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  • The capital city of Netherlands, Amsterdam is a unique place to visit in Europe. For a single city, the variety of places to visit in Amsterdam is quite fascinating, and shall not become uneventful for any traveller. With a majestic architectural backdrop, a rich artistic legacy, a proud history and a vibrant touristic scene, Amsterdam is a highpoint of European cosmopolitanism.

    This grand city offers a vast variety of amusements to the eager tourists, from sightseeing to cultural immersions, making sure that no moment of your trip passes uneventfully. Art and architecture lie at the very core of Amsterdam’s identity. Some of the greatest artists and architects have lived and produced great works under the roofs of Amsterdam, and their outpourings are valued and preserved with care by their descendants.

    Touring Amsterdam and enjoying this heritage is one of the most memorable things you can do in the city. Cruising along its beautiful canals and admiring the city is another magical experience. And when in Amsterdam, you cannot but enjoy the tempting cafes and upscale restaurants that line its streets.There are many wonderful things to do in Amsterdam and dozens of wonderful places to visit. 

    This comprehensive list of the 50 best places to visit in Amsterdam will get you started on your way and help you plan a magnificent Amsterdam trip, so go right ahead and bookmark it. 

    Here are some of the places to visit in Amsterdam:

  • 01Top Places to Visit in Amsterdam

    Top Places to Visit in Amsterdam
    1. Rijks Art Museum- One of the most important national museums in the Netherlands, the Rijks Art Museum is famous for its huge collection of important artworks documenting the greatness of Dutch culture. The museums houses works by artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jacob van Ruisdael among others. 

    2. Anne Frank House- The Anne Frank house is the historical house in which Anne Frank and her family hid during the years of the Jewish persecution which ultimately led to their destruction. The house is open to the public and a museum dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank operates within. 

    3. Efteling Park- A beautifully themed amusement park which contains attractions influenced by ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore, Efteling Park is one of the most magical places to visit in the neat Amsterdam. 

    4. Van Gogh Museum- A grand museum dedicated to the life and work of the post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh, who was one of the foremost painters of the 19th century, this museum is a must-visit when you’re in Amsterdam. 

    5. Amsterdam Canal Cruise- Cruising on the canals of Amsterdam on a gentle floating boat is one of the best experiences you can have in the city. The skyline of the city is visible in all its glory during the cruise, and takes on a wonderful aspect as the evening bears down upon it. 

    6. Dam Square- One of the most important landmarks of Amsterdam, the Dam Square is a large public square with several important buildings like the Royal Palace, the Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and the National Monument located around it. 

    7. The ice rink in front of I Amsterdam Letters- Located in front of I Amsterdam Letter, this open-air ice skating rink is a wonderful public attraction in Amsterdam. Of a wintery weekend, the rink is filled with people dancing around on the ice, skating, falling, laughing, and simply having a lot of fun. If you’re in Amsterdam for the winters, a stop at this rink is a must. 

    8. Jordaan District- A bustling and vibrant district, Jordaan is a great place to enjoy some wonderful dining and shopping experiences. There are many boutiques, pubs and eateries located around this district and the Noordermarkt offers tourists an exhaustive range of shopping stalls carrying everything from organic food to antique clothes. 

    9. Amsterdam Dungeon- A unique real-cum-fantasy attraction in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam dungeon is located inside a church and takes you through 500 years old dark Dutch history with its labyrinths, mirror-halls, torture chambers and spine-chilling characters. 

    10. Leidseplein Square- This square is renowned for its nightlife wonders, with a vast range of bars and pubs offering visitors party opportunities galore. Street performers and several theatres with stand-up comedy and musical performances add further relish to the square. 

    11. The Amstel River- The Amstel River is a beautiful river flowing through Amsterdam which makes for a very scenic place to enjoy oneself near. You can stroll along the banks of the river, cycle alongside it, or simply sit leisurely on the seats peppered alongside the river and enjoy its smooth flow. 

    12. Body Worlds Museum- Body Worlds is a famous global attraction which showcases real plastinated bodies which are used to guide people through the human anatomy. The instructors at the museum make exploring human biology a wonderful adventure, making a visit here an absolute must. 

    13. Rademakers Gallery- Rademakers Gallery is an art gallery devoted to the works of contemporary artists. It showcases both established and emerging artists and a visit to this place is a thought-provoking experience. The curators at the gallery help the visitors by providing context and insights into the artworks they exhibit. 

