Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is an epic city with museums, cultural heritage, panoramic canal network to enjoy endless vibrant things all around the year. Also called the Venice of the North it has wonderful locations to travel by foot, bike or boat. The breathtaking architecture to art museums and thriving flea markets have an appealing element to it.
Let’s look at the best places to visit on the trip to Amsterdam –
The Canals and Waterways of Amsterdam
Recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage site, Amsterdam is filled with ports and canals stretching up to 19 kilometres, reaching the sea. The 17th-century canals on the Amstel River were made to control the water flow and get dry land to the city. A tour by boat cruises year the harbours is a great way to enjoy the beauties from Amsterdam’s Golden Age. There are many canal-side bars and cafes to enjoy and have picnics are a good way to relax and the view of the mansions with Dutch architecture lined with elm and line trees are a feast for the eyes. There are options for getting houseboats, houseboat hotels, candlelight cruises for a better relishing of the city’s 100 canals.
The Incredible Museums of Amsterdam
Amsterdam houses many museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and The Royal Concertgebouw, Museumplein and the Anne Frank Museum. Museum Square is the heart surrounded by all these places preserving the cultural heritage. Rijksmuseum is one of the most prominent ones conserving the nation’s arts and historical artefacts and archives. In Vincent Van Gogh’s museum, the largest collection of his paintings are preserved along with many drawings and letters. The former home where Anne Frank and her family hid has been turned to the Anne Frank Huis museum and is a great place to reflect on the living conditions of Jews for Nazism. A place for art enthusiasts is the Rembrandt House Museum where a lot of paintings and the history of Rembrandt can be found.
Another museum is the Scheepvaartmuseum or National Maritime Museum with artefacts regarding the nautical history of Amsterdam. The Stedelijk Museum is another gem and has many wonderful arts attractions and pieces by Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Matisse, Rothko, De Kooning etc. The EYE film museum is a ferry ride away from the IJ waterfront near Central Station is an exceptional cinema and art museum and is a great place to discover Amsterdam Noord. The Het Schip architecture museum is a great complex to spectate the Amsterdamse School Museum with many expressions buildings around with the icon as The Ship by Dutch architect Michel de Klerk. House of Bols is another museum to enjoy Dutch gin and spirit refining processes.
There are many other exotic attractions specific to Amsterdam like Vondelpark, De Oude Kerk – old Cathedral Church, Begijnhof chapel and covenant, De Hortus Botanicus – oldest botanical gardens of the world, national monument, Koninklijk Paleis, Bloemenmarkt, Westerkerk to enjoy a trip to Amsterdam. Spending a sunset at Pllek in the summers or winters is a pleasant and rejuvenating experience special to this Amsterdam.