The Most Remarkable Attractions in Amsterdam
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Is there anything like cycling in wooden clogs along an intricate network of canals, with a vast of tulips sticking out of a rucksack also packed with cheese and chocolate? Right, well we’ve gotten the stereotypes out of the way in one go, and haven’t even gotten onto the coffee shops - which do sell coffee, without it necessarily being the main attraction - and the Red Light District, which doesn't need any more said about it... That said, most visitors are just rubber neckers, intrigued by the legality of the highs in the coffee shops and the salaciousness on the strip. Of course, the attractions in Amsterdam are high culture too, with museums and galleries showcasing Van Gogh and Rembrandt in this Venice of the North. The medieval relics really give a sense of a bygone time, allowing you to travel back to the days of yesteryear. Speaking of which, the Anne Frank House is frozen in time, providing a fascinating and poignant insight into the life of the diarist and Holocaust victim. Here at Plum Guide, we wouldn't call ourselves history experts, but we can definitely say we're travel experts, and when we curate a guide like this just for you, we suggest you heed our advice if you're hoping for a holiday to Holland to remember.
One of the best attractions in Amsterdam is the Rijksmuseum, although it’s not the easiest to spell. That said, we here at Plum Guide heartily enjoy a challenge, and set about spelling the place in the previous sentence. We did well. In any case, beyond the name itself, the museum provides an intriguing look at the story of the Netherlands. It goes back as far as the Middle Ages, and continues up to the 1900s, portraying everything from Rembrandt paintings to medieval relics. Wander through the scenic gardens to see the Asian Pavilion and the fountains. Make sure to see other impressive museums in the city too, such as the Body Worlds, the Moco Museum Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum.
This neighbourhood is an innovative response to the city’s housing crisis. The area had been lost to the sea. Born again however, it has been reclaimed. Hoorah. And since Amsterdam is all about the bikes, we’d recommend renting one of these two-wheeled contraptions as a way of exploring the futuristic layouts of Ijburg. Admire the impressive designs of the homes, many of which are built atop the waves. The Venice of the North earns it epithet here, as waterways replace streets in this exceptional residential hub. Appreciate the architecture known as Dutch neoplasticism, and cycle across the Nesciobrug, a bridge that connects the area to Amsterdam-Oost.
The Anne Frank House
You won’t go far in Amsterdam without hearing of the poignant beauty and sense of loss around the Anne Frank House. That is because the feeling of ‘never forget’ surrounds the attraction. It comprises the house where Jewish girl Anne Frank - famous for her wartime diary - hid from the Nazis in an attic. Like six million other Jews, she met a tragic end. Pay tribute to her by taking a tour of her temporary refuge and learning about her story. Study some of the belongings and exhibits scattered across this fascinating home.
The A’dam Lookout
It would appear that the misspelling of the name Adam is a hip shortening of Amsterdam. We at P-Guide approve... Head up to the observation deck for awe-inspiring views of the river and the city. Formerly the Shell Research headquarters, it looks like they realised the views are pretty unbeatable - why not turn it into a viewing deck? It’s now one of the most iconic attractions in Amsterdam. Grab a drink at the top, and watch the sun set over the city. Then, brave yourself for the swing that appears to zoom over the edge. Just don’t look down. (Jokes aside, do indeed look down, as that is the entire point.)
The second neighbourhood in this expert list, Jordaan is one of the most romantic and beautiful areas in Europe. Straddle along the side of the canals that stretch and sinew through the area, taking in the charm of the 17th-century houses. Stop in at the specialty shops, browse for antiques, and pop into the quaint cafés.
It’s time to head outdoors and make the most of the beautiful summer sun. Or…to wrap up warm in the frosty winter in Holland’s capital city. The Vondelpark is the emerald gem…oh, you try to think of a synonym for the green lung, if you’re so clever. Just kidding. This gorgeous park dates back to the 1800s, and is at the heart of much of the jogging, hiking and cycling that goes on in these parts. Relax with a picnic by the enchanting fountain, and think back on a trip well enjoyed.