Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals, its rich heritage, and its fascinating museums and attractions. If you’re planning a trip to the the capital of the Netherlands, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are five sites that you should absolutely visit in Amsterdam.
Located in the southwest section of the main city center area, Vondelpark is a beautiful park located on 116-acres of land. Not only is it the biggest city garden in Amsterdam, it’s a standout amongst the top locations in all of The Netherlands. Travelers often enjoy picnicking during the day in the center of the park, but it can be a bit unnerving once the sun sets. In the daytime, the park is filled with families, couples, and friends, enjoying the sun. Lakes, fields, and play areas are scattered through the park, and there is even a popular outdoor theater.
Anne Frank House
Inside the Anne Frank House, travelers can see for themselves the space where Anne Frank wrote her diary while hiding from the German army. Visitors can imagine it would feel like to remain hidden away in such a small space for over two years. Inside the gallery are historical records, photos, pictures, and other possessions from the people who lived there. Anne Frank’s original journal and different scratch books are also on display. A free audio guide is available in nine different languages as well.
Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum)
The Verzetsmuseum, situated by the Artist Royal Zoo, has been called the city’s best-kept secret. The Museum tells the inspiring stories of those who stayed and lived in the Netherlands during the time of the German occupation and reveals how World War II unfolded there. Through artifacts, photographs and records, and film and audio clips, guests can gain an understanding of history. Audio guides are available for visitors, and the displays are translated into both English and Dutch.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum has earned the title of world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, including Almond Blossom and Sunflowers. The gallery itself is consistently the most visited exhibition hall in Amsterdam, as well as in the whole of the Netherlands. Visitors come from near and far to see the works of the tormented and talented artist. On Friday nights, the museum stays open until 9:00pm, and you can enjoy music and drinks in a festive atmosphere.
On account of the Van Gogh Museum’s popularity, it is suggested that visitors purchase tickets in advance online in order to avoid long lines at the entrance.
Leidseplein is one of the centers for nightlife in Amsterdam. The busy square sits southwest of the downtown area, right by the canal, and is loaded up with dance-clubs, movie theaters, casinos, concert venues, and some coffeehouses. Leidseplein is always full of people and is a great place to get a taste of what Amsterdam has to offer.
Amsterdam is an incredible destination that offers something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip, these are five great sites to get you started.