Amsterdam what to see, visit the Netherlands capital
What to see in Amsterdam, attractions and places to visit in the capital of the Netherlands with the waterways, also known as the Venice of the North.
Amsterdam, crossed by the River Amstel from which it takes its name, is also known as the Venice of the North for its many waterways. A’dam is the abbreviated term by which the Dutch call this vibrant city, relatively small, characterized by a maze of waterways and many bicycle paths, necessary for the presence of several bikes, means of transportation and a symbol of a lifestyle.
During the seventeenth century, the golden era of the colonies, was created a system of channels in order to expand the settlement beyond medieval. Considering the swampy nature of the terrain this solution enabled him to solve drainage problems and increase the available land, was also very useful for transporting goods that arrived in the port of the city from all over the world.
Today, the area comprised in the channels of the seventeenth century, inside the Singelgracht, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it was considered an urban plan unique. The majority of the buildings that houses were considered, works of historical interest for their architectural style.
Dam Square is the heart of the city, you can admire, Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) occur where the coronations of kings Dutch Koninklijk Palace, the Royal Palace, a grand building built in the seventeenth century, and the Dutch branch of the famous museum Wax London, Madame Tussauds. Near Dam Square is the Oude Kerk (Old Church), dedicated to St. Nicholas, in the Gothic style is the oldest building in Amsterdam.
Another beautiful square is the Nieuwmarkt (new market), where the atmosphere is cheerful and relaxed, lined with shops, cafes’ and restaurants. The most important building of the Nieuwmarkt is the Waag (weigh house), an imposing building that was part of the city walls. Among the museums to visit is very interesting the Rijksmuseum, collects a huge collection of works of art, including the famous painting “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.
Other museums worth mentioning are the Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Anne Frank House. To visit the Begijnhof, an old neighborhood founded in 1346 by a brotherhood of beguines who were dedicated to the assistance of the sick and elderly, the majority of the buildings dating back to the fifteenth century and the eighteenth century. In the Jewish quarter, full of synagogues, are the Rembrandt House Museum and the Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum).
Amsterdam is a unique city that, despite the continuous flow of thousands of visitors every year due in large part to the numerous and cheap flights to Amsterdam, his life has remained authentic. You can admire this city simply walking along the streets of the canal or sitting down at one of the many cafes of Amsterdam. But there are places not to be missed for a visit, and between them there are ring canal Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Begijnhof, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam Brown Café, Skinny Bridge, Amstelkring Museum, Civic Guard Gallery, Anne Frank House .
Places to visit in Amsterdam
The historic city center of Amsterdam consists of rings channel that give the feeling of space, freedom and peace. One way to see the city is to take a boat tour of the line or to rent a boat for a ride on your own along the channels. Other means to move easily is the bicycle that allows you to linger and admire each characteristic angle.
This is the largest museum in the Netherlands, with more than a million visitors each year. They are kept inside the most famous pieces of Dutch art, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals where you can perceive the main aspects of the Dutch national character. You can even see the Treasure Museum, doll houses and the traditional Delftware.
Van Gogh Museum
This modern museum houses some 200 paintings and 550 drawings by Van Gogh representing all its moods. This is the largest collection in the world, which includes hundreds of letters by Van Gogh.
It is a complex of 164 dwellings dating to the period between the fifteenth and eighteenth century. This site originally housed a brotherhood of beguines who, despite not having taken vows, devoted his existence all’assitenza elderly and sick people. Today they live here some older ladies with reduced economic opportunities along with some students attracted by low rents. The garden surrounding these old houses is characteristic and freely accessible.
It’s the oldest church in Amsterdam, in particular Gothic-Renaissance style and octagonal bell tower, which was consecrated in 1306 by the Bishop of Utrecht and is a tranquil haven in the heart of the bustling Red Light District and the red light district of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Brown Café
After a day’s journey is advisable to stop and enjoy a simple meal, a coffee or a beer at one of the many cafes Brown Amsterdam. Within these there is a unique atmosphere reminiscent of the past, with very friendly people and low prices.
It’s the wooden drawbridge most famous of the city of Amsterdam, built on the river Amstel in 1934. Every 20 minutes the bridge opens to let pass the passing boats.
Anne Frank House
House-museum in Amsterdam, located at Prinsengracht 263 numbers E265, where he lived hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands took place from 1942 to 1944, the Jewish family of Anne Frank. This hiding Anne Frank wrote her famous diary, whose original copy is exhibited here.