For such a compact city, Amsterdam packs a huge cultural punch. World-class museums, thriving nightlife, glorious parks and the picture-postcard Canal Ring mean you’ll never be short of things to do while visiting this modern, eclectic, cosmopolitan capital. Its size makes it very easy to explore, too, particularly on foot or by bike, with many of the top Amsterdam attractions located in and around the centre.
Gorgeous, expansive Vondelpark is an absolute must, as are Amsterdam’s ‘Big Three’ museums – the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the van Gogh – just five minutes to the east. You can get a good dose of history here too, whether you fancy taking in the ancient splendour of Oude Kerk, which dates back to 1213, or the Anne Frank Museum, one of the most important historical buildings anywhere in the world and a sobering reminder of the 20th century’s darkest hour.
But Amsterdam is also a city with its eyes firmly on the future. Noord, the neighbourhood just across the IJ from Centraal, has been revitalised by both the arrival of the EYE Film Institute and the recently refurbished A’dam Toren next door. Considering many other parts of the city centre have been given a similar lease of life, it’s no surprise tourist numbers continue to soar. Amsterdam is a rewarding destination that perfectly blends old and new and continues to enchant anyone who visits. These top attractions are what makes it so special.
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