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Top Attractions in amsterdam

RIJKSMUSEUM

RIJKSMUSEUM

Set in the heart of Museum Plein, the Rijksmuseum is not just considered Amsterdam’s jewel in the crown, but one of the greatest museums worldwide. Best known for its outstanding collection of 15th to 17th-century Dutch paintings, most notably those of Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Rijksmuseum has an extensive portfolio of over one million artworks and enjoys a long and distinguished history, having being founded by Louis Bonaparte, the King of Holland and brother of Napoleon, in 1808.
ANNE FRANK HUIS

ANNE FRANK HUIS

Receiving almost a million visitors a year, the Anne Frank Huis is without question an Amsterdam essential. This is the home where Anne’s family and four other Jews hid for two years during the WWII German occupation of Amsterdam before being captured and dispatched to concentration camps, where Anne later died. Haunting and incredibly moving, you’ll get to see the secret annexe where the family hid, together with photographs, books, letters and other personal documents including Anne’s fascinating diary.
DAM SQUARE

DAM SQUARE

A natural starting point on any Amsterdam itinerary, Dam Square is a popular meeting place and home to a number of well-known city landmarks in amongst the shops, cafés and restaurants. Dominating the square is the Koninklijk (Royal) Palace, no longer a royal residence but still used for official functions, opposite which is the National Monument commemorating those lost in World War II. You’ll also find here the Niewe Kerk and the sumptuous Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.
CANALS

CANALS

Whether you meander alongside them, traverse the bridges that cross them or take a cruise along their waterways, the canals of Amsterdam have for centuries been part of the city landscape and provide the most glorious backdrop to many a photograph and film. Carving up the city, the canals provide a rather serene balance to the ever-bustling tourist hotspots of Museum Plein, Dam Square and the Red Light District.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM

VAN GOGH MUSEUM

Home to the world’s largest collection of van Gogh’s masterpieces including some of his most recognisable works of art including Starry Night, The Bedroom and Sunflowers, the Van Gogh Museum provides the most fascinating overview of this intriguing artist’s work. In addition to some 200 paintings, there’s also letters, sketches, drawings and prints by van Gogh, complemented further by a number of works created by his contemporaries including Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Pissarro.
VONDELPARK

VONDELPARK

Situated just a short distance south of Leidseplein, Vondelpark, named after the 17th-century Dutch poet, is Amsterdam’s largest public garden and is a beautifully tranquil and verdant spot in which to grab a spot of respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Wander along the winding footpaths and you’ll encounter ponds, lakes, playgrounds and a teahouse dotted between the many different varieties of trees and plants, as well as regular concerts and film screenings. 
FLOWER MARKET

FLOWER MARKET

A veritable Amsterdam institution since 1862, the Bloemenmarkt represents the last of the city’s floating flower markets and today offers a colourful and beautifully fragrant sight on the Singel Canal, set close to the Mint Tower. As well as the copious arrays of pretty tulips in literally every shade you could imagine, you’ll be able to purchase bulbs, evergreens and other tropical and non-native plants here, as well as trinkets and other tourist memorabilia. 

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