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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).
! While cannabis is decriminalized in the Netherlands, it’s important to note that regulations and policies surrounding its use have evolved in recent years.
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Anne Frank House: This historic house (map) is where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. It has been preserved as a museum, providing insight into Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust.
Van Gogh Museum: Dedicated to the works of the renowned Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, this museum houses (map) a vast collection of his paintings, drawings, and letters. It offers a comprehensive view of his artistic journey.
Rijksmuseum: The Rijksmuseum (map) is one of the world’s most important art museums, showcasing Dutch art and history. It features masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
Vondelpark: Amsterdam’s largest and most famous park, Vondelpark (map), is a beautiful green oasis in the city. It’s perfect for leisurely walks, picnics, cycling, and people-watching.
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.
Jordaan: This charming neighborhood (map) is known for its narrow streets, art galleries, and boutique shops. It offers a more laid-back atmosphere compared to the city center and is a great place to explore.
Heineken Experience: Beer enthusiasts will enjoy the Heineken Experience (map), a former brewery turned interactive museum. Learn about the history of Heineken and enjoy beer tastings and interactive exhibits.
Red Light District: Amsterdam’s Red Light District (map) is a unique area famous for its legal prostitution and coffee shops. It’s worth visiting for its vibrant nightlife, historic architecture, and eclectic atmosphere.
Museumplein: Located (map) near the Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein is a cultural hub that houses several important museums, including the Stedelijk Museum (modern and contemporary art) and the Moco Museum (modern and street art).
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.
#1 The Hague
The heart of the city contains most of the historic architecture from the medieval, renaissance, and Baroque periods and is easily accessible on foot.
#2 Visit Haarlem
Haarlem, located just 20 km from Amsterdam. It proudly showcases a magnificent old center adorned with numerous monumental buildings.
• Public transport.
Information about all types of public transport.
Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB)
9292.nl – you can plan all your trips with the train, bus, metro, tram, and ferry.
All public transport in the Netherlands (buses, trams, metros and trains) use contactless smart cards called ⇒ OV-chipkaart
⇒ Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around Amsterdam (iamsterdam.com) • Traffic and transport (amsterdam.nl) • Public transport in the Netherlands (holland.com)
BUS: GVB • Connexxion • EBS // Flixbus • Connexxion• Arriva • Qbuzz
TRAIN: Amsterdam Centraal (map). Information about trains can be found at the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) + NS — International App, which includes a trip planner which uses the latest information about train delays and detours.
AIRPORT: Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Amsterdam. It’s a point of interest in itself, being 4 metres below mean sea level.
FERRY: Map of Amsterdam ferry routes. Waterbus Rotterdam & Dordrecht ⇒ waterbus.nl + AFerry.co.uk.
CYCLING: routiq.com – Route planner. The best online routeplanner for cyclists can be found at a wikiplanner made by volunteers of the Dutch cyclist union “Fietsersbond”.
Discover the Amsterdam Area | I amsterdam.
There are many reasons to explore beyond the city borders, and these are the very best. Find shopping spots, restaurant recommendations and unmissable experiences that lie in the greater Amsterdam Area.
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• Useful websites.
Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.