« THE NETHERLANDSDiscover the Netherlands • Amsterdam

Discover Magical Amsterdam

Amsterdam the official capital of the Netherlands, lies on the banks of two bodies of water, the IJ bay and the Amstel river. Founded in the late 12th century as a small fishing village on the banks of the Amstel, it is now the largest city in the country and is a financial and cultural centre.

Discover magical Amsterdam

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

» Albert Cuyp Market

Albert Cuyp Market

Renowned as being Europe's biggest outdoor market, the Albert Cuyp Market, named after the 17th-century painter of the same name, has been trading since the late 19th-century. Starting out as a collection of street traders, the market was taken over by the city council in 1905 and has since become a tourist favorite, offering a fascinating glimpse into local life. Located on Albert Cuypstraat in the city's characterful De Pijp district, the market is open every day except Monday …

» Allard Pierson Museum

Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

Run by the University of Amsterdam and housed in a grandiose former bank on the southern fringes of the Red Light District, the Allard Pierson is the city's leading archaeological museum. Unaccountably often overlooked, it is named after the first classical archaeology professor at the university and turns the spotlight on ancient Mediterranean civilizations. The collection of antiquities spans the centuries 4,000 BC to 500 AD, from the time of the pharaohs through the ancient Greek and Roman empires until early Christianity …

» Amstel River

Amstel River

Amsterdam might be most famous for its winding canals and pretty locks, but it's the Amstel River that the city was first built around, even deriving its name from its early settlement at the 'Amstel Dam'. Today the river runs through the center of the city, lined with landmark buildings, stately mansions and colorful houseboats. A walk along the riverside pathway takes in a number of key sights: the regal Carré theatre, still a popular performance house; the post-modernist Stopera city hall and opera house …

» Amsterdam Art Experience

Amsterdam Art Experience, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Art Experience is a unique space where visitors can experience Amsterdam's culture through art. The gallery of paintings is where artists from Holland and all around the world are promoted and discovered. Creative vision is used here to confront the establishment and to interpret life in a personal way. The Amsterdam Art Experience has different exhibitions such as the Red Light Experience Exhibition and the Van Gogh Bedroom Exhibition …

» Amsterdam Canal Ring

Amsterdam Canal Ring

The first image one conjures up when thinking of Amsterdam is its tranquil canals. Three rings of canals, lined by elaborately decorated merchants' residences and warehouses built in the 17th century, the Dutch "Golden Age", give the city its iconic and easygoing image. In fact, 90 islands were created when the canals were built, and they're all connected by hundreds of charming bridges. The best-known canals form the central Grachtengordel (Canal Belt) …

» Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam

Located in the center of the city, Amsterdam Central Station is the largest railway station in the Netherlands, as well as the most visited national heritage site in the country. Used by more than a quarter of a million passengers every day, it is a hub for both national and international train services. It has also been continuously under construction for more than a decade due to the development of the North-South Metro line, which should finally open fully in 2017. Built upon three artificial islands, the station was designed by the architect of the famous Rijksmuseum …

» Amsterdam Cruise Port

Amsterdam Cruise Port

With one of the largest and postcard-worthiest historic districts in Europe, Amsterdam is one of the most-visited cities in Europe. It was made for a relaxing day of walking or biking while in port, or if you've already seen the city highlights, consider a shore excursion that will take you into the Dutch countryside. Options include cheese farms, villages like Voldendam, a tour of windmills, and, of course, Keukenhof Gardens and its famous tulips (when in bloom) …

» Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon

Visitors to Amsterdam, feel the fear. Just how many ways were there to die in the old city? Find out at the Amsterdam Dungeon as you experience the city's horrible past - you'll encounter plague victims, suffer tortured screams as the Spanish Inquisition comes to town and hear the dying groans of scurvy-ridden sailors as their ship Batavia sails into the Doldrums. Drop through the darkness into the bowels of the earth on simulator rides and despair as you lose your way in the Labyrinth of the Lost …

» Amsterdam Historical Museum (Historisch Museum)

Amsterdam Historical Museum (Historisch Museum)

Amsterdam is a city crammed with museums and galleries, but for the definitive history of the city itself, head to the Historisch Museum, or the Amsterdam Historical Museum, located just off Kalverstraat shopping street. From its origins as a tiny, riverside settlement to the modern sprawling metropolis, the museum's permanent exhibitions trace the city's evolution. Exhibits feature everything from Dutch trading to bicycle use in the city, with special rooms focusing on WWII, gay rights and the city's famously liberal drug policies …

» Amsterdam Red Light District

Amsterdam Red Light District

Amsterdam's Red Light District (aka De Wallen) has been a familiar haunt for pleasure seekers since the 14th century. Though certainly not an area for everyone, the Red Light District has more to offer than just sex and liquor. For underneath its promiscuous façade, the area contains some of Amsterdam's prettiest canals, excellent bars and restaurants, and shops of all kinds. It also consists of windows with sexy girls, dressed in eye-popping underwear …

» Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

The miniscule but informative Tulip Museum is just across Prinsengracht canal from the Anne Frank House and has recently has a major revamp. The all-new displays take a colourful and cheery look at Amsterdam's obsession with tulips in the 17th century, when the bulbs were imported from the Himalayas and sold on the open market in The Netherlands. For years they were more highly prized than gold and prices became so over-inflated that the country nearly went bankrupt when trade in the bulbs collapsed in 1637 …

» Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)

Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)

It is one of the 20th century's most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family and their friends to escape deportation by the Nazis. The house Otto Frank used as a hideaway for his family kept them safe until close to the end of World War II. The focus of the Anne Frank House museum is the achterhuis, also known as the secret annex. It was in this dark, airless space that the Franks observed complete silence during the day, before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to their deaths …

» Artis Royal Zoo

Artis Royal Zoo

Established in 1838, Amsterdam's happily family-friendly Artis Zoo was the first to open in The Netherlands and covers more than 14 hectares (35 acres) of shady tree-lined pathways and landscaped botanical gardens in the Plantage. It combines 19th-century architecture amid hundreds of mature trees with a 21st-century approach to conservation, housing more than 900 species of animal, some in majestic 19th-century compounds. The most impressive of these is the Aquarium, which was built in 1882 …

» Begijnhof


On a visit to the Begijnhof, an enclosed former 14th-century convent, you'll discover a surreal oasis of peace, with tiny houses and postage-stamp gardens around a well-kept courtyard. Contained within the hof is the charming Begijnhofkapel, a "clandestine" chapel where the Beguines were forced to worship after their Gothic church was taken away by the Calvinists. Go through the dog-leg entrance to find marble columns, wooden pews, paintings and stained-glass windows commemorating the Miracle of Amsterdam …

» Binnenhof & Ridderzaal

Binnenhof & Ridderzaal

The Hague's Binnenhof (or Inner Court) complex is not only an important political hub - housing the official offices and meeting rooms of the Dutch Parliament and Prime Minister - but one of the city's most striking landmarks. Built back in the 13th century as a hunting lodge for the counts of Holland, Binnenhof centers around the Hofvijver or 'Court Pond' and includes the Het Torentje, 'the Little Tower' where the Prime Minister's office is located and the resplendent Ridderzaal, the 'Hall of the Knights' where the Queen holds her annual speech on Prinsjesdag …

» Body Worlds Amsterdam

Body Worlds Amsterdam

Dr. Gunther von Hagens is a controversial German scientist who invented a new method for preserving human tissue called Plastination and has subsequently made his fortune exploiting it. His acclaimed, but somewhat macabre, exhibitions have travelled the world ceaselessly for the last 20 years and in that time have been visited by more than 40 million people. Today Von Hagens has set up six floors of permanent home in the former American Express building in Amsterdam's city center; currently on show is Body Worlds …

» Bridge of 15 Bridges

Bridge of 15 Bridges, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for its canals and bridges - the city boats 165 canals and more than 1,200 bridges. One of the most popular bridges is known as the Bridge of 15 Bridges, named as such because it is the only place in Amsterdam where you can see as many as 15 of the city's bridges. While it is a great spot any time of day, it is particularly impressive at night when the bridges are illuminated. It is also considered one of the most romantic spots in Amsterdam. To spot all 15 bridges, make your way to Thorbeckeplein, which is adjacent to Rembrandtplein …

» Brouwersgracht

Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam

Topping off the western side of Amsterdam's plush Canal Ring and crossing into the bohemian enclave of the Jordaan, Brouwersgracht is an enticing canal lined with narrow, gabled townhouses and former warehouses with façades that tilt precariously forwards. Connecting the canals of Singel and Singelgracht, it has been voted the prettiest street in the city and its length is home to hundreds of houseboats moored chaotically along the bank. In the 17th century known for its tanners and brewers, the canal has lost little of its tranquil atmosphere …

Page 1 • Page 2Page 3Page 4

Hotels, B&B's, Resorts and Villas around the world

« THE NETHERLANDSDiscover the Netherlands • Amsterdam

Amsterdam Tours, Travel & Activities
Amsterdam Hotels & Accommodation

Magical Journeys to The NetherlandsAmsterdam Travel
Tours & Activities

Amsterdam Tours, Travel & Activities

Amsterdam is one of the world's best hangouts, a canny blend of old and new: radical squatter art installations hang off 17th-century eaves, BMWs give way to bicycles, and triple-strength monk-made beer is served in steel and glass cafes …

» AMSTERDAM Tours, Travel & Activities

Magical Journeys to The NetherlandsAmsterdam Hotels
& Accommodation

Amsterdam Hotels & Accommodation

Around 1200, Amsterdam was a small fishing village. It became a major trading city for northern Europe and the centre of a 17th century empire. Today graceful and elegant 17th century canal houses and museums co-exist with the Red Light district and travellers from around the world. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in the world …

The Netherlands Tours, Travel & Activities

» AMSTERDAM Hotels & Accommodation

» Travel Guides

The Netherlands Travel Guides