Amsterdam’s oldest district is also its most central, focusing on Dam Square, the Oude Kerk and Nieuwmarkt as well as the canals Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal. Top sights in Amsterdam’s Old Center include the Red Light District; some of the best gabled architecture in the city; several excellent (and some not so good) museums; and bars, restaurants and shops by the hundred.
Category: Tours & Activities
March 12, 2015
One of Europe’s top seasonal attractions, Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse bills itself as ‘the most photographed attraction in the world’. Opening for just eight weeks every year in spring, the gardens fade quickly but the Tulip Bulb Route to Keukenhof does last for slightly longer.
February 12, 2015
Yes, Amsterdam is the city of great art masterpieces; canals and bridges; sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, but these days it’s fast becoming a foodie destination in its own right. Here are my suggestions for the ten best places for foodies in Amsterdam.
January 6, 2015
Quite apart from owning the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork in the world, Amsterdam now has a new attraction – a stunning display of his work at the exhibition Van Gogh the Ultimate Collection, at the Beurs van Berlage.
December 4, 2014
Amsterdam is positively awash with Christmas magic and bonhomie in 2014, with festive fun kicking off in late November. Here are ten great reasons to visit Amsterdam for the holidays.
December 2, 2014
As one of the most famous museums in the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is best known for its fine collection of Old Master Dutch paintings, with great works by Frans Hals, Steen and Vermeer as well as Rembrandt. But now the museum has added another string to its bow; here’s what’s new from the Rijksmuseum.
November 6, 2014
Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is east of the old city in the Plantage. Before WWII, this was a bustling area crammed with businesses and shops with Waterlooplein market at its heart. World War II saw Amsterdam’s Jewish community decimated but today the sights of Jewish Amsterdam can be seen in the Jewish Cultural Quarter as well as in the world-renowned Anne Frank Huis on Prinsengracht.
October 15, 2014
Despite its reputation as a tolerant, open-minded city where dope smoking is tolerated and prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is in fact a very child-friendly city. Here are just a few of the museums for children in Amsterdam.
October 2, 2014
So close to Amsterdam that today it is virtually a suburb, a visit to its little sister Haarlem is nevertheless like stepping into another, gentler world. This tranquil, genteel town is perfectly sized for exploring on foot. Here’s what to see on a walking tour of Haarlem.
September 25, 2014
The seedy reputation of Amsterdam’s Red Light District – also called De Wallen – is upheld in some of its museums. Although most of the museums in the Red Light District have sex as their focus, there are several others with different themes. There are even a couple you could take your grandmother to.