Things to do in Amsterdam (TOP 5)
Amsterdam is the best known attraction for visitors to The Netherlands. It is not only the capital of the Netherlands, but also its biggest city. The city offers an amazing experience of Dutch architecture and beautiful canals. What are the top 5 things to do in Amsterdam? This article offers you some suggestions…
1. Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House (or Achterhuis) is named after the Jewish wartime writer Anne Frank. During the Second World War she and her family were hidden from Nazi persecution in an old Amsterdam house. Unfortunately towards the end of the war the Frank family was betrayed and discovered by the Nazis. Eventually she died from typhus and exhaustion in a Nazi concentration camp, right before the war ended. Anne wrote about her experiences in her diary, which was published after the war by her father Otto Frank and became a best selling novel.
The Anne Frank House gives you an impression of the life of Anne and her family, when they were hiding from the Nazi forces. Every year the house receives more than 1.2 million visitors from all over the world.
2. Amsterdamse Wallen
The Amsterdamse Wallen (or Red-light District) is the largest and oldest red-light district of Amsterdam. This part of the city was built in the 14th century A.D, when the town was a port. With all the seamen coming and going of seamen, many women came to offer what they wanted most: a night of comfort with them. The name Wallen (Dutch for ramparts) is derived from former presence here of the city walls.
Besides the red lit rooms of legal prostitutes, this part of the city lies in the center of Amsterdam. It offers the visitor many historical buildings, coffeeshops, bars and restaurants. If you would like to learn more about the city’s history, there is a wide range of guided tours to book. Definitely one of the things to do in Amsterdam!
The Vondelpark is the biggest park in the city center of Amsterdam. The place is a perfect place to visit during spring, summer and fall. Many tourists, but also local people, like to hang out here and the park often has musical festivities on offer. It even has its own open-air theatre, usually without charge. Besides this there are many hostelries where you can enjoy lunch or dinner. Every year around 10 million people visit the Vondelpark.
4. The Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt House Museum (Museum Het Rembrandthuis) is named for the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Rembrandt’s oeuvre contains many masterpieces, for example, The Night Watch, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp and Belshazzar’s Feast. The museum is in the original house where Rembrandt lived and worked between 1639 and 1656. You can see what it used to look like, because its 17th century interior has been reconstructed. The museum’s collection contains Rembrandt’s etchings and paintings by his contemporaries.
5. Our Lord In The Attic
Our Lord In The Attic (Museum Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder) is a clandestine church housed in three 17th century houses. The Dutch state tolerated other religions, but did not allow them to worship in public. That’s why the church was not permitted to be visible from the street. Among other artefacts the church contains heavy Dutch furniture, tableclocks and two kitchens lined with Delft tiles. Its atmosphere surprises every visitor and that’s why it’s an absolute must to see!