Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings, and want to know the best stuff to see. Either way, our 10Best list should have you covered. While there are always great things to experience, there are typically things you wish you would have passed on as well. Blauwbrug located in the Old Center / Red Light District area is among our top picks for sightseeing in Amsterdam.



For centuries, there has been little change plotted on Amsterdam maps. However, a desperate shortage of housing in the city led to an ambitious urban regeneration plan of the docklands to the east of Centraal Station – and at the dawn of the...  Read More

Old City Centre/New Side
Narrowest House
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski


Do you enjoy seeking out places that have the "largest/smallest/most/least ______" in the world? Then you have definitely come to the right city. Amsterdam is home to both the house with the thinnest façade and the narrowest house overall. One...  Read More

Western Canal Ring


Commemorating gay men and women persecuted in the past, and looking towards the promise of respect and inclusion, this monument settles into the city and is both eminently visible and unobtrusive. Comprised of three triangles that coalesce into...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski


The silhouette of this spire-topped tower is an unmistakable sight in the city. Its base was originally part of the 15th-century city walls, although the upper part of the tower was added in the early 17th century. It incorporated a clock and...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


Crowned by a graceful, circa-1606 spire, this tower was built in 1512 as an element in the city's defense system and rests right on the water. It was integral to town security during medieval days and helped protect shipbuilding facilities. The...  Read More

Central Canal Ring


Amsterdam is a picturesque maze of narrow streets, winding waterways and bridges galore. One particular location in the city allows you to take in all three aspects at once: the Bridge of 15 Bridges. Make your way to the intersection of...  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

Old Center / Red Light District
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski


No, this bridge isn't blue, as you might be led to expect. Rather, its name derives from the painted wooden bridge that formerly existed in its place. The current edifice, constructed of brick and sandstone, was built in anticipation of the 1883...  Read More

Eastern Canal Ring
Magere Brug
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski


The Magerebrug, also known as the Skinny Bridge, is one of the most famous bridges in Amsterdam. Legend has it that this narrow wooden bridge was originally built for two wealthy, skinny sisters who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel River....  Read More