Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world! With it's picturesque canals, world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.
Despite being relatively small, Amsterdam has all the advantages of a big city: Culture, history, entertainment, great public transport. Thanks to the canals which flow through the city and serve as thoroughfares, road traffic in central Amsterdam is fairly limited.
Tourist attractions in Amsterdam
A five-minute walk down the Damrak from Central Station brings you to Dam Square, bustling with both locals and tourists day and night. Dam Square was created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the river Amstel to prevent the Zuiderzee sea from flooding the city. During the sixties, Dam Square was known for its hippies, and that laid back and relaxed character lives on.
Along with tulips and windmills, the global image of Amsterdam is one of a city entwined with water and canals. Since it's development in the 17th century, Amsterdam’s canals have grown to be one of the world's most unique urban landscapes.
The famous ‘skinny bridge’ across the river Amstel and opposite of the Carré theatre is an classic Dutch-design wooden bridge known as a double-swipe (balanced) bridge. Legend holds that the bridge was named after the sisters Mager, who were said to live on opposite sides of the river, and had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another. It appears more likely that the bridge acquired its name from being so narrow (mager means skinny in Dutch), that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one along another.
Amsterdam Zoo (Artis Zoo)
Holland’s oldest zoo is located in the center of Amsterdam. It consists of four main areas: the Zoo, the Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens and the Geological and Zoological museum. In addition to the main exhibition of animals from around the world, a unique canal aquarium shows you which animals live in the canals of Amsterdam. The planetarium offers children a trip through the universe. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues by contemporary artists as well as an impressive, tropical rainforest greenhouse. The Geological museum shows you how the planet has evolved over the past four billion years.
The stone church - Oude Kerk - the oldest building in Amsterdam - is located in the heart of the city.
Amsterdam - Albert Cuyp market
The market began trading in 1904. Today, over 300 stalls line both sides of the Albert Cuyp Street in the De Pijp neighborhood. You’ll find everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and spices to clothes, cosmetics and bedding - all at very favorable prices. In fact, the prices at the Albert Cuyp market are among the cheapest in Amsterdam.
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam. It is also the most famous park in the Netherlands, welcoming nearly 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is centrally located south of Leidseplein near the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as tourists, and is always full of people enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller skating, listening to music, people-watching or just relaxing in the grass.
In the summer, free concerts are given at the open-air theater or at the park's bandstand. Other attractions are the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with its playground for children, and the historical Pavilion featuring the Vertigo restaurant and its popular summer terrace.
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