6 Must-Visit Places in Amsterdam

by Mitty
6 Must-Visit Places in Amsterdam

A trip to Amsterdam can feel like an overload. Amsterdam's centre is packed with restaurants, shops, other types of shops and "adventures" on every corner. With so many things to do, it can be hard to decide how to spend your time there. Here are the 6 things to do and see that should be on everyone’s list when they come to Amsterdam.

Jordaan & the West

Originally a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan has become one of the most popular, upscale locations in the Netherlands. It is home to many art galleries, particularly for modern art, and is also dotted with speciality shops and restaurants. The cozy streets invite you on an atmospheric stroll, while the countless cafés and pubs draw you in for an authentic dinner and a pint of beer. 

Address: Google Maps

Van Gogh Museum

Pop in to see the works of one of the most celebrated Dutch artist. Van Gogh museum is a home to the world's largest collections of works by Vincent Van Gogh. The museum chronicles the various phases of his artistic life.From the psychological portraits to the psychodelic landscapes, the visitors are able to see the development of his art, notice the changes of mood and track the birth of his genius. Queues can be huge; prebooked e-tickets and a Museumkaart expedite the process with fast-track entry.

Address: Google Maps

Opening hours: Open daily from 9am - 7pm. On Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm

Price: Adults - € 18, Visitors under 18 -free (school groups excluded), Museumkaart holders - free, I Amsterdam City Card holders - free

Anne Frank Huis

The writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist, Anne Frank, attracts more than a million visitors a year. Together with seven others Anne Frank hides in the secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. After more than two years in hiding they are discovered and deported to concentration camps. The museum's treasure is the original red and green checked diary that Anne Frank wrote while she was in hiding. Many personal documents and objects belonging to the Frank family are also preserved in the museum. Until June 2018, visiting the Anne Frank House is only possible with a ticket purchased online. 

Address: Google Maps

Opening hours: 1 April to 1 November: Daily 9:00 to 22:00

1 November to 1 April: Daily 9:00 to 19:00, Saturday 9:00 to 21:00

Price: Adults: € 10, Age 10-17: € 5, Age 0-9: free, Online ticket: € 0,50 surcharge

  • Dutch Museum Card: free entry, but you have to reserve a date and timeslot online.
  • European Youth Card: € 5 but you have to reserve a date and timeslot online.
  • I amsterdam Card and Student card or ISIC: no discount or free entry.

In ʼt Aepjen

A charming bar with a good story to tell, In't Aepjen,is located on the corner of the old Zeedijk, near the infamous red light district. Of all the old wooden buildings that had made up the historic city before the 1452 fire, only two survived. One of these premises was this inn. “In’t Aepjen” literally means “In the Monkeys,” and refers to a time, when sailors returning from distant colonies, and finding themselves short of guilders, would offer up their newly acquired pets, often monkeys, as payment. Inside its small and dark yet welcoming with a decent array of beers and spirits to choose from. Try a splash of locally made jenever if you want to have a properly traditional Dutch experience.

Address: Google Maps

Vondelpark

The Vondelpark is the largest park in the city, located to the south of Leidseplein and near Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as by tourists, and is full of people - enjoying a sunny day, having a picnic, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass. Free concerts are given at the open-air theatre or in the summer at the park's bandstand. Explore the park in the typical Dutch way - by bike; or just have a stroll on a sunny day.

Address: Google Maps

Rijksmuseum

If you were to visit only one museum in Amsterdam, this would be the most obvious choice. The Louvre of Netherlends, Rijkmuseum showcases iconic art and a wide variety of artefacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, including jaw dropping paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer and countless more Dutch greats. When you are done looking at 7500 masterpieces, visit the sculpture-studded gardens and the Rijks restaurant, which has a Michelin star. Save some time by purchasing an online ticket.

Address: Google Maps

Opening hours: Daily 9am - 5pm

Price: Adult - € 17.5, Up to 19 years - Free, EYCA card holders - € 8.75


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June 22, 2018
by Mitty