Amsterdam is known for its picturesque canals, which are part of the city’s canal ring and have earned it the nickname “Venice of the North.” The canal ring, along with the historic canal houses and charming bridges, reflects the city’s rich architectural heritage. The inner part of the city centre, the *Binnenstad, dates from medieval times. The oldest streets are the Warmoesstraat (map) and the Zeedijk (map).
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Dam Square: Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Dam Square (map) is a bustling square surrounded by historical landmarks. It’s home to the Royal Palace (map), the National Monument (map), and numerous shops, restaurants, and street performers.
Canal Ring: Amsterdam’s canal ring is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a quintessential symbol of the city. Take a canal cruise or stroll along the canals to admire the charming canal houses and picturesque bridges.
The Albert Cuyp Market (map) is the largest in Amsterdam, and the best-known street market in the country. The Waterloopleinmarkt (map) is partly a flea market, partly an alternative and second hand clothing and accessories market. It is more oriented towards tourists than to locals.
If you’re looking for authenticity, visit the Dappermarkt (map) or the Ten Katemarkt (map) in West. Both have food, households, flowers and clothing, and have a multicultural flavor.