Museumplein,the Museum Quarter is the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam, with its world-class art museums such as:
the Rijksmuseum, holds the country's largest collection of old Masters art and artefacts, including 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers.
the Stedelijk museum of and contemporary art, with an extraordinary pre-war collection that includes works by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, plus a collection of paintings and drawings by Malevich. Post-1945 artists represented include De Kooning, Newman, Ryman, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Nauman, Middleton, Kounellis...
the Van Gogh Museum, reflecting 200 paintings and 500 drawings of Vincent Van Gogh.
the Amsterdam Museum (formerly the Amsterdam Historisch Museum), which maps the last eight centuries of urban evolution using quirky found objects like 700-year-old shoes.
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ('Our Lord in the Attic’) a charming hidden church in the Red Light District that has been recently restored to its 17th century glory.
The Joods Historisch Museum in the old Jewish quarter. Housed in four former synagogues, it's crammed with photos, painting and artefacts exploring the history of Judaism in the Netherlands.
The Anne Frank House, whose rooms still breathe the atmosphere of the World War II, makes you reflect on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people. Quotations from the diary, historical documents, photographs, film images, and original objects that belonged to the family in hiding and the helpers, illustrate the events that took place here.
The Stadsarchief, Amsterdam City’s Archives, is an ideal place to learn about the history of the city.
The famous flowermarket,“the Bloemenmarkt”, a unique floating flower marketis the most famous place to buy tulips. Other famous markets are: Albert Cuyp markt in De Pijp for grocery shopping, Waterlooplein flea market - where you'll find everything from antiques to vintage; for something more contemporary, check out Moderne Hippies.
Dam Square or Dam is a town square, notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country.
the Vondelpark, the largest green space in Amsterdam and kind of a cultural hub, with a number of sculptures including one by Picasso, and an open-theater, the park gathers people for numerous activities.
Amsterdam’s Canal Belt(Unesco protected)crossed by bridges, where 165 canals encircle the city and keep the sea at bay.Floating along the canals by guided boat tour is a great way to see the city by good weather, and traditionally in winter, the frozen canals provide a playground for ice-skating locals.
The Leidseplein is a square in central Amsterdam. It is one of the busiest centers for nightlife in the city. With hundreds of restaurants, bars, pubs, coffee shops and popular clubs like the Melkweg and Paradiso as well as cinemas and theatres; the Leidseplein area is one of Amsterdam's most popular centers for nightlife.
The Royal Palace, opened as a town hall in 1655, this building became a palace in the 19th century. The interiors gleam, especially the marble work – at its best in a floor inlaid with maps of the world in the great burgerzaal (citizens’ hall), which occupies the heart of the building.
The Red Light District (known locally as De Wallen), sited in an approximate triangle formed by Central Station, Nieuwmarkt and the Dam, is at the very root of the city's international notoriety. People here can enjoy a concentration of coffee shops, sex-shops, window-shopping, live exhibits and taking in the history of the area at the Erotic Museum or Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum.
The Condomerie, a place in between a shop and a museum, perfectly positioned for the Red Light District, this boutique sells condoms in every imaginable size, color, flavor and design (horned devils, marijuana leaves, Delftware tiles…), along with lubricants and saucy gifts. NieuweKerkis 15th-century, late-Gothic basilica – a historic stage for Dutch coronations.