When it comes to popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam is certainly unique. Despite the fact that there are thousands of tourists here every day, the daily life in Amsterdam retains its authenticity. Sit in one of the many cafes or stroll along the canal streets, and you will be able to observe it for yourself. Even though many people know Amsterdam for the Red Light District and some of the other things that you can do here, we want to make sure that you explore the cultural side of this amazing city as well. Because Amsterdam has so much more to offer.
The Rijksmuseum is both the most attractive and the largest museum in the Netherlands. Each year, this museum draws in more than one million visitors. After having been renovated for almost a decade, the museum reopened back in 2013. There are some spectacular Dutch Golden Age masterpieces in the collection here. Some of the most iconic pieces here include Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.
Van Gogh Museum
It would be rather strange if one of the (if not the) most famous painters to have ever been born in the Netherlands did not get its own museum in Amsterdam. It is the largest collection of Van Gogh works in the world, with more than 550 sketches and some 200 paintings that can be found here. The core of the museum’s collection is comprised by selected works from contemporaries and friends and hundreds of letters written by Van Gogh himself.
The Anne Frank House
Right in the heart of Amsterdam, you are able to find the Anne Frank House. This was the place where Anne Frank hid and wrote her famous diary during World War II. The hauntingly empty rooms that you can see in the hidden annex are certainly going to leave an impression – especially if you consider that these tiny rooms were home to two different families for more than two years. One of the most important pieces of the Anne Frank House’s permanent exhibition is the original of the diary that you can find on display here.
The Magere Brug
De Magere Brug (which translates into “Skinny Bridge”) connects both sides of the Amstel with a traditional double-leaf Dutch drawbridge. The bridge opens about every 20 minutes, because the bridge master has to let the waiting boats through. The original bridge was built back in 1670, and it certainly has not changed much since then.
The Oude Kerk
De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) is a massive protestant church that has little houses clinging to its side. Because it is in the heart of the frenetic Red Light District, it remains a calm, collected place in an otherwise busy area. It has a spectacular Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower that was once used to make sure that sailors knew where they were in Amsterdam. An evening stroll alongside the area of the church might be interesting, but remember that this should be adults only.
The National Maritime Museum – Het Scheepvaart Museum
This has become a rather appealing place to visit after its renovation was completed. The museum is home to a vast collection of fine paintings, remarkable ship models, old maps, and modern multimedia attractions. To top it all off, there is a massive 17th century sail ship here as well. You are able to appreciate the history of the Netherlands through this enjoyable, colorful museum. You will discover why this tiny nation was once considered a leading force on the open waters.
The Amsterdam canal ring
The old city center of Amsterdam is formed with canal rings – this gives you a feeling of peace, freedom, and space. Make sure that you explore these canal streets on foot, or better yet, make sure that that you take one of the many different scenic tours and see them up close. No matter how you are going to explore the city, you are going to be amazed at how much of a history documentary Amsterdam actually looks like.
Staying in Amsterdam in luxury
If you are going to stay in Amsterdam, you want to make sure that you are comfortable. If you are going to spend money on an actual trip to Europe, make sure that you are staying in the best hotels as well. Located along the Amstel River, you can find the luxurious accommodations offered by De L’Europe Amsterdam. It offers convenient access to many of Amsterdam’s points of interest and several of the world’s most heralded museums.
The hotel is also home to “Bord’Eau” Restaurant Gastronomique, a restaurant with no fewer than two Michelin stars awarded. It also has a private wine cellar and “Freddy’s Bar,” Amsterdam’s iconic brown bar. It does not get better than De L’Europe Amsterdam if you refuse to compromise on quality.