

Museum Quarter houses Amsterdam big three – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art – showcasing the brilliance of Dutch masters, modern art and impressionists. Add Amsterdam Concert Hall, throw in a high-end shopping street or two and you have...

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Buddhist Temple in Amsterdam

The Fo Guang Shan He Hwa Temple in Amsterdam Chinatown is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe and built in traditional Chinese style. This Buddhist Temple is locally known as the Zeedijk Tempel. Zeedijk is the name of the street where you can find this temple. The...

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Canal House for Rich Merchants

Canal houses were once the homes of wealthy Amsterdam merchants. Today, these houses are offices, museums and sometimes hotels. Bartolotti House is one of these eye-catching canal houses in Amsterdam. This mansion is not open to the public; only its exterior can be...

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Westerkerk and Anne Frank

Late 16th and early 17th century Amsterdam expanded. Homes along the newly dug canals were built for the growing population of Amsterdam. Not only houses were needed also churches. Westerkerk became the showcase Protestant church for wealthy Amsterdam citizens who...

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Bridge of Fifteen Bridges

Amsterdam is the city of gabled buildings, tranquil canals and 'bridge of fifteen bridges'. Canals and waterways crisscross the historic centre. Working barges sail past. Houseboats festooned with flower boxes bob at their moorings. A couple reclining in a dinghy,...

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A Palace without Royals

Take the number of days in a year (365). Put one before and nine after it (1 365 9) and you will know how many wooden piles were rammed deep into the soggy soil of Amsterdam to prevent the Royal Palace at Dam Square from collapsing. Royal Palace is a misnomer because...

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Amsterdam Honours Anne Frank

Amsterdam honours Anne Frank with two statues. The first shows Anne Frank when she is about ten years old. The second shows Anne on her way to the hiding place of the Frank Family during the Second World War. She describes in her diary in minute detail what she was...

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Skinny Bridge Famous Bridge in Amsterdam

Skinny Bridge is one of the 1,200 bridges that span the canals that crisscross Amsterdam. Some are simply a means to cross the water, others are picturesque or true feats of engineering. Many are illuminated at night and offer a romantic backdrop. Magere Brug or...

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Beurs van Berlage

When walking down Damrak from Centraal Station to Dam Square in Amsterdam, you pass a wine-red brick building, not very elegant, not very inspiring. This building is the Beurs van Berlage, the former Commodity Exchange. Built on reclaimed land, supported by wooden...

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The Oldest Church in Amsterdam

The Oude Kerk stands right in the middle of the historic centre of Amsterdam. Dating back to the thirteenth century, this church is both the oldest building and the oldest church in Amsterdam. The Oude Kerk is noteworthy for its wooden vaulted ceiling and the...

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ArenA Stadium Tour

The ArenA Stadium in Amsterdam is the home of AFC Ajax, the city's celebrated home football team. Join the 53,502 devoted fans to see a match or if you can't make it, take a guided tour of the Netherland's largest stadium. Better yet, do both! The ArenA stadium is not...

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Amsterdam Holland Pass

The Amsterdam Holland Pass is your ticket to hassle-free Amsterdam, a must-have for visitors who like to enjoy Amsterdam to the full: a guide book, a free ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus is included and queueing for the popular museums is history. Take your pick...

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The Golden Bend where Wealthy Merchants Lived

The most coveted canal houses in Amsterdam are the mansions clustered around the Gouden Bocht – the Golden Bend. This curve of Herengracht between Spiegelstraat and Vijzelstraat is the stretch where, in the 17th century, wealthy merchants built their lavish homes....

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Guided Bike Tour in Amsterdam

Rent a bike in Amsterdam. It is a bike-friendly city, not only because it is a compact city but also because of the bike lanes and the absence of elevations. The only hurdles are steep bridges and traffic humps. And what about head winds and downpours? Forget about...

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Jenever Tasting in the House of Bols

The House of Bols in Amsterdam takes you on a tour through 'The World of Flavour'. This interactive trip ends with sipping a cocktail of your choice. You will also learn how to intensify your taste, to refine your smell, mix cocktails and be a bartender for a short...

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Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon is not for the weak-hearted. Step back into the darkest times and be part of the city's blood curdling history. Take part in a gruesome show of 80 minutes and walk through 500 years of creepy history. Will you escape by the skin of your teeth or are...

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Neat Gables and Handsome Warehouses

The rows of red shuttered windows along Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam look like multi-occupancy cuckoo clocks. No wonder that Brouwersgracht, Brewers’ Canal, features in almost every Amsterdam brochure or guidebook. This canal is famous for its houseboats, gabled canal...

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