Amsterdam is one of Europes flourishing hotspots. Its beautiful architecture, attention-grabbing tourist sites, thriving nightlife and world-famous museums are a huge drawing card for visitors around the globe. Although the citys layout can be a bit confusing at first, the public transportation is well organized, making it easy to get around and see the famous sites. It is possible to get around by foot though and since Amsterdam is smaller than most European cities and the locals have a very laid back attitude, it doesnt take long to feel at ease.
Some of the beautiful sites to explore are the canals. Quite charming during the day, they come alive at night when the canal houses and bridges are beautifully illuminated. Amsterdam is also known for its windmills. There are eight in the heart of the city but only two can be visited. Grab a cup of coffee at one of Europes first coffee houses or take in a concert at the concert hall, which is housed in Europes first stock exchange.
Explore a few museums. The Museum of the Resistance provides educational and historical information about the Holocaust. You could also visit the home where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II. The Van Gogh Museum has a large collection of his work according to the different periods in his life. Prefer Rembrandt? You could tour the home where this famous artist lived for over twenty years. This house has been fully restored and displays over 250 of his etchings as well as a few paintings from his pupils. The Rijksmuseum is a State Museum and is by far the largest museum in the Netherlands.
Prefer a little shopping? Amsterdam's most famous day market is the Albert Cuyp. Its retained its old charm and is bustling with activity. The pulse of the city can be felt at Dam Square. This area is filled with markets as well as many street performers. Its also home to the Royal Palace, the War Memorial and the Nieuwe Kerk, which means new church. Dam Square is also home to many celebrations and street parties.
And then theres the Red Light District. This world-famous street is known for the hottest clubs and shall we say window dressings Amsterdam has to offer. And although it has a bit of a seedy reputation, its also home to world-class dining and very cool coffee shops. So whether you prefer the nightlife, museums or strolling through the streets, Amsterdam is a very unique city that offers something for everyone.