    14. Church of Our Lady- One of the most eye-catching structures in Amsterdam, the Church of Our Lady is a gothic structure that has attained the status of a Dutch Rijksmonument. Listening to the mass take place here is a grand experience not to be missed. 

    15. FoGuang Shan Holland Tempel- A unique attraction in Amsterdam, this Buddhist monument with its traditional Chinese architecture, featuring ornate ornamentation and special roof tiles, is a great place to visit. It offers a wonderful mediation centre as well as several special courses and guided tours. 

    16. The Torensluis Bridge- The Torensluis Bridge is a magnificent sight to behold in Amsterdam. One of the oldest and the widest bridges in the city with towers guarding it on both ends, the Torensluis bridge is a great place to stroll upon on a free afternoon. Several events and exhibitions are also held on the bridge these days. 

    17. Stedelijk Museum of Art- A museum dedicated to modern art, contemporary art, and design, Stedelijk features works from great artists like Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas among others. 

    18. Bloemen Market- The world’s only floating flower market, Bloemen market is a unique place to visit in Amsterdam. Operated from houseboats, this market is a reflection of the vibrant culture of the city and its love of both its canals and its flowers. The fantastic perfumes floating in from the market make it almost irresistible to visit. 

    19. Royal Palace of Amsterdam- Standing tall in the heart of Amsterdam, the Royal Palace is a beautiful sight to behold. Its neo-classical architecture gives it a graceful and grandiose air and the interiors adequately compliment it. A guided tour of the grand structure is a great way to experience it. 

    20. De Riekermolen Windmill- Standing tall on the banks of the Amstel River, with Rembrandt looking on, is the historic De Riekermolen Windmill. This windmill, built in 1636, was an important polder drainage windmill in the country, and is today an iconic landmark of the city. 

    21. Science Centre NEMO- This immense science centre is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam. It offers visitors an interactive take on science, allowing for the hands-on experiment, virtual videos and immersive exhibitions, thus making for a fun and interesting day trips. 

    22. Bridge of 15 Bridges- Standing on the bridge where Reguliersgracht meets Herengracht, you will be able to see 14 bridges stretching out around you, making for a very appealing and picturesque sight. This is the Bridge of 15 bridges, one of the prettiest places to visit in Amsterdam. 

    23. Munttoren Tower- The Munttoren Tower is a historic tower in Amsterdam, a remnant of an old medieval structure. It is an important landmark in the city. 

    24. Rembrandt House Museum- This is the house where the great Dutch painter Rembrandt lived and worked for years. It is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam. The interior of the house has been recreated to resemble the 17thcentury décor and contains several sketches by the artist and some of his contemporaries.  

    25. Oude Kerk- Amsterdam’s oldest building, the 800-year-old Oude Kerk is a parish church of importance in the city. Its graveyard contains famous graves and is a peaceful and meditative place to visit. Attending a service in the ancient aisles of the church is also an unforgettable experience. 

    26. Natura Artis Magistra Zoo- Natura Artis Magistra Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in mainland Europe and houses a magnificent diversity of plants and animals. But such is its scope that the zoo also features an aquarium and a planetarium in addition to a large collection of artworks. 

    27. Muiden Castle - Located at the mouth of the Vecht River, the Muiden castle is a medieval castle near Amsterdam. The quaint and picturesque beauty of this castle makes it one of the loveliest places to visit in Amsterdam. Tour the castle with an experienced guide for the best experience.  
  • 02Places to Eat and Drink in Amsterdam

    Places to Eat and Drink in Amsterdam
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    28. Bakers and Roasters Restaurant- This dainty café is a great stop for a relaxed breakfast or brunch in Amsterdam. They are famous for their freshly baked goods, delicious milkshakes and soul-lifting coffee. The café is influenced by New Zealand, so expect a lot of island flavours here. 

    29. Bar Gallizia- An Italian restaurant run by the Galizia family, Bar Gallizia is the place to head to if you’re craving some delicious pasta and focaccia. They have an exhaustive menu with many Italian specialities and also feature a lovely selection of Italian wines. 

    30. Cannibale Royale Handboogstraat- Cannibale Royale Handboogstraat is forthright in declaring its love for hearty food with bold and big flavours. Meat dishes rule the roast and beer and wine flow freely in this vibrant restaurant in Amsterdam. 

    31. The Lobby Nesplein Restaurant- No matter whether you visit this restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it will leave you with the most pleasant memories. The dainty restaurant with its open wood fireplace, its large selection of books, and its terrace overlooking the Nesplein, offers a wonderful dining experience in Amsterdam. 

