Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world where I can visit multiple times without getting bored. The ecstatic ambiance of the canals all around the city, museums, parks, friendly people, tasty food, waffles and desserts, getting lost to explore, taking pictures here and there is what makes Amsterdam all about.
WHAT TO SEE
We have listed the 10 places you can visit on your stay.
The first thing flashes mind is Amsterdam Canals when someone mentions about Amsterdam. Surrounds city all over beautifully, one of the best thing to is to get lost while walking around canals ambiance. It’s even better if you make a canal tours that starts from in front of train station which takes about an hour and half.
At the heart of city center, one of the places you’ll surely see. It’s the most vibrant and important square of the city where you can visit touristic attractions like National Monument, Koninklijk Paleis, Madame Tussauds and Nieuwe Kerk. It’s easy to walk from here to any place you wanna go. Other than that, most of the halal restaurants are around this area.
Placed in Dam Square, Koninlijk Paleis (Kingdom Palace) is one of the most important monuments in the city. It was built as municipality building and still used by the Holland royal family for the formal ceremonies. Later transformed into a palace by King Louis Bonaparte on 1808. The seats, chandeliers, clocks and many other furniture remains from the year when Louis Napoleon who declared himself the owner of the palace on 1808.
Open from Tuesday till Sunday 12.00-17.00 July-August 11.00-17.00
Entrance Fee :7,5 Euro
Anne Frank House
You may heard the Anne Frank Diary as it was the most famous book on 20th Century, which the book worth to read before visiting this place. The Jew Anne Frank and her family hided in that house for 2 years during the World war II. Now it turned out to be museum where you can see her room, her original handwritten diary, etc.
Adress : Prinsengracht 263 , Amsterdam Access : Tramway – Dam, Raadhuisstraat: 13, 14
Working Hours : September to March : 09.00-1900 (Saturday 2100)
July- August : 1000-2200 March to September : 1900-2100 (Saturday:2200)
Entrance Fee : 9 Euro
Website : www.annefrank.org
The butter bazaar till the 19th century was called Botermarkt, today Rembrandplein taken its name on 1876 after the statue of Dutch artist took place. It is one of the most beautiful squares of Amsterdam. Surrounded by cafes all around, locals and tourists take on insterest especially it becomes more vibrant at night.
Van Hough Museum
One of the famous museums of Amsterdam, Van Hough hosts the most extensive Van Hough collection (1853-1890). The museum exhibits the artist’s paintings, artworks, letters and modern Works.
Adress : Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam
Access : Tramway line Museumplein (Gabriel Metsustraat) 16, 24; Van Baerstraat (2, 5)
Visiting Hours : Everyday 1000-1800 (Friday 1000-2200)
Website : www.vangoghmuseum.com
Although Nieuwe Kerk means ‘New Church’ , it’s the second oldest church of the city.Built on 14th century, the church renovated many times. Carving Pulpit, Barren Organ, Grave of Michiel de Ruyter are the important to see here. Nieuwe Kerk is not functioning as church but as exhibition area today. You can join to exhibitions to see the place.
Adress : Dam Square, Amsterdam
Access : Tramway – Dam 4, 9, 16, 24; Dam/Paleisstraat (14); Dam/RaadHuisstraat (1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17)
Visiting Hours : Only open during exhibitions
Madame Tussauds Museum
If you haven’t seen the The World famous museum in London-Singapore or Istanbul, it’s a high time for you to have fun. Placed at Dam Square, the waxed statues of celebrities from politicians to famous singers, artists to football players are waiting you inside. Plus you have the wonderful view of the Dam Square.
Adress : Peek & Cloppenburg Binası, Dam 20, Amsterdam
Access : Tramway : Dam: 4, 9, 16, 24; Dam/Paleisstraat:14; Dam/RaadHuisstraat: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17
Website : https://www.madametussauds.com/amsterdam/en/tickets/
Bloemenmarkt – Flower Bazaar
Founded on 1862 at Singel, between Muntplein and Koningsplain, the Bloemenmarkt is one of the most unique attractions as it’s the only floating flower market in the World visited by local and international tourists. At past, the gardeners used to come over Amstel River to sell their flowers and flower seeds to sell as they anchor their boats. Today, although they’re on boats they’re fixed at same place. The market is open everyday from 9am to 17.00 pm but some counters are closed on Sundays.
Adress : Singel, Amsterdam
Access : Tramway : Koningsplein 1, 2, 5
Dutch National Museum exhibits the biggest 17th century Dutch collections as well as the artefacts from the medieval age. You can see the valuable artworks as it’s housing the biggest collection of Dutch art in the World.
Adress : Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
Access : Tramway – Rijksmuseum 2, 5
Visiting Hours : 0900-1800 Closed on official holidays
Entrance fee : 14 Euro
Website : www.rijksmuseum.nl
Other than that, you can visit Red Light District, Begijnhof, Vondelpark, Oude Kerk, Heritage Museum.
Accommodation : Choosing a hotel in the city center will make your way easier, you can walk most of the places.
Transportation : There’s a tram line which is useful. Also the train station is very close if you would like to visit other cities of Holland or other European countries.
Food: As a European non-Muslim city, Amsterdam is one of the Muslim friendly cities because of its high population of Muslim immigrants. You can easily find halal food especially around Dam Square, Rembrantplein, at train station. There are Turkish restaurants, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian and vegetarian felafel corners.