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.
Plus: while prostitution is a legal profession in the Netherlands, human trafficking also takes place. There is a hotline where you can report crime anonymously.
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 provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Van Gogh Dreams
And you’ll find our how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’.
2018: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.
Though the palace is at the disposal of the Royal House, most of days of the year it is open to visitors.
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.
Situated in front of the Old Church, the oldest building in the city, it is the first and only such monument anywhere.
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!
It offers an eclectic mix of music: jazz, fusion, garage, ska, latin, funk, soul… The hall has been filled with Maroccan dance music, an Elvis Presley Church Service, and even some contemporary classical music.
The square is lined by two dozen cafés, restaurants and coffeeshops, and has a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
This lively street, lined with centuries-old monuments, so-so bars, and gaudy souvenir shops, Damrak — which is in the middle of a makeover — offer a preview of what Amsterdam has to offer.