Amsterdam has plenty of interesting places to see, such as its lovely canals, impressive architectural buildings, museums, and many other tourist attractions. As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is home to more than one million inhabitants. When visiting Amsterdam, you may still feel the 17th century atmosphere combined with modernity. That should make your trip unique and memorable. While there are a lot of places to see in Amsterdam, the following are some places you should see during your visit there.
The Dam Square
The dam square in Amsterdam is a great place to walk around and to take some pictures with nice backgrounds. Located near the Amsterdam’s Central Station, you will be amazed to find a lot of pigeons everywhere. Around the dam square you can enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace). It used to be the place where the Dutch Royal Family lived. Near the palace, there is Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, where you can see the wax figures of many famous people such as movie stars, heads of states and other legendary idols. There are various cafes, restaurants and shops in the surrounding areas where you can relax and take a rest.
The Great Shopping Street, Kalverstraat
If you want to see a great shopping street in Amsterdam, go to Kalverstraat. This busy shopping street is easily reached by walking distance from the dam square. You can find various shops in the street selling shoes, clothing, bags, jewelries, books, perfumes and many other items. You can even find a small chapel in the street! At the end of Kalverstraat there is a Flower Market, where you can see or buy all kinds of tulips and other varieties of flowers. You can also buy the bulb seeds you can plant at home.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a famous museum located in Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. There you can find an exhibition area that highlight all forms of Nazi persecutions during the Second World War. This is a place where Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, and her family hid from Nazi in 1942 - 1944. Unfortunately Anne and the other people who were hiding in this house were discovered and arrested. You can see the rooms at the Anne Frank House that still depict the atmosphere of that period. There are historical documents, photographs, and Anne’s original diary displayed in the museum.
Rijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum
There are two museums you should visit when you are in Amsterdam, Rijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. Rijk Museum is one of the most fabulous museums in the world and it has already existed for more than 200 years. One of the masterpieces you can see in Rijk Museum is “Night Watch”- a famous painting by Rembrandt. Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of famous artist Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890). Each year there are around 1.6 million people visiting Van Gogh Museum.
Visiting Amsterdam is not complete without the canal cruise. Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals and 1,500 bridges. Amsterdam’s canal ring area is recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010. You can have a canal tour during the day to see the beautiful Amsterdam monumental buildings. Alternatively, you can also have a romantic canal tour at night while enjoying the beautiful illumination from the houses and bridges dotted with lights.