Noordermarkt, which translates as the Northern Market, is a great place to visit if you want to shop for some groceries. Every Saturday there are Farmer’s markets where you can get the best quality organic food. There are also some takeaways to get some food from. The products you can buy there are usually local and always fresh. Apart from the food market there is also a regular Flea Market every Monday where you can get all sorts of goods from a wide variety of little shops. The local vendors are very friendly and the whole market has a nice atmosphere.
Sometimes referred to as the Western Church, this is a Renaissance protestant church in Amsterdam. Its construction started in 1620 and it was finished in 1631. Its tower is the highest church tower in the city. The Western Church is also a burial place of Rembrandt van Rijn, a famous Dutch baroque painter and printmaker, but the exact location of his tomb remains unknown. Anne Frank mentions the church and its tower many times in her diary. It is not surprising since the house where she lived is located near the Westerkerk. In 1966 there was a royal wedding in the church – Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus von Amsberg got married there. If you plan to visit the church please bear in mind that it is an active church and therefore a place of silence.
Amsterdam Museum was established in 1926. In 1975 it was relocated to its current location – a 16th century house that used to serve as a city orphanage. The artefacts of the original orphanage equipment are included in the museum exhibitions. The museum introduces its visitors to the history of Amsterdam from its creation to the modern days. It explains to the visitors how the city was built on a marsh and how it developed into what it is today. The multimedia exhibitions include lots of engaging of the visitors so it is a good place for families with children. There are new exhibitions added every now and then so be sure to check the official website before your visit so you would not miss anything. You can also buy your tickets online in advance through the official website.
The classicist palace located on the Dam Square began its life in 17th century as a city hall. Its construction started in 1648 and the city hall was opened for the first time in 1655. During the reign of Louis Napoleon, it was turned into the royal palace. Nowadays, it is one of the three palaces that belong to the royal family. If you want to avoid queuing, you can buy your tour tickets online. When entering the palace be prepared for security checks. Bags and purses must be left in the cloakroom before entering the palace. Also, since it is a royal palace it is closed for public on days when there are some official diplomatic events hosted or on royal family-related days (e.g. weddings, jubilees etc.). Therefore you might want to consult the official website before your visit.
A great place to visit if you wish to get some rest in the nature during a (sometimes rather hectic) day of sightseeing. It is a wonderful place for cyclists, inline skaters or joggers. You can also have a picnic there or just sit on a bench and admire the English styled greenery. The park was opened in 1867 and was popular among the locals and the tourists ever since. The park includes even an open-air theatre with free entrance (though some small donations are expected). There is also a statue by Pablo Picasso (called The Fish) installed in the park.
If you want to see the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings, then you must visit this museum. Not only does it contain 200 of his paintings and almost 500 drawings, but it also focuses on the life of this remarkable artist. Moreover, the museum also houses art works of Van Gogh’s contemporaries - Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet and many more. As for photography and filming, you are only allowed to use your camera in the specially designated areas including the Entrance Hall and museum’s special treats for the selfie lovers – the ‘selfie walls’. Note that you must leave your backpacks and your umbrellas in the cloakroom. However, you cannot store your suitcases, prams or any larger items in the cloakroom so please leave them in your hotel or in other luggage storage service.
An interesting monument which despite its short existence (it was installed in 2005) quickly became the popular sight of the city. In fact, it is a very popular selfie spot and one of the most often photographed places in Amsterdam. The I Amsterdam Letters can be found behind the Rijksmuseum, in the city centre. Another set of the letters welcomes the arriving people on the Amsterdam Airport. And the last set of the letters appears in the city (changing spots quite often) whenever there is some occasion for it (festivals, fairs etc.) You can climb the letters but the monument is about two meters high so be prepared. And since the letters are so popular, there are many people every day.
The only inner court in Amsterdam with origins dating back to the Middle Ages. It is estimated that it was built by the end of the 14th century. It used to be a home to the beguines (religious women). Today it is a beautiful place of peace and quiet in the very heart of Amsterdam. You can find there the tall houses which are so typical for Amsterdam but also the oldest wooden house (one of the two still standing) in Amsterdam. During most of its existence, Begijnhof was surrounded by the canals from all sides with only one entrance. Now, there are several entrances (e.g. from the Spui square). If you decide to visit the place, bear in mind that it is a private property and you should behave quietly and respectfully.
The Bloemenmarkt is the world's only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city's southern canal belt. It includes 15 florists and garden shops as well as a range of souvenir gifts. The market is one of the main suppliers of flowers to central Amsterdam.
This bascule bridge crosses the river Amste and its origins go back to the 17th century. At that time the bridge that crossed the river in this location truly was a narrow one. It was then when the bridge got its name. That one was demolished though and was replaced several times by new bridges that grew in width. The present day bridge (which was built in 1934) is therefore not as skinny as his first predecessor was. It is a popular place in Amsterdam, since it looks wonderful after sunset – it lights up with hundreds of lights. It even featured in one of the Bond films – Diamonds are Forever.
One of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam (built in 1306), located in the famous Red Light District. The close proximity of such imposing religious building and the many bars and brothels surrounding it creates an interesting contrast. Nowadays, the church hosts not only religious events but cultural ones as well. Many concerts and prestigious ceremonies are organised there every year. It is not just a church but also a burial site. Many important residents of Amsterdam are buried under the building and you can see their tombstones on the floor of the church. Among those buried there is e.g. Rembrandt’s wife, or several regents of Amsterdam. You can also climb the church tower (as a part of the guided tour) and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. However, be prepared for the narrow steps because there are no lifts. You can buy your tickets online if you want to avoid the queues.
De Wallen or De Walletjes is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam and consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These "kamers" are the most visible and typical kind of red light district sex work in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. De Wallen, together with the prostitution areas Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, form the Rosse Buurt of Amsterdam. Of these De Wallen is the oldest and largest area.