Category: What to See
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.
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.
It is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, attracting 2.1 million visitors in 2016 — a historical record. Note: that’s just 100.000 fewer guests than the nearby Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ most popular museum.
Learn how to avoid the busiests 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: ‘The Dutch in Paris — 1789-1914.’
By the way, do you know how the Dutch pronounce ‘Vincent van Gogh’?
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 renewal work, from Monday, October 16, 2017 through mid-January 2018, all visitors must purchase an online ticket (with a time slot) in advance.
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.
The Night Watch is Rembrandt’s most popular painting. But its real name is different, and the scene painted actually took place during the day.
Opening May 14, 2016, A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s only publicly accessible observation deck.
You’ll have fantastic, 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam and surroundings.
Plug: are you brave enough to take a ride in Europe highest swingset?
Updated! Europe’s highest set of swings — right atop the A’DAM Lookout’s skydeck — will open on August 26.
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.
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.
After an extensive renovation, that took much longer than planned, the museum will re-open in September, 2012.
More than twenty years since its creation, The Hoerengracht — and artistic interpretation of Amsterdam’s Red Light District — makes its first appearance in the city.
The installation can be viewed through the end of August 2010 at the Amsterdam Historical Museum.