The capital city of Netherlands has some of the world-class art museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk museum of modern art. The bars, clubs, nightlife, and the Red Light District are as vibrant as ever, and make Amsterdam a place that is to be included on the hit list of any passionate tourist. No matter whether you are looking to shop around, check out the best restaurants in the city, or chill out in a marijuana-selling coffee shop, you will find yourself immersed in a city culture that has something for everyone.
Amsterdam city is a grade-A destination for international art and architecture lovers. The four hundred years old watery ways with bridges that outnumber those in the city of Venice makes the city quite beautiful. The streets and the connecting canals have many shops and cafes to explore too.
Exploring the Museums
There are many popular museums in Amsterdam and you can know more about the past of the city at the Amsterdam Museum, which was formerly called the Amsterdam Historisch Museum. The museum maps the last eight centuries of evolution of Amsterdam and features many idiosyncratic objects to amaze visitors.
After learning the history of city from the Amsterdam Museum, you can visit the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, which is a hidden and charming church in the Red Light District. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is a house church and a museum that is located on the top three floors of the canal house. Note that this is the best time to tour Amsterdam, as the church was recently restored to its seventeenth century glory.
Another important museum to visit during your Amsterdam tours is the Joods Historisch Museum, which is located in the Jewish Quarter. The museum is housed in four old synagogues and is filled with paintings, photos, and artifacts that explore the history of Judaism in Amsterdam and Netherlands. The child wing of the museum also has many interactive exhibits to educate the youth on Judaism and its influence in Amsterdam.
Visiting the Flower Market
Images of tulips, windmills, and cheese spring to our mind when we think of Amsterdam. However, beyond the clichés are some unique and interesting sights. You can visit the Zaanse Schans museum that details the symbolism and history of the clog and many other crafts of the city.
The Bloemenmarkt is a famous place from where you can buy tulips and flavorful cheese can be bought at the Reypenaer tasting room. There is also the tulip field at the Bollenstreek (meaning “Bulb district”), which is a place worth visiting. In fact, Bollenstreek is also called Bloemstreek or flower district of Amsterdam, and the bulb belt of Netherlands is home to the much popular Dutch tulip fields.