canal tour through the 17th century Amsterdam canal distric
Canal tour through the 17th century Amsterdam canal district

There are so many things to do and see in Amsterdam, we make here a selection and a short description of the top 10 must-see and most visited tourist attractions of Amsterdam. Don't miss them at your stay in Amsterdam!

Top 10 Tourist Attractions Amsterdam

1. The Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Every year there are more than 3 million tourists having a canal tour through the 17th century Amsterdam canal district with 165 canals and more than 1250 bridges the most popular attraction of Amsterdam. Especially in the evening it is a great experience to go on with all lit bridges and the old buildings and monuments through the canals of Amsterdam. 


2. Rijksmuseum

The most visited and largest museum of the Netherlands and it contains thousands of paintings, including the most famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn with "The Night watch." This beautiful building looks like a castle and is dedicated to art  and history and there are currently more than 1 million different objects in it.

3. Van Gogh Museum

If you visit Amsterdam the Van Gogh Museum is one of the must sees, it consists of about 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh and his friends, such as Gauguin, Monet and Bernard. Famous works are The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House In Arles, The Bedroom and the beautiful Sunflowers.

4. Dam Square and the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is located on Dam Square right in the centre of the city, the Royal Palace is one of the three palaces the state has placed at the Queens disposal by the act of parliament. The Palace offers free tours and you can admire the beautiful paintings drawn by famous Rembrandt's students. A tour in the Royal Palace is very impressive and lets you relive the time of the medieval kings.

5. Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
Anne Frank House

The Anne frank house is truly one of the most famous sightseeing places to visit in Amsterdam. It's a museum on the original place which tells you a story about a Jewish girl and her family hiding from Nazi occupants during the second world war that was made world-famous by her published diary, this diary is also on display at the house. When you visit Amsterdam, this is a place you must take the time to visit.

6. Begijnhof

A small passageway leads to this beautiful charming garden surrounded by historic 17th century houses on a square in the middle of the city centre of Amsterdam. The devout celibate Beguine nuns lived here in the past and have been replaced by old ladies. The house with number 34 is the oldest house in Amsterdam. The buildings in the court are tall, characteristically Amsterdam style town houses with facades from the 17th and 18th century.

7. Red Light District

The world-famous Red Light District attracts many tourists and the presence of security cameras and police ensure that the area is one of the safest of Amsterdam. The fluorescent red lights in the windows of the working women are characteristic for this district full of sex shops, window prostitutes, live sex shows, peepshows, bars and coffeshops. The Red Light District is one of the most beautiful and oldest parts of Amsterdam.

8. Oude Kerk

This big and monumental church dominates over the red light district and is the oldest building of Amsterdam. The church has 2500 gravestones and monumental tombs with the most famous nr. 29 the gravestone of Saskia van Uylemburgh wife of painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The old church was probably built in the year 1306.

9. Waag

Originally the building was one of the gates in the city wall, these walls were constructed during the period 1481-1494 and consisted of defense towers and city gates connected by walls of brick with a natural stone pediment..Later in the 17th century, the former city gate was repurposed as a weigh house, a public building where various goods were weighed and in the first half of the 19th century when the building become too small for the needs of the rapidly growing city, punishments were carried out in front of the building and there was even a guillotine.

The Heineken Experience
The Heineken Experience

10. Heineken Brewery

Heineken's historic brewery in the centre of Amsterdam has a interactive museum that will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour through the world of one of the world's most popular beer brands. The museum is called "The Heineken Experience" and it's now among Amsterdam's most visited attractions.

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