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  • 1 Historic Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Dam NL - Amsterdam

    Lying around the Dam, Amsterdam's main square, and covering the area of the medieval city as delineated in the 16C (before the cutting of the great canals to the west), the historic centre has numerous important buildings: the New Church, The Royal P..

  • 2 The Northern Canals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herengracht NL - Amsterdam

    Cut from 1586 onwards, these nobly-named canals ("Emperor's", "Prince's", "Patricians'") have majestic quaysides, bordered by narrow gabled façades, opulent patrician residences, old warehouses and houseboats. Venture in..

  • 3 The Southern Canals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Reguliersgracht NL - Amsterdam

    Traditionally the aristocratic district, this southern part of the canal belt, between the Leidsegracht and the Amstel, is more refined than the northern part but also more commercial and animated. Culture and nightlife are centred on two squares, Le..

  • 4 The Museum District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Museumplein NL - Amsterdam

    The Museumplain is the focus for the city's cultural life, boasting three of Amsterdam's greatest museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum (covering 1850 to the present day), drawing tourists from around the globe, here..

  • 5 Philips Wing: Masterpieces of the Golden Age Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1 NL - Amsterdam

    The Rijksmuseum's jewels are on the first floor: 17C portraits, still-life paintings and landscapes. Numerous works by Rembrandt include The Syndics of the Clothmakers' Guild, and The Jewish Bride; four Vermeers including Woman in Blue Reading a Lett..

  • 6 Herengracht Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1015 BK Amsterdam

    The Herengracht or Patricians' Canal is the principal of the four canals along which the wealthy merchants based themselves. The houses rival each other in decorative richness, especially when it comes to their gables.

  • 7 Beguine Community (Begijnhof) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    NL - 1012 NX Amsterdam

    Though in the centre of the city, this hofje (sanctuary) is a haven of peace. Each of its tall facades (17th and 18th Centuries) is fronted by a little garden, and the whole is organised around an open space and the ancient church of the Beguines (a ..

  • 8 Rijksmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1 NL - 1071 ZD Amsterdam

    Established by the French in The Hague in 1798, the original collection was transferred to Amsterdam in 1808 by Louis Bonaparte, who added The Night Watch by Rembrandt. The collection was initially housed in the Royal Palce and then the Trippenhuis, ..

  • 9 Van Gogh Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paulus Potterstraat 7 NL - 1071 CX Amsterdam

    Opened in 1973, this museum contains hundreds of Van Gogh's paintings, drawings and letters, through which his development can be followed from the Nuenen period (1883-1885) to the Auvers-sur-Oise period (1890). There are also some works by artists w..

  • 10 Stedelijk Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museumplein 10 NL - 1071 CX Amsterdam

    The Museum of modern art is constantly being reinvented. Its collections contain work from 1850 to the present day, from the classics of modern art like Manet, Picasso and Mondrian to the most recent developments: minimalist installations and industr..

  • 11 Musée des Tropiques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Linnaeusstraat 2 NL - 1092 CK Amsterdam

    Built in 1923 by J-J. and A.M. van Nieukerken, this museum seeks to evoke the tropical and sub-tropical cultures of Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Australasia and Latin America, using works of art, everyday objects, displays and reconstructions of li..

  • 12 Oostelijk Havengebied Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sporenburg NL - Amsterdam

    These vast expanses of reclaimed land, which until the 1970s were industrial dockyards, were in the early 1990s converted into residential areas. Contemporary interpretations of traditional local housing (Java-eiland) border its three vast residentia..

  • 13 Brewers' Canal (Brouwersgracht) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1013 GW Amsterdam

    This peaceful canal is blessed with a series of picturesque bridges. It is named for the numerous breweries that livened up its banks in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today its former warehouses, beautifully restored, have been turned into accommodati..

  • 14 Keizersgracht Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1015 CN Amsterdam

    In 1586, the authorities decided to dig a network of concentric canals (Grachtengordel) around the cramped historic centre. The Emperor's Canal was christened in honour of Maximilian I, who granted the city the right to bear his arms in 1489. The pro..

  • 15 Nieuwe Zijde Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nieuwendijk NL - 1012 LZ Amsterdam

    Built in the 15th Century at the time of the construction of the Nieuwe Kerk, this quarter is not as "new" as all that. Bordered by Spuistraat on one side and the Damrak and the Rokin on the other, the Nieuwe Zijde is criss-crossed by narro..

  • 16 Prinsengracht Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1016 GV Amsterdam

    The Prince's Canal is the longest and outermost of the canals girdling the centre of Amsterdam; it is also the least wealthy. Nevertheless, its numerous workshops and warehouses, its old churches, its house-boats and its proximity to the Jordaan make..

  • 17 Singel Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1012 VC Amsterdam

    Formerly a defensive moat, the Singel is the border between Medieval Amsterdam and the "urban" developments of the 16th Century onwards. Initially focused on the transport of goods, little by little this canal took on a residential aspect. ..

  • 18 Nieuwe Kerk Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    NL - 1012 NP Amsterdam

    As the city's population grew in the early 16C, the bishop of Utrecht authorised a second place of worship, known as the "New Church". Built in the Flamboyant Gothic style, the structure has been extensively remodelled after numerous attack..

  • 19 Historical Museum of Amsterdam Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kalverstraat 92 NL - 1012 PA Amsterdam

    Set up in a 15th Century orphanage, this modern museum uses paintings, objects, sculptures and documents to recapture the great events in Amsterdam's history. It depicts the city's illustrious inhabitants and shows the development of its society over..

  • 20 Rembrandthuis Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jodenbreestraat 4 NL - 1011 NK Amsterdam

    Situated in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, this house with its triangular pediment dated 1630 was Rembrandt's home from 1639 to 1659, and it was here that most of his masterpieces were created. The painter's studio was on the first floor. The m..

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