An overview of Amsterdam
Capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is best known for its cultural delights, criss-crossing canal system and its laid back coffee shops with their famously liberal attitude. With over a million inhabitants, this Dutch gem is the country’s largest city and a financial, cultural and creative hub. Old and new effortlessly combine in this modern and liberal capital that is also home to some of the world’s most precious historic treasures. With so many places to visit in Amsterdam, let us at City Sightseeing guide you on a discovery of the very best Amsterdam attractions. Admire works of art from the world’s best. You will soon learn that masterpieces are scattered generously throughout the city. Known as the Venice of the North, be sure to explore the maze of waterways. Part of the magical feel of Amsterdam is down to its relaxed atmosphere, so leave plenty of time to simply sip on your cappuccino and watch the world go by.
Things to do
Admiring a wide range of art is one of the reasons why people visit Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum boasts the world's largest collection by the influential post-impressionist painter. The Museum het Rembrandthuis shows off paintings and etchings from one of the most significant artists in Dutch history. In contrast, you can discover modern and contemporary art and design at the Stedelijk. Experience the harrowing exhibition at Anne Frank House. Dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist, learn about her life hiding from Nazi persecution. The 13th-century Dam Square presents a bustling area in the city centre that’s jam packed with tourists and locals alike. Visit some of Amsterdam’s many 'kaas' (cheese) shops and taste some of their famous Gouda, Geitenkaas or Maasdammer. For a sweet treat try a 'stroopwafel', two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup! Don’t forget the Heineken experience that takes you on a tour through the Dutch beer giant’s history! When all that Amsterdam sightseeing tires you out, head to Vondelpark to relax in this large open green space.
Neighbourhoods in Amsterdam
The Old Centre, with its quaint medieval architecture, network of canals and cafes is home to the famous Red Light District. One of the most visited neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, where you can see everything, from the well-known Red Windows, to the oldest church in the city. Just a stone’s throw away is the Canal Ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and upmarket neighbourhood which is popular with the rich and famous. Jordaan, to the west, attracts the trendy types with its hip galleries, boutiques, restaurants and some great little markets. The neighbourhood of Plantage in the south-east of Amsterdam is great for culture vultures and offers a pleasant contrast to city life with its green leafy boulevards and elegant squares. Oosterpark, also in the south-east, has large streets with 19th-century architecture, plenty of shopping, trendy clubs and places to eat and drink; the ideal place to get a glimpse of truly diverse Amsterdam life. If you're looking to get the most out of your Amsterdam holiday, then let City Sightseeing buses be your guide.
Top tips when in Amsterdam
• Buy your Anne Frank Museum tickets online at least one month before your visit because it is one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam.
• From late March to mid-May don’t forget to visit Keukenhof, where Holland’s annual tulip festival takes place.
• Take advantage of all the free cheese samples and pick the best cheese to take back home with you!