10 Best Attractions to Discover the Essence of Amsterdam

Amsterdam will sweep you off your feet. Whether you are a history buff, nature lover or just looking for a fun weekend away, Amsterdam will continually surprise you. Every nook and cranny of the city has so much to offer.

The city is bursting with history. The Anne Frank House, for instance, is one of the most popular attractions, sharing the story of Anne Frank and her family while in hiding during World War II. Other museums, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, are home to famous Dutch masterpieces. Tourists and locals alike can also explore other museums, such as the Dutch Resistance Museum, illustrating the timeline of Dutch opposition against the Nazis, and the Amsterdam Historisch Museum, highlighting Amsterdam’s history in an interactive manner.

One of the best parts of Amsterdam is its charm, picturesque with its peaceful canals. Tour the city by water or wind your way on land and explore by foot or bike. Escape from busy city life and stop at one of the many green parks, such as Vondelpark. Plus, Amsterdam is a central location for you to sneak away to the beach or Dutch countryside.

Wander through the Red Light District, visit a coffeeshop, buy tulip bulbs and climb a Dutch windmill. But also go beyond the stereotypes: explore the history and fall in love with Amsterdam’s charm. With the green space, little boutique shops, winding waterways and more, you’ll never want to leave.

Amsterdam Museum
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The Amsterdam Museum is a fun and interactive way to learn about Amsterdam. From ancient times to modern day, the museum aims to help people of all ages explore the city and its story. The museum caters to all learning abilities, featuring...  Read More

As you travel through the city, you'll probably notice there are many open-air markets. Take the time to visit at least one of them. No matter what part of the city you are in, you'll find something that sparks your interest. Locals and tourists...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
Dam Square

Make your way to Dam Square and enjoy the constant hustle and bustle. The square is home to many attractions, including the Royal Palace, National Monument, Madame Tussauds and others. Take a tour of the Royal Palace; admire the beautiful...  Read More

Brouwerij 't IJ

The Brouwerij t'IJ allows you to combine great beer and a bit of Dutch scenery. Europeans, especially the Dutch, Germans and Belgians, are known for great tasting beer. Explore an Amsterdam local favorite, the Brouwerij t'IJ. This place is...  Read More


Amsterdam provides many places to escape busy city life. Whether you need a quiet afternoon to yourself or want to play with your children, Amsterdam offers many green spaces to get away. Vondelpark is one of the city's many parks to help you do...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

The Red Light District, also known as De Wallen or Rosse Buurt, dates back to the fourteenth century. It was a place sailors would come if they required female companionship. Today, the Red Light District is home to coffeeshops that sell...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
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The Bloemenmarkt is the world's only floating flower market. Located on the Singel canal, the market is situated on several houseboats. It's the perfect place to admire the flowers, smell all the scents and bring home a piece of the Netherlands...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
Canal Boat Tours

Experience picturesque Amsterdam from the waterways. Especially when the sun is shining, there is no better way to see the sights than by boat. Wind your way through Amsterdam's canals and appreciate the attractions from the water. With a...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski

Museumplein is packed with art, history and culture. As the name suggests, there are many museums situated around the square. For instance, the Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh's artwork. Experience the...  Read More

Anne Frankhuis

Anne Frank is an international symbol. She moved the world through her words, sharing her hopes, dreams and everyday thoughts. Walk through the house in which she went into hiding to escape the Nazis. Experience the day-to-day life for yourself....  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica