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Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. The city is very popular among tourists. Many of them visit Amsterdam for famous museums and make a canal tour. Famous museums are Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Other tourists visit Amsterdam for the coffee shops and Amsterdam red light district, although the government is working on closing the ‘windows’. Other places of interest are Anne Frank House, Dam Square and Artis zoo. Besides the sights there also are many events. Famous events are King’s Day, the Gay Pride and Amsterdam Dance Event.

The central location of Amsterdam in the Netherlands make the city also a good place to stay. From Amsterdam tourists easily can make day trips to other cities and tourist attractions. Click here for more information about Amsterdam day trips by public transport.

Amsterdam has a wide range of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants. And in the evening you can enjoy nightlife. Click here for a list with the top 10 things to do in Amsterdam. Scroll down for a longer list with Amsterdam attractions and sights. Do not miss it and visit Amsterdam.


Amsterdam Royal Palace


Amsterdam canal houses


Amsterdam Rijksmuseum


Amsterdam history

Amsterdam started as a dam in the river Amstel that became a fishing village in the 12th century. In the Middle Ages it became one of the most important ports in the world and by that the city expanded. The world famous canals are from the 17th century and in 2010 added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Prosperity of the city declined during the war with England and France, but at the end of the 19th century new museums and stations were built. The city expanded again until the First World War. During the Second World War the city did not suffer from bombings like Rotterdam did. Nowadays Amsterdam has a population of over 800.000. New suburbs contain many public parks and open spaces and the new Amsterdam business district is the Zuidas.


Amsterdam red light district


Amsterdam canal cruise


Hermitage Amsterdam


 Amsterdam map

Zoom in on the map, click the icons for more information and see free walking tours in Amsterdam. Visit Amsterdam and walk one of the tours to see most sights:

  • Free tour Amsterdam: City Centre (red)
  • Free tour Amsterdam: Canals and Museums (pink)
  • Free tour Amsterdam: Jordaan (purple)
  • Free tour Amsterdam: Plantage (dark red)


Amsterdam attractionsAmsterdam architecture & historical buildingsAmsterdam culture
Anne Frank HuisBegijnhofConcertgebouw
Artis (Tickets)Beurs van BerlageRAI (events)
Canal cruise (Tickets)Centraal StationStadsschouwburg
Heineken Experience (Tickets)De Dageraad (architecture)Stopera
Madame Tussauds (Tickets)Dam (square)Tuschinksi (cinema)
De Krijtberg kerk
Amsterdam museumEntrepotdokNightlife in Amsterdam
Amsterdams Historisch Museum (Tickets)Grachten (canals)Heineken Music Hall (concerts)
Hermitage (Tickets)Koninklijk PaleisJordaan
Joods Historisch Museum (Tickets)Magere Brug (bridge)Leidseplein
Museum AmstelkringMuiderpoort (gate)Regulierdwarsstraat
Museum Willet-Holthuysen (Tickets)MunttorenRembrandtplein
NEMO Museum (Tickets)Museumplein (square)Ziggo Dome (concerts)
Rembrandthuis (Tickets)Nationaal Monument
RijksmuseumNieuwe KerkAmsterdam shopping
Scheepvaartmuseum (Tickets)Nieuwmarkt (square)Albert Cuyp Markt
Stedelijk MuseumOlympisch StadionKalverstraat
TropenmuseumOost Indisch HuisMagna Plaza
Van Gogh MuseumOude KerkP.C. Hooftstraat
Het Schip (architecture)
Parks in AmsterdamSchreierstoren (tower)
AmstelparkSint-Nicolaas Kerk
Amsterdamse BosWaag
Hortus BotanicusDe Wallen