7 essential places to see in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is one of the most visited cities in Europe, an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Between bridges, canals and bike rides, We tell you what are the must-see places to see in Amsterdam.

If you are organizing a tour of the capital of the Netherlands and you don’t have much time available, We recommend that you plan every hour of your stay. There is so much to see in Amsterdam! You can use the quintessential means of transport in the city (the bicycle) to get everywhere faster.


Rijksmuseum – Ed Webster /

The National Museum is the most important in the country and It houses a large collection of paintings from the so-called “Dutch Golden Age”. Among his no less than seven million works, the three most outstanding are The merry drinkerby Frans Hals; the milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer; Y Night Watch, by Rembrandt. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2. Houseboats and canals

Amsterdam – kavalenkava

The canals of Amsterdam are well known, and there are approximately 2,500 inhabited houses on them. This form of accommodation arose after World War II for two reasons: first because there were no houses available and second because the fleet of cargo ships was modernized and many units fell into disuse.

To find out what life is like on a houseboat you can visit the Houseboat Museum (used as housing until 1997). Surely you find it most curious and interesting.

Besides, surely you feel like taking a walk along the canals. If you want to enjoy them and cross some of its almost 1000 bridges, you can go to the Grachtengordel, the most important ring in Amsterdam and designed in the 17th century.

3. Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum – Wladyslaw/

Stores and exhibits some 200 works, 500 drawings and many original letters from the Dutch artist more important. The paintings are arranged chronologically. It is located at Paulus Pottenstraat 7 and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fridays until 10 p.m. and Saturdays until 9 p.m.).

4. Anne Frank House, an essential place to see in Amsterdam

Anne Frank Statue – Diego Maia /

Located in the heart of the city, It was the place where Ana lived hidden with her family and some friends for almost two years in the middle of World War II. You can learn a lot about this place from his diary.

The visit is very well organized and allows you to see Otto Frank’s warehouse, the offices of those who helped them and the rooms where they took refuge until they were discovered and taken to the concentration camps. It opens from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. between April and October and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. between November and March.


“Despite everything, I think people are good at heart.”

-Anna Frank-

5. Red Light District

Red Light District – Steve Photography

The neon lights of the shop windows of this neighborhood are world famous. Located in the old part of the city, it is visited by thousands of tourists attracted by curiosity. Here prostitution is practiced legally and the women who work in the neighborhood wait for their clients behind some showcases.

6. Dam Square

Dam Square – Steve Photography

It is the most important in the Dutch capital and marks the point from which the city was founded in the 13th century. In the center you can see a 22-meter-high monument in tribute to the fallen soldiers during World War II.

It also houses the Royal Palace (built in the 17th century in neoclassical style), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the Nieuwe Kerk church.

7. Flower market

Flower Market – Marinero /

The last of the things to see in Amsterdam on this list is related to the national flower: the tulip. It was founded in 1862 and, in addition to being a tourist attraction, here you can buy all kinds of plants and flowers.

It’s a floating market atop barges and platforms on the banks of the Singel Canal. Tulip bulbs are the best souvenir you can take from this market. It opens from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Other attractions to see in Amsterdam: Heineken Experience, the Beginjhof house, Leidseplein, the Rembrandt Museum or the Vondelpark, among many others

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