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.
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.
Located in a former church, Paradiso is known as Amsterdam’s Pop Temple — one of Holland’s foremost live music venues.
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 Nieuwmarkt is one of Amsterdam’s most popular squares, dominated by a castle-like former city gate.
The square is lined by two dozen cafés, restaurants and coffeeshops, and has a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Damrak is the main street that leads from Amsterdam Central Station, where most tourists arrive, to Dam square in the center of the medieval town.
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.
A row of ’17th century,’ gabled buildings along a square in the center of Amsterdam is not what it seems.
Here’s the story behind the façade — and why what happened here is important for the rest of Amsterdam.
Just minutes from Amsterdam’s busy center is a tranquil waterside promenade that provides fantastic views of the river IJ.
Most guide books won’t tell you about it, but it pays to visit this ‘hidden’ spot.
One of Amsterdam’s most unique museums is the EYE Film Instituut Nederland — EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
EYE houses an internationally renowned film collection that covers the entire history of cinema.
Devoted to modern art from the mid-19th century to the present day, the Stedelijk Museum is one of the world’s leading modern art museums.
Located at what many consider to be one of the most beautiful spots in Amsterdam — the corner of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht — Café Tabac is a popular pub known for its friendly staff and customers.