Oude Kerk is the city’s oldest building, built in the 13th century by Catholics (then ransacked by Calvinists during the Reformation) and still holding huge importance to Amsterdammers. It might be like no where you’ve ever visited before – around 2,500 gravestones greet you when you walk through the door. Learning about its very turbulent history is fascinating in itself, but the venue is now a cultural centre in its own right, hosting exhibitions and gallery days from a load of international artists.
It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a seriously fun city. And the heart of the fun? That’s the Red Light District. The area is known for its sex shops, strip clubs, coffeeshops and huge gaggles of loud inebriated tourists, but we’ll let you in on a little secret – there’s a whole load more happening than just that.
You might not even know that the most popular, De Wallen, is only one of Amsterdam’s red light districts. And you might not know that it’s the oldest area in Amsterdam. Yep, we’re talking about tons of great sights and attractions, from museums to galleries, and from vintage shopping to the country’s most treasured church. Our Amsterdam experts have scoured it for the hidden gems that make it great. Here are our top picks.
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