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.
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’?
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.
Ask tourists what they like best about Amsterdam, and the historic belt of canals around the town’s medieval center is bound to be high on the list.
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.
‘I amsterdam’ is Amsterdam’s hugely popular marketing slogan. The set of giant letters — located at the back of the Rijksmuseum, and a stone’s throw from the Van Gogh museum — is among the most photographed of Amsterdam’s icons.
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.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District is home to a bronze statue in honor of prostitutes around the world.
Situated in front of the Old Church, the oldest building in the city, it is the first and only such monument anywhere.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands.
It is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century.
A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s only publicly accessible observation deck.
It provides spectacular, 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam and surroundings.
Plus: are you brave enough to take a ride in Europe highest swingset? You’ll swing right over the edge, 20 stories above the ground!
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.