The Oud-Zuid neighborhood in Amsterdam is home to Museumplein, the public square with some of the top museums in the city. If you are an art lover, a trip to Oud-Zuid is a must for that and many other pleasurable things. The same goes true even if you are a shopper planning to splash liquid cash or window shop. When on a trip to Oud-Zuid, make sure to come prepared for a shopping spree, museum hopping, and some workouts for the body.
Must-Visit Museums in Museumplein
The public square in the Dutch neighborhood is home to Stedelijk Museum, Moco Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Diamond Museum, and Rijksmuseum. Stedelijk Museum houses several modern artworks and has exhibit floors that are laid out for visitors to watch and appreciate each work of art, sit somewhere and contemplate on that. If you are an art connoisseur, you may compare and contrast the paintings in Stedelijk with some of the antique works of similar media.
If you are into contemporary works of art, Moco Museum’s collection of paintings and graffiti will evoke a sense of appreciation, especially its Salvador Dali exhibit. On the other hand, the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum highlight the works by Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. If you are into fashion, the Diamond Museum, which is dedicated to the history and making of diamonds, is worth exploring when on Amsterdam tours.
Shopping at Fashion and Jewelry Boutiques
The Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat makes this neighborhood an ideal shopping destination. The street in Oud-Zuid is home to boutiques of world-famous fashion houses, jewelry shops, and luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Armani, Cartier, and Montblanc. The price tags of a vintage bag to carry a luxury writing instrument could either be a source of inspiration to window shop or take the bait. For further plans to shop wine, chocolate, or clothing, you can visit Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam’s Old South neighborhood.
Bicycling the Rijksmuseum Tunnels
The Garden of Rijksmuseum or its collection of works of art is not the only thing the museum has to offer. If you are in the mood to pedal your way through its street level underpass on a bicycle, feel free to do that – this tunnel even features performers and musicians often to add to the delight. It will be a unique way to appreciate the architecture of the museum building, pedaling through which, you will wonder where one passage starts and another passage ends.