Amsterdam is a beautiful and vibrant city that should not be missed. With its grand historical sites, buildings and tasty food culture, you will have a hard time leaving. There is so much to do and see that we had a difficult time pinpointing the best and most appropriate attractions for a 3-hour walking tour. In this blog, we want to give you a short introduction to our guaranteed sights that will be visited on our 3-hour walking tour in, but we also want to suggest some of our favorite attractions you should visit when you are not on our insightful tour.
Nova Fairy Tales 9 Guaranteed Sights
1. Anne Frank’s house
The Anne Frank house is one of the most popular sites to visit in Amsterdam. In this house, Anne and her family hid for two years during the Nazi occupation in World War II. We will not be going into the house, but we will be walking past it and talking about the story of Anne Frank and her family. If you plan on visiting the museum, remember that the queue can be very long and we recommend that you book in advance here.
2. The Jewish Quarter
This area contains many historical buildings that preserved and managed by the Jewish Cultural Quarter. We recommend that you visit some of the buildings and museums that are dedicated to the Jewish religion and the Holocaust. During our walk through this area, we will go through the history of Judaism in Amsterdam and point out to some of their historical sites and memorials.
3. Dam Square
Dam square was created in the 13th century and has become one of the most well-known and important places in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Dam square has become a “national” square that is known to everyone living in the Netherlands. On this square, many celebrations have been held, tragedies have occurred and so much more.
4. Royal Palace
On the west end of Dam Square lies the neoclassical Royal Palace. The palace is one of three palaces that are at the monarch’s disposal by Act of Parliament. It was initially built as a city hall but later became a residence for the Dutch Royal family. Today, many events and receptions are held there, and it is open almost all year around for the public.
5. Nieuwe Kerk
Beside the Royal Palace, you will find Nieuwe Kirk or New Church, a 15th-century church. Nieuwe Kerk is a protestant church but was originally a Dutch Reformed Church parish. However, the church no longer hosts church services, but the building is used as an exhibition space and for Dutch Royal ceremonies such as weddings and investitures. The church almost burned down entirely in 1645 but was rebuilt in a Gothic style.
6. Jordaan district
This lovely neighborhood was initially a working-class area but has now become one of the most charming neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The narrow streets and quaint buildings make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. In this area, we will walk past wonderful antique shops, galleries, beautiful gardens and much more.
Westerkerk, or Western Church, is a Reformed church placed in the heart of the city. The church was built in the 17th century in a Renaissance style and the architect, Hendrick de Keyser, is buried in the church. If you get the change, you should climb up to the top of the tower, the highest church tower in Amsterdam. There, you will get an extraordinary view of the whole city, and it’s a great place to snap pictures and selfies. The church comes up in Anne Frank’s diary as she saw the tower from her attic and it brought her a source of comfort. A memorial statue of Anne Frank is located next to the church.
8. The Begijnhof
The Begijnhof is one of the oldest inner courts, or hofjes, in Amsterdam, with beautiful historical buildings and the oldest one dates back to the year 1528. It used to be home to the Beguines, a group of unmarried religious women who chose to live together. We will leave the stories and rumors up to our insightful tour guides.
9. The Nine Streets
The Nine Streets is named after the nine side streets that connect the main canals in Amsterdam, and this canal ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010. The Nine Streets is a wonderful place to stroll around and admire all the beautiful shops, cafés, and restaurants.
Other Wonderful Attractions
If visiting Jordaan and the Jewish neighborhood isn’t enough for you, you should visit the fantastic neighborhood ‘De Pijp’ or the ‘Latin Quarter’. It is a vibrant district, and there you will find amazing international restaurants due to the inhabitants that come from different cultures and nationalities.
If you love street markets, you need to visit Albert Cuyptmarkt, and it is located in ‘De Pijp’ district. It is the largest street market in the Netherlands with over 300 stalls, and you will be introduced to the multicultural Amsterdam.
Usually, when people hear Amsterdam mentioned, their minds wander off to the Red Light District….. and the famous coffee shops of course. However, the area has a charm of its own and a friendly atmosphere to it. It is not as dangerous as it used to be, but please be aware of taking any photos there, that might get you in trouble. In the district, you will find plenty of sex shops, peep shows, sex museum and so much more.
If you want to get your culture on, you should visit Museumplein. The Museumplein square is home to Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. The square that is located between the buildings is usually bursting with activities of some sort. The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch National Art and History museum with art and historical artifacts from Dutch culture and history. The Van Gogh museum has the most extensive collection in the world from the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. In 2017, it was the most visited museum in the Netherlands, and because of its popularity, we recommend that you book your ticket in advance. The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art has a big collection of modern art, contemporary art, and design.
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