Category: Neighborhoods

Though Amsterdam is a relatively small city, it has many distinctive neighborhoods, each with their own look, character, and pace.

Most tourists remain in the center of town, though many also visit a section of the Old South neighborhood, where the Vondelpark and the Museum Quarter are located.

Savvy tourists also explore the other parts of Amsterdam.

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam’s most popular museum

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

With 2.26 million visitors in 2017, it is not only Amsterdam’s most popular museum — but also the most visited museum in the Netherlands.

We’ll show you how to avoid the busiest days and times, where to buy Skip-the-line tickets, and how to get there.

Also: details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh & Japan

By the way, do you know how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’?

Begijnhof – Amsterdam Beguinage

Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Even taking into account the effects of mass tourism, the Begijnhof remains for the most part a haven of peace and tranquility in the busy center of medieval Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House – one of Amsterdam’s top 3 museums

The Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.

A new ticket & entry system has significantly reduced the legendary ‘eternal’ queues . However, visiting the museum takes some planning.

We explain the ticket & entry system, alert you to the busiest times, and have a serious warning about where not to get tickets. Important: Due to renovation work, through May 1, 2018, all visitors must purchase an online ticket (with a time slot) in advance. No tickets will be available at the ticket office.

Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station is the hub of city. It faces the center of town, and all the top attractions are within easy reach by public transport — bus, tram, and metro. Some sights are actually within walking distance

The taxi rank is at the back of the station. Upstairs — on the same level as the train tracks — is a bus terminal that provides fantastic panoramic views of the river IJ. The blue and white ferries you see there will ferry you across the river for free.

Westertoren

The Westerkerk is Amsterdam’s — and indeed Holland’s — most famous church. At its completion, in 1631, it was the largest Protestant church in the world.

Crooners have written countless songs about the Westerkerk and its tower. Anne Frank and her family described hearing its bells from their hiding place. The painter Rembrandt van Rijn is buried in the church.

One of the city’s most photographed monuments.