The 5 Best Travel Destinations in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canals at Night - The Best Travel Destinations in Amsterdam

If you are traveling to the Netherlands, Amsterdam is more than likely one of your top destinations to see while you are there. Amsterdam is rich in history, one might immediately conjure images of tulips and clogs but there is so much more to world’s most liberal city. This city is known the world over for its picturesque beauty as well its openness to travelers. We have listed below some of the places that should be on your to-do list when visiting Amsterdam. Without further ado, let’s look at the 5 best travel destinations in Amsterdam.

5 Best Travel Destinations in Amsterdam in No Particular Order

  • Rijksmuseum

This Amsterdam classic is known for housing some of the world’s most famous Dutch masters, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. Perhaps the most famous work housed in the museum is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. The museum is the most popular in The Netherlands and consistently ranked among the top museums in the entire world!

  • Canals

An absolute must for anyone visiting Amsterdam is to take in a stroll along the world-famous canals. Originally used to bring goods in and out of the city from the storehouses that lined the canals. Today, those storehouses have mostly been converted into the picturesque homes. Also be on the lookout for houseboats! The canals are a great way to explore Dutch culture and are absolutely free! If you’re interested in more info on the history of the canals, be sure to visit the Museum of the Canals.

  • Anne Frank House

Entering the space where the Frank family lived for 25 months is a stirring experience. Winding your way up the back stairs into the tiny space the Frank family occupied during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands and Amsterdam is an awe-inspiring experience. Imaging a young girl coming to terms with the occupation of a world she once knew from the confines of a handful of tiny hidden rooms. Because of the historical significance of Anne Frank’s home, the house has been perfectly preserved. The educational center that is attached is an absolute must during your time in Amsterdam. Be sure to get tickets in advance as they can sell out well in advance.

  • Vondelpark

This 120 acres park located on the western side of Amsterdam is a quintessential stop on a Sunday afternoon in town. A quick walk from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, the park was founded and developed around the same time as the former. Once reserved for the city’s elite, it is now enjoyed by everyone as often as the weather allows. Take a bike ride, jog, or walk around the park and you’ll be sure to see dozens of Amsterdammers enjoying a sunny afternoon along the parks many paths and handful of lakes. Pack a picnic and make an afternoon of it!

  • Maritime History Museum

Located on the eastern side of the city, the Maritime History Museum (or Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Dutch), is a beautiful museum housed in old navy barracks. The Dutch were one of the first to conquer the world’s seven seas and their maritime prowess is a source of pride. With the majority of their country below sea level, the Dutch were almost required to take to their boats to survive. This created a society that has always relied heavily on their use and respect for the ocean and waterways that crisscross the country The museum is dense with information, but also features an impressive collection of model boats and a replica pirate ship for the kids to enjoy and explore!

Rich in history and beauty, Amsterdam is truly a gem of a city to visit while in the Netherlands, and Europe in General. We hope you were able to gain some insight into things to do and places to see on your trip. If you found this information helpful, please share by hitting your favorite social media button below.

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