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Travel to Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. With its universities, academies, and research institutes, along with more than 40 museums, numerous theaters, and entertainment venues, Amsterdam is the country's leading cultural center. In addition, the city is famous for its historic homes, laid out in a pattern of concentric segments in the shape of a fan and built on piles driven through an upper layer of mud into the firm, sandy bottom up to 18 meters below. All told, some 6,750 buildings dating from the 16th to 18th centuries are crowded into an area of 2,000 acres, dissected by 160 canals (grachten), themselves home to numerous houseboats. Many picturesque bridges link the city's 90 islands, eight of them old wooden bascule bridges, including the Magere Brug (Mager Bridge), one of the city's most frequently photographed.

Here are top tourist attractions in Amsterdam

Oude Kerk

This old church with little houses clinging to its sides, remains a calm heaven at the heart of the freneric Red Light District. Its buildings, especially the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, was used by sailors to get their bearings.

Begijnhof

A narrow, vaulted passageway leads to this charming garden surrounded by old houses. Begijnhof belongs to the more poetic Amsterdam attractions. The houses in the courtyard were once occupied by devout celibate Béguine nuns and are still home to single women today. In the centre of the lawns is a medieval church and at No.34 stands the oldest house in Amsterdam. The entrance is on the Spui and is indicated by a carved sign. Entry is free, but you must be quiet!

The Rijksmuseum

One of Amsterdam's most popular attractions - and certainly its most important art repository - the Rijksmuseum was founded in 1809 to house the country's huge collection of rare art and antiquities. The museum's impressive collection includes some seven million works of art, among them more than 5,000 important paintings spread across 250 rooms of this sprawling building. In addition to its paintings, the Rijksmuseum boasts a well-stocked library of more than 35,000 books and manuscripts, as well as numerous fascinating displays dealing with the development of art and culture in the Netherlands. Of special note are its collections of traditional handicrafts, medieval sculpture, and modern art styles. A variety of themed English language guided tours are available. For a special experience, try the fun art history canal cruise taking in many of the sites represented in the Rijksmuseum's collections.

The Royal Palace

Formerly the Town Hall, the Royal Palace serves as the King's residence when he's in the city. Its construction was a monumental task when started in 1648 and required the sinking of 13,659 piles to support the mammoth structure. Based upon the architecture of ancient Rome, the exterior is strictly classical, while the interior is magnificently furnished, its apartments decorated with a wealth of reliefs, ornamentation, marble sculptures, and friezes, along with ceiling-paintings by Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, pupils of Rembrandt. Other highlights include one of the finest furniture collections in the world; the City Treasurer's room with its marble fireplace and ceiling paintings by Cornelius Holsteyn; and the Hall of the Aldermen, also containing paintings by Bol and Flinck. The largest and most important room is the Council Hall, sumptuously decorated and one of the most beautiful staterooms in Europe.

The Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam, almost 19 kilometers from the open sea on a former bay named the IJ, is unaffected by tidal activity and remains a busy harbor. From here, regular passenger and freight services head up the Rhine to cities such as Dusseldorf, Koblenz, and Basel. The port installations were built in 1872 in conjunction with the construction of the North Sea Canal, the objective being to restore the former importance of the capital city, which was being overtaken by Rotterdam. It's well worth spending a pleasant hour or two joining a cruise around the harbor and canals, especially in the evening when the houses and bridges are illuminated.

 

Success stories

Rving Bee

Jan 02 at 14:53 pm
this is my City i love Netherlands people are.awesome.and there is so many things to visit you should try

Kate Carolan

Nov 21 at 17:40 pm
Went to Amsterdam. went on a boat.

Camille Drnt

May 06 at 22:22 pm
Avec Mom Emma et Vero

Belinda White

Feb 16 at 09:27 am
Travelled there but was a short trip.. want more time to explore!

Emily Diamond

Nov 15 at 15:06 pm
red light district tour and street walking and gallery visits

Chantal Groeneveld

Nov 07 at 22:09 pm
Niks bijzonders

Natalia Uscategui

Jun 18 at 01:57 am
With Ef college break in 2016

Mane Papyan

Jun 10 at 03:24 am
Great experience

Bucketlist127 User

May 10 at 00:56 am
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Vanja Brakel

Apr 29 at 23:12 pm
on my own

Fabiana van der Heiden

Apr 24 at 21:56 pm
Every year...

ayla bakker

Mar 30 at 19:51 pm
This was I think the fifth time I visited Amsterdam

Pilar Uría

Mar 20 at 17:27 pm
For Dodis 21st

Lizzie Whalen

Mar 20 at 15:12 pm
what a messy 21st need to go back and see the culture

Tamara Berends

Mar 13 at 01:48 am
Great city.

London Leopard

Mar 12 at 09:10 am
I have been there twice with friends. would love to do a third and final solo trip

Shannon Frederick

Mar 08 at 03:08 am
topdeck

Hope Violet

Feb 16 at 20:08 pm
Yay!!

Juliette Malfoy

Jan 29 at 10:28 am
I want to go back

Laila van Pelt

Jan 24 at 19:22 pm
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Louise

Jan 18 at 15:06 pm
Great time!

Jingru Wang

Jan 01 at 23:13 pm
With wang Yujue 12.2015

Bambi Traoré

Dec 31 at 03:05 am
Troppen Museum Croisière en bateau Churros / Topping / Pasta

Linda Svensson

Dec 23 at 15:51 pm
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