    32. Fruittuin van West- One of the unique places to visit in Amsterdam, this orchard-cum-farm-cum-restaurant is a delightful spot in the city. The place allows you to pick your own fruits including apples, pears and berries while chickens’ strut all around you. There is a small health-conscious café attached to the farm and you can buy fresh eggs on your way out too. 

    33. NJOY cocktail bar- A chic and sophisticated bar in the heart of Amsterdam, NJOY is a great place to visit for an evening of fun. You can enjoy a wide selection of drinks here as trendy music plays in the background. 

    34. The Bulldog Cafe- The Bulldog café is a popular café in Amsterdam, despite being located in its red-light district. A café is a good place for drinks and coffee. 

    35. Tales & Spirits Bar- A chic and comfortable bar in Amsterdam’s vibrant tourist district, the Tales & Spirits Bar offers visitors an intimate ambience along with some hearty food and delicious drinks. It is a good dinner destination in the city. 
  • 03Other Places to Visit in Amsterdam

    Other Places to Visit in Amsterdam
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    36. Nieuwe Kerk- NieuweKerkis is a 15th-century church located next to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. But, it is also more than a church It is a building which regularly holds high-profile exhibitions regarding art, photography, and inspiring individuals and cultures, making it a great place to visit in the city. 

    37. Aviodrome Museum and Theme Park- Featuring an aerospace museum which curates over 100 years of aerospace innovations and a theme park which contains several aeroplanes and flight simulators, the Aviodrome Museum and Theme Park is one of the most fun-filled places to visit in Amsterdam. 

    38. Heineken Experiences- Heineken is a brand known for its exclusive beers and Heineken Experiences is the best place to learn more about the brand behind the beer. This old brewery today contains a museum and a small amusement park and its decor mimics the old 19th century décor of the original brewery. 

    39. Concertgebouw- One of the most memorable ways to spend an evening in Amsterdam is by attending a concert at the Concertgebouw. Several great musicians and bands give performances here and music flows like manna out of its superb organs and acoustic systems. 

    40. MagereBrug Bascule Bridge- Connecting the banks of the Amstel River at Kerkstraat, between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, the MagereBrug Bascule Bridge is a scenic spot to spend some time on in Amsterdam. It gives you a great panoramic view of the river and the city and is a memorable place to visit.  

    41. The National Maritime Museum- This maritime museum is one of the most popular spots to visit in Amsterdam. Its architecture is one of its attractions. 

    42. Portuguese Synagogue- This 17th-century Sephardic synagogue is an important landmark in Amsterdam, and which belonged to the rich Amsterdam Sephardic Jewish community. It is an active place of worship to date and very popular with tourists in the city. 

    43. Port of Amsterdam- Visiting the 4th busiest port in Europe is bound to be a memorable experience and should definitely be undertaken when you’re in Amsterdam. It has been in existence since the 13th century and is an important part of the Dutch cultural identity today. 

    44. Keukenhof Gardens- Rows upon rows of vibrant flowers colour the lanes of the Keukenhof Gardens, making it one of the most glorious places to visit in Amsterdam. More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are cultivated in the seven inspirational gardens. Dozens of flower shows are held yearly, and over a hundred works of art add further depth to this place. 

    45. Rembrandt Tower- The Rembrandt Tower is an office skyscraper in Amsterdam and is an impressive sight to behold, especially at night when it is lit up by thousands of shining lights. 

    46. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder- Located in the heart of the city, this is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum in the city centre of Amsterdam. It is considered to be a rijksmonument (national heritage site), and is a landmark you must visit. 

    47. Albert Cuyp Market- A street market that is over a hundred years old, The Albert Cuyp market is a wonderful place to experience the local life in Amsterdam. There are stalls selling everything from fabrics to vintage clothes to jewellery to fish and a lot more. Old-fashioned coffee shops line the street, making for a delightful place to rest and refresh in an amicable atmosphere. 
     
    48. Hortus Botanicus Gardens- This popular tourist destination is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world today and features over 6000 different plants in its premises. Strolling through its grounds is a wonderful experience full of restorative peace and serenity. 

    49. Vondelpark- One of the biggest public parks in Amsterdam, Vondelpark is a lovely place to visit in the city. Walking, jogging, or cycling around the park is a wonderful experience and allow you to experience the intricate landscaping of the park in the best possible way. 

    50. Herengracht Canal- The Herengracht Canal is an old and very important canal in Amsterdam. It is one of the most prestigious parts of the city. Many grand houses stand on either side of the canal including the Bartolotti house, the Cromhout houses, and the Hoxton hotel among others. 

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