Amsterdam, the capital city of Netherlands, is easily among one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Attracting over 7 million travelers from across the globe annually, Amsterdam is famous for its lovely canals, impressive architecture and more than a thousand bridges. Because of its impressive beauty, the city is also known as the Venice of the North.
Almost everyone you meet in Amsterdam is able to speak near-perfect English, in addition to their own native Dutch and sometimes French and German too. This makes it truly a world class city, rich in culture, history, nightlife and natural beauty. Here is a travel guide that lists the major attractions in Amsterdam that you must visit if you plan a trip to this enchanting city:
The Rijksmuseum is perhaps Amsterdam’s biggest and most popular museum. It boasts of a huge collection of spellbinding art and artefacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and global history. Exquisite paintings by world renowned artisits like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other Dutch greats are displayed here to mesmerize the onlookers. A must visit if you are a lover of art!
Van Gogh Museum
This modern Vincent van Gogh Museum houses around 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters of Van Gogh, effectively showing him in all his moods. You can also compare his paintings with that of other artists of the 19th century who largely inspired him. This museum has been expanded and modernized over the years, making it a must visit for tourists.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House in the heart of Amsterdam is the famous hiding place of Anne Frank and her family for over two years during World War II. She wrote her famous diary hiding in this very house. It has been converted into a museum of sorts now showing the miserable plight of the Jews during the war.
For the perfect picnic, head to the Vondelpark is the largest open area in Amsterdam and derives its name from famous poet Joost van den Vondel. This park is specially crowded in summers where people gather to have a good time in general. It is also a cultural hub of sorts dotted with many beautiful sculptures, one of which is by Picasso.
Cruise in the city’s canals
There are about 165 canals circling the city of Amsterdam and more than 1500 bridges, which is higher than the number of bridges in Venice! The most picturesque of canals is Prinsengracht, lined by shady trees and funky houseboats. Also, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city’s spellbinding attractions.
Red Light District
Now this is one thing that Amsterdam is notorious for! The entire Red Light District is lined with shops selling the most outrageous sex toys and you can easily spot prostitutes, junkies, clerics, shop owners and cops having light-hearted conversations with each other.
So if you have not already visited this enchanting city, do plan a visit soon to get lost in its mesmerizing charm and beauty.