Amsterdam is a museum lover’s paradise! Three of the city’s most notable art temples are located in the Museum District, with many others scattered throughout the city.
Rijksmuseum: The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands’ most prestigious museum of Dutch national art, featuring paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh. It reopened in 2013 following a 10-year refurbishment.
Stedelijk: Modern art enthusiasts will be enthralled by the international collection at Stedelijk, a modern museum that resembles a large bathtub from the exterior.
Van Gogh Museum: This museum, which houses the artist’s most prominent art pieces, is a must-see for fans of the Dutch Post-Impressionist master.
Rembrandt House Museum: Visit this museum, a reproduction of Rembrandt’s chambers and workshop, to see where the famous Dutch painter lived from 1639 to 1660.
Do you want to try some Dutch cuisine? Try some of these well-known snacks and cuisines! You can sample all Dutch delicacies to your heart’s delight in Amsterdam.
Poffertjes: The quintessential Dutch sweet delight is these pillowy bite-sized pancakes. These exquisite tiny morsels are made in specially designed poffertjes pans and served with powdered sugar and butter.
Bitterballen: Despite its name, these fried goodness balls are savory fried gravy! They’re a favorite bar snack that goes great with a cool drink.
Stamppot: This is the epitome of Dutch comfort cuisine. Stamppot is a hearty potato, carrot, and onion mash with sausage and meatballs served with sausage and meatballs.
Stroopwafel: The most well-known of Dutch sweets, a stroopwafel is a chewy waffle created from two thin layers of batter pushed together in a waffle iron and filled with either a gooey caramel or syrup.
The Netherlands, the world’s largest exporter of beer, will not disappoint beer enthusiasts. Visit the Heineken Experience, an interactive tour inside the former brewery in Amsterdam, to learn more about the well-known lager.
Amsterdam is known as the “Venice of the North” for a reason: it has 165 canals covering more than 60 miles (as well as 1281 bridges, which is three times the number of bridges in Venice!) The canal ring was built in the 17th century when Amsterdam was a tiny fishing village designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. It is a must-do to cruise Amsterdam’s canals, whether by own boat or a conventional canal cruise.
Gardens and Parks in Amsterdam
There are over 30 parks in Amsterdam, making it relatively easy to get some calm in the bustling capital.
Hortus Botanicus: Founded in 1683 as a therapeutic herb garden, Hortus Botanicus is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. It now has a unique collection of approximately 4,000 plant species.
Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest park located near the Museum District. The park, popular with both tourists and locals, hosts free summer concerts at its open-air theater and offers plenty of open green space for a picnic.
Sarphatipark: Located just around the corner from the bustling Albert Cuyp Market, this small green oasis is ideal for taking a break or watching people.
Culture & History of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is brimming with historical and cultural attractions, from busy Dam Square to legendary street markets.
Dam Plaza is a popular gathering spot for locals, tourists, and everyone in Amsterdam’s primary public square, which is flanked by the Royal Palace.
Anne Frank House: No journey to Amsterdam is complete without stopping at the Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to the Jewish diarist’s story.
Climb the 278-foot spire of the Westerkerk, a Renaissance-era Protestant church where Rembrandt is buried, for spectacular views of Amsterdam.
The Royal Palace, which was built in 1808 and is open to the public when it is not in use, is the home of the Dutch Royal family.
Albert Cuyp Market: This renowned street market, open six days a week and opened in 1905, is an excellent place to learn about Dutch culture and sample Dutch cuisine.