Amsterdam, a charming city that combines avant-garde and ancient styles, is an attractive combination. You can feel a million miles away from the bustling nightlife if you take a stroll along the cobbled streets of serene canals.
1. Anne Frank’s House
Anne Frank’s home, located close to the Square, is a reminder of Nazi occupation during World War II. You can find her famous diary here. It gets quite busy during the tourist season.
2. Vondelpark Summer
The summer festival features open-air theatre, cabaret, and theatre performances. It is held from June to August. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.
Some of the finest historical art is housed in the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt’s masterpiece is perhaps the most well-known. Vermeer and Frans Hals are also prominently featured. You can also see beautiful examples of porcelain dolls and dolls houses.
4. Dam Square
Dam Square, which is located on the site where the original Amstel dam was built, is the city’s heart. The Royal Palace is the focal point of the Square. It was originally a town hall. However, it became regal after Louis Napoleon’s 1808 coronation.
5. Dutch Clogs
It is impossible to visit Holland without trying on their famous wooden shoes. Delft pottery and Dutch dolls are other iconic souvenirs. Also very popular are cheese and famous windmills.
6. Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is another excellent example of fine art. The Van Gogh Museum houses several of his most important pieces and is the home of the most extensive collection of his work anywhere in the world.
7. Grand Cafes
The famous cafes of Amsterdam are scattered all over the city. Enjoy a well-deserved break to try the local erwtensoep while you wet your whistle.
8. Queen’s Day
Queen’s Day, which celebrates all things gay and lesbian, is a sight to behold. As the whole world’s gay population descends upon Amsterdam, music is heard from all corners.
9. Albert Cuypmarkt
The Albert Cuypmarkt has everything you need to shop if you feel the urge to. This shopping area is a great place to get your credit card fix.
10. Holland Festival
The Dutch enjoy their festivals; it is the largest annual arts event in the country, and it continues for three weeks during June.