Amsterdam has so much to offer the tourist and holiday maker alike, and many flock to the city to visit the many sites and attractions on offer in and around its streets and canals. As the Dutch capital and a major European cultural centre, Amsterdam is the home of many iconic historical and cultural locations ad has attracted many throughout the world for centuries who have come here to settle or to seek those of similar outlook.
Indeed still today, Amsterdam attracts many tourists which is why there are so many flights to Amsterdam from all over the world to the city bringing people from all over the world to the Dutch capital who seek to visit its fine attractions and sites that are fabled the world over. If you are planning to visit the city for a vacation of even a short weekend break then there are some places you should probably try to visit during your stay there.
The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in Holland and attracts more than one million tourists each year. It has some of the most famous pieces of Dutch art that have been produced by such Dutch masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals. But they also include the museum treasury and the traditional Delftware.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum has 200 paintings and 550 sketches giving a comprehensive study of the artistic career of Van Gogh. Combined with hundreds of letters written by the artist and selected artistic works by his friends and contemporaries. It is an extremely popular place to visit so make sure you get there early to avoid the queues.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is located in the centre of Amsterdam and is the former hiding place of Anne Frank, her family and friends who hid from invading Nazi Germany in order to not be sent to concentration camps. The house is now a popular museum which chronicles the story of Anne Frank and details what life was like for the two families that lived in hiding there. You can also view the original diary of Anne Frank which is on display in an exhibition.
Tour the canals
Because of the sheer number of canals in Amsterdam, the city is known as ‘the Venice of the North’ and so you can’t not visit Amsterdam and not tour the canals on a boat cruise of some kind. The city has 100 km of canals with about 90 islands and 1500 bridges and the three main canals of the city which are the Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and the Herengracht were dug in the 17th century and encircle the city.
These are but a small number of the attractions on offer in Amsterdam to take in and enjoy, there is so much more to see and do which makes it such an interesting place to visit.