Amsterdam's top 10 attractions

by Female Abroad

The Netherlands' capital is Amsterdam. It is the sixth-largest metropolitan region in Europe and the largest city in the Netherlands. There are certain attractions in Amsterdam, just like in many other major cities. So make sure to visit the ten locations listed below. I have also listed a few affiliate links to our partner site - Viator - for tickets I bought when I went or items I have sent previous clients on.

  1. In Amsterdam, the Anne Frank Huis is the most visited attraction. Before her detention camp was liberated near the conclusion of World War II, you can learn about Anne Frank's Death Form typhus. If you cannot get tickets and do not want to wait in a line that might not even get you in then check out these tours:
    1. Anne Frank’s Last Walk and visit the Anne Frank House in Virtual Reality
    2. Anne Frank Guided Walking Tour through Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter
    3. Free Walking Tour of the Jewish Quarter, WWII, & the Jewish Quarter*

  2. The world's largest collection of Van Gogh paintings is kept in the Van Gogh Museum and it is the city's second most visited attraction so don't pass up the opportunity to view the great pieces in this collection.

  3. The Rijksmuseum is situated in Amsterdam's Museumplein and it is the Netherlands' national museum. On bright days, the Rijksmuseum's garden grounds on either side make for relaxing spots to sit and take in the scenery. The link is to the tickets that I used when I went and getting the skip the line entry especially if you go in high season, is a must!

  4. One of the four Dutch palaces available to the Royal Dutch Family in the Netherlands by the parliamentary act is the Royal Palace. During the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century, it was constructed as the municipal hall. More than ten thousand wooden piers support it, distributing the weight of the massive building over the fragile, marshy terrain in this part of the city.

  5. At museum Square is where you'll find the Stedelijk Museum. It is a modern art museum with sizable collection of Kazimir Malevich paintings. Temporary exhibitions of modern art, design, and photography are also significant.

  6. One of Amsterdam's top attractions is NEMO; the Netherlands' largest science centre with a Renzo Piano design. The Maritime Museum and the Amsterdam Central Station are both nearby.

  7. The Prinsengracht canal bank lies just across from the Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam where the Westerkerk is located. It was created in the style of an Amsterdam Renaissance church by Hendrick de Keyser. The "Homomonument", a memorial for men and women who were persecuted for being homosexual, is located close to the Westerkerk.

  8. One of Amsterdam's top attractions is the Magere Brug. It is a white painted, wooden bascule bridge that crosses the Amstel River in the heart of Amsterdam which was constructed in 1934.

  9. The oldest zoo in the Netherlands is located in the heart of Amsterdam. Known as Artis, short for Natura Artis Magistra. it features a planetarium, a museum of geology, and a museum of zoology. Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann, and J.J. Wijsmuller formed it in 1838. It was also home to the final quagga to be kept in captivity before it perished in 1883.

  10. The oldest section of the Amsterdam defense works is formally known as the Sint Nicolaaskerk, or St. Nicholas. A Roman Catholic church can be found there in the heart of Amsterdam which provides daycare for the red light district workers nearby.

Don't forget to also check out the free walking tours that are available in Amsterdam. *All that is expected is that you tip the guide. Some popular ones are:

  1. FreeDam Walking Tours - Amsterdam Tour
  2. Experience Amsterdam's hidden highlights with & like a local
  3. Dutch Books, Art, Food and Museums: walk through the center of Amsterdam