Welcome to Amsterdam! Enjoy your holliday in the Capital of The Netherlands. If you visit Amsterdam, you will inmediately notice the open and tolerant atmosphere which makes it one of the most relaxed cities of Europe. The city is the largest city in The netherlands and has a great impact on the Dutch economy and culture. Many national and international companies such as Philips and Heineken have their main office located in the Dutch Capital. Tourism is important for Amsterdam and every year, tourists from all over the world visit the city. The city has a lot of historical value and lovers of art and history can visit the many museums located all over the city. Visitors who enjoy sightseeing or shopping can walk around the charming canals and admire the Dutch architecture and the many shops next to the canals. Amsterdam has its own airport and is well reachable by car and railway. The city is also friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. The rich history and charming characteristics such as the canals and Dutch architecture make Amsterdam the ideal place to visit.
Traditional architecture of houses in the city streets welcome visitors with a nostalgic look in the past.
Amsterdam is the ultimate place to lay down the stress of daily life and emerge yourself in the many beautiful sceneries the city has to offer. There are over 30 parks spread out through the city and each has itâ€™s own distinctive feel. Vondelpark is the most popular park and is visited daily by thousands of people looking for a relaxing day out. If you have a culinair taste, you will be pleased to know that Amsterdam has a large variety of restaurants to offer. Amsterdam is a multicultural city which reflects itself in the local cuisine.
The Vondelpark is a peaceful retreat in the large city and attracts families, artists and romantic couples.
Places like the Leidse Plein and Rembrandtplein are great for enjoying a drink outside and watch the scenery.
Art can be found all over Amsterdam as many artists use the city to exhibit their work. There is an entire park dedicatd to outdoor sculptures and many museums exhibit art from all over the world.
This museum is inside a building from 1880 and exhibits a large collection of Dutch art from the 15th till 19th century. The museum also offers art from many other European countries. The most famous piece of art in this museum is the â€œNachtwachtâ€?, painted by Rembrandt. Address: Jan Luijkenstraat 1 Opening hours: daily from 9.00 till 18.00
Van Gogh museum:
One of the largest museums in Amsterdam named after the famous painter. It has one of the largest collections of the artist and presents the main periods of his life. Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7 Opening hours: daily from 10.00 till 18.00
A wooden sculpture in the Amsterdam Sculpture Park
Amsterdam has a lot of historical value. There are several monuments that can be visited and museums that showcase periods of time in the Dutch history.
Begijnhof: A small charming park surrounded by old traditional houses. These houses used to be inhabited by nuns.
Anne Frank House: A visit to this building will tell you the story of two Jewish families, who had to hide from the German invasion during World War II. Anne Frank one of the young girls who had to hide in a secret area of the building has written a detailed description of her life in that period of time in her diary. After the war, the building has been made accessible to the public. Address: Prinsengracht 267 Opening hours September 15 till march 14: 9.00 - 19.00 March 15 till September 14: 9.00 â€“ 21.00
Royal Palace: This building was originally a city office constructed in 1648. In 1808 the building was given by the government to the Royal family and was renovated to be a palace. It has now a representative function and public visitors can admire the buildings architecture and art. Address: Dam Square Opening hours Summer season: Daily 11.00 - 17.00 Other seasons: Tuesday - Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Amsterdam has a bruising nightlife and offers plentiful oppurtunities for a fun or classy night out. From mellow bars and coffee shops to thrilling clubs and mind sparkling theaters, Amsterdam has something for everybody. Visit the Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein to choose between many clubs that offer all music genres.
There are many ways to explore Amsterdam, but the most interesting way is by boat. Admire the architecture and city life from the water in a comfortable and relaxed way. You can get a boat taxi at several piers or go on a boat tour from one of the tour operators around the canals. All the boats are clean and silent to maximize your sightseeing experience.
If you are looking for an interesting, no stress vacation, then Amsterdam is the right choice. With its rich historical value, the charming canals, Dutch architecture and art, Amsterdam has everything for a wonderful experience. For mor information about this unique city, visit: www.iamsterdam.com
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Wooden clogs inside a souveniershop
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