10 Best Attractions In AmsterdamAugust 5, 2011 No Comments
10 Best Attractions in Amsterdam - Undoubtedly one of the jewels of EuropeMust Try Greek Foods and Drinks!. Read more ... », Amsterdam, the capital of NetherlandsBest Gardens in The World. Read more ... », impresses the world with its architectures, lovely canals crisscrossing the city, friendly people and great shopping places. It’s a guarantee you won’t have dull moment in Amsterdam since there are so many attractions for tourists. Below are 10 of the best attractions in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam canal ring
A first visit to Amsterdam should be to the symbol of the city. Amsterdam canal ring is formed by five major concentric canals of the Old Centre, the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht, the Prisengracht, and the Singelracht. It was built during the Golden Age of 17th century, comprises a network of intersecting waterways. The city of Amsterdam is encircled by these 165 canals and crisscrossed by bridges. To enjoy the trip of the canals, you can take a walk through these canal streets, rent a bicycle (available anywhere) or (even better) by taking a boat trip to explore the Venice of The North. In August 2010, Amsterdam’s canal ring has been added to the list of World Heritage Site. The city of Amsterdam does its best efforts to provide good maintaining and protecting the canals, that’ what makes it one of the best attractions in Amsterdam!.
Blauwbrug (literally means blue bridge) is a historic bridge built connecting Rembrandtplein area to Waterlooplein area. Back in the late 1600s, the bridge was built from wooden and blue-painted, hence the name blue bridge. But then in the late 1800s, the blue bridge was no longer existing and replaced by a new bridge while still keeping the same name. The new bridge architecture was inspired by the bridge spanning over Seine River in Paris10 of Most Beautiful Fountains in Europe Which Will Make You Go Wow. Read more ... ».
De Gooyer Windmill
We already know that The Netherlands is famous for its windmills. Today there is only handful of windmills remaining in Amsterdam. To see what’s left from the windmills, you can go to De Gooyer Windmill (or sometimes called Funenmolen), an 18th-century grain windmill which were renovated in 1925 and now become a private residence. You cannot take a tour inside the residence, but taking photographs in front of it will certainly be a good proof that you visited Amsterdam.
Come to Rijksmuseum, the largest museumPlace of The Day: Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Museum), Istanbul, Turkey. Read more ... » in the Netherlands which features amazing selections of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. The museum has collections of masterworks from Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen. Starting from 2003, the museum has been reconstructed and the project will end in 2012/2013. During the reconstruction, you can enjoy the smaller exhibition called “The Masterpieces”. It opens daily from 9 AM to 6 PM and limited to only 650 visitors due to very limited space.
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum is a home for Van Gogh’s 200 paintings and 550 sketches, located near Rijksmuseum. Other than Van Gogh’s collection, extensive exhibitions of various subjects from 19th century art history are held here. Van Gogh is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Begijnhof is an old house built in 1400s as a sanctuary for the Begijntjes, a Catholic sisterhood who lived like nuns (but no monastic vows taken). The house is very clean, well-kept and surrounded by beautiful garden and lawn. The house is now still occupied by single women and is open daily for public from 9 AM to 1 PM. Close to the house, you can go to Civic Guards Gallery.
Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)
Schuttersgalerij is a place you can see old paintings from Dutch Golden Age. The collections are portraits of wealthy Amsterdam people who are part of Civic Guard, an upper social class. The members used to meet up to chat, drink, practice their shooting skills or organize charitable events. Each year, the citizens involved in Civic Guard would pay a high price for their portraits to be painted by famous artists. Since only the wealthy people who could afford for this, the paintings displayed are showing wealthy citizens in 17th century. Good thing is that it’s free from admission fee!
Anne Frank Huis
The Anna Frank House is a museum built for Anne Frank, her family and friends who were hiding from Nazis from 1942-1945. The museum displays evidences of human survival of Holocaust tragedy. Here you can see extensive collection of original documents (photographs, letters, objects, official forms, etc) belonging to those people hiding in the room during that period. The most famous document is Anne Frank’s diary.
De Oude Kerk
De Oude Kerk (or The Old Church) is a big and monumental Protestant church originally built for a place of worship for Catholics. The church is dominating over Amsterdam Red Light District, an area for sex-oriented businesses which is why contrast could not be bigger than here. The building has a style of Gothic-renaissance with octagonal bell tower, high windows with full of lights, and old granite gravestones on its floor. There is a 17th-century grand organ, smaller transept organ and modern cabinet organ in the church. Throughout summer, there are series of concerts of organ music held by the church, as well as The International Organ Festival. When you visit here, go to the tower to view magnificent Amsterdam from above.
Always packed with locals and tourists coming days and nights, Damsquare is a square built in the 13th century in order to prevent Zuiderzee Sea from swarming the city. The square is packed with food stalls, shops, cafés and bars, a place where you can find almost anything during your visit. In summer, street performers and mimers are entertaining people who pass by the square while in spring there may be a carnival with Ferris wheel. There are more attractions in the square you can visit, for example the Royal Palace of Dutch (Koninklijk Palace), National Memorial Statue, Madame Tussauds, Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and Beurs Van Berlage.
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