Amsterdam is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. The limited space of the city forced urban planners to approach its planning with all responsibility. Amsterdam has a large number of canals, many of which were never completed, and in their place appeared houses, streets and squares. Many tourists come here not only to enjoy the monuments of architecture, but also visit numerous shops, cafes, coffee shops, casinos, bars and specific museums.
Top places in Amsterdam
The old city is surrounded by four semicircle canals. All canals of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO list. The Singel Canal is known for its beautiful houses built during the Golden Age. The canals of Herengracht, Keysersgracht and Prinsengracht amaze tourists with beautiful mansions. Tours of the canals of Amsterdam take place daily, they all start from the city center, but you can choose different routes.
Central Dam Square is the most famous place in Amsterdam. In the western part of the square is the Royal Palace. This is an unusually beautiful building with a rich internal architectural ornament. Next to the Royal Palace is the Nieuweckerk Church, built in the 15th century. Here is the famous Madame Tussauds, where every day there are huge lines of people wishing to see the wax figures of celebrities.
The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most famous museums. About 200 paintings and drawings of the famous painter are presented here. The exhibition is a chronology of Van Gogh’s life, where his life is told in drawings, paintings and engravings. The Stedelijk Museum contains paintings by Picasso, Casemir Malevich, Cezanne, Matisse, as well as other areas of contemporary art.
History buffs should visit the Anne Frank Memorial House, opened in 1957 and dedicated to the memory of a Jewish girl who died in a German camp. She kept a diary describing life during the occupation of Amsterdam..
Arriving in Amsterdam, many tourists seek to immediately get to the famous Red Light District, which is not at all like a street, but rather it is a whole area. This convenient place, located near the port, prostitutes have chosen in the XIV century. In the afternoon, for the first time in the Red Light District, you may not immediately notice the girls sitting in the windows, during the day they work a little, and most of the windows are curtained. But nightlife is in full swing: lights are on, music is playing, girls of different nationalities, skin color, various ages and proportions go to work. They are seductively and proudly sitting in their high chairs and inviting men and women to their rooms. However, during the day you can better see the architectural beauty of the quarter..
In the Red Light District is the Erotic Museum – one of Amsterdam’s most famous museums. He represents the erotic art of different periods and cultures. Among the exhibits of the museum: paintings, prints, statues, figures depicting various erotic scenes. Amsterdam has many similarities to the Erotic Museum. Each museum tries to attract customers with various tricks, for example, in some of them at the entrances and inside are moving figures of human height, shocking, frightening and attracting tourists..
Amsterdam’s nightlife is concentrated on Leidseplein Square. This area attracts tourists with a variety of art cafes, clubs, cinemas and shops. Street actors and musicians perform in the open until the morning. Leidseplein is home to Amsterdam’s most famous coffee shop, Bulldog Palace. At Whitburo Street Bureau you can get a complete picture of the cultural life of Amsterdam, buy tickets for concerts and theater performances.
Tourists with children, and just nature lovers should visit the Artis Royal Zoo zoo, where 6 thousand animals are collected. At the zoo you can see the botanical garden, aquarium, geological museum and just watch the life of animals.