Amsterdam is a dream city, a kaleidoscope city. The embodiment of freedom, it is always different, but at the same time everyone will find here something for themselves. Amsterdam is unique and exclusive, with different interests for everyone. Bicycles, fairy cottages, delicious cheeses, legalized drugs and prostitution are a list of the most famous words about Amsterdam. What's true and what's not at all, as well as what places to see in a glorious Dutch town, will try to show you today.
So the list of the best tourist places in front of you:
The real treasury of the Netherlands and the best place to get acquainted with the history of the country. If you think what to look first in Amsterdam, you can start with the Rijksmuseum - at least, this is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. Here you will find not only paintings of Dutch masters of the Golden Age, but also exhibitions devoted to crafts and art. Well, small visitors will be delighted with the exposition of the 17th century doll houses, which completely reproduce the architecture and furnishings of the times of the Golden Age. The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. There will be an admission fee: an adult ticket costs € 17.50, for children under 18 years of age, admission is free.
Do not be confused by the word "tropics". Despite the name, there are no crocodiles with parrots, no aquariums with exotic fish. But this anthropological museum is one of the largest in Europe. At your service are eight permanent exhibitions, plus many temporary exhibitions of modern and traditional art and photography. So, if you want to get a closer look at the whole world palette of nations and cultures, then you are here! Worknig hours of the museum: from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00. On Mondays, falling out on holidays or vacation days - also from 10:00 to 17:00. On December 24 and 31, the museum is open until 15:00. December 25, January 1 and April 27 are days off. Ticket price: € 12.50
What is the trip to Amsterdam without seeing its famous canals? Do not be lazy and be sure to visit the most beautiful ones - Singel and Grachengardel. Take a walk along the canals, admiring old houses, so similar to the illustrations of children's fairy tales, or enjoy the magnificent evening view of the Dutch Venice from one of the numerous bridges. Get a lot of fun, and also absolutely free! For those who want to enjoy the views of Amsterdam from the water, there are available various trips by boat and an opportunity to take a guide on the captain's boat.
A vivid example of the originality and creative freedom of Amsterdam is the Python Bridge connecting the Sporenburg Peninsula and the Borneo Island. Futuristic wriggling design is especially colorful looks in the evening In the glow of the lights - an excellent, "unfinished" place for a photo to remember.
No less than canals and cheeses, the Netherlands is famous for its tulips. The best place to see all their diversity is the Keukenhof park. If you are thinking where to go in Amsterdam in the spring, then definitely worth the day for a trip to Keukenhof - it is outside Amsterdam. Here are planted 4.5 million tulips of hundred different varieties of all kinds of colors and shades, you will fall in love with the park! In addition, Keukenhof - an excellent place for walking and relaxing from the city bustle. Three greenhouses (with orchids, roses and daffodils with lilacs), canals, alleys, lawns and ponds - here everyone will find a corner for themselves, but if you are tired and hungry, then at your service are cafes and restaurants. Kökenhof Park from Amsterdam can be reached by a special Keukenhof Express bus (sent from Damrak Street). The cost of admission changes every year. Now an adult ticket cost € 16, for children 4-11 years old - € 8. For children under 3 years old, admission is free.
Whatever they say, but the Netherlands would not have been the Netherlands without the sea (it's no wonder that Peter the Great studied shipbuilding here). And then, where not in the shipping museum to get acquainted with the richest 500-year seaworthy history of this country!But even if you are not interested in paintings on the theme of the sea, then maps of the XVII century, weapons, ancient globes and navigational instruments certainly will not leave indifferent! Do not miss the pride of the museum - the richest collection of models of sailing and rowing boats. And in the museum docks, you can board a handsome Amsterdam ship (a copy of the ship of the East India Company) and personally see how the then navigators lived in campaigns.
The museum is a 15-minute walk from the Central Station and is open from 09:00 to 17:00 daily. The ticket costs € 15.
Even if you are not a fan of painting in general and Van Gogh in particular, do not be lazy to go to this famous museum. Bright, saturated colors of the paintings of the famous painter few people will remain indifferent. To learn more about the creative path of the great artist and to debunk stereotypes, we advise you to go on a unique tour "Understand Van Gogh", which was developed by the guide, relying on the works of art critics and psychiatrists. And if you want to understand what is so attractive in the paintings of Van Gogh connoisseurs of art, do not miss the excursion "The mystery of Sunflowers."A ticket to the museum costs € 17 for adults, for children under 18, admission is free (but you need to show proof of age). Working hours: from 09:00 to 17:00 (until 22:00 on Fridays). You can get to the museum from the Central Station by tram No.2 or No.5.
A windmill is one of the symbols of the country - along with tulips. But you can get acquainted with this symbol more in the town of Zanes-Schans, to which you can easily get from Amsterdam by bus or train in less than an hour.Zaanse-Schans is actually an open-air museum where you can see different types of mills, learn the principle of their operation and the arrangement of the mill mechanism. Many of them are still in working order today - knocking down oil or grinding grain. You can not only watch the process live, but at the same time and visit the classic Dutch farm, see how to make real Dutch cheese, and also - look into the workshop, where they cut out traditional shoes with the funny name "klopy".The Zaanse-Schans mills are open from 10:00 to 17:00. From Amsterdam, you can get there by bus number 391, which departs from the central station every hour (en route 40 minutes). On the train you will reach faster - in 17 minutes, but you will need to get off at Koog-Zaandijk station and walk 15 more minutes.
One of the best places to experience the spirit of Amsterdam is its largest street market, Albert Cuymarkt. Here you can find everything: from expensive cheeses to bicycle locks and traditional shoes of the Dutch - klopov. But even if you are not going to buy anything, just walk along the colorful rows, immersed in the unique atmosphere of Dutch humor and carefree.The market can be reached from the Central Station by tram No. 4, 16, 24 or 25. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00.
Residents of the Netherlands are not only very friendly and open people, they are also notable music lovers. In support of this - numerous concerts and performances, which the local organize in parks and outdoor areas. Another plus of such events - they are often held for free. Well, for fans of something more serious from September to June, concerts of classical music are held in Concertgebouw (on Wednesdays at 12:30). Also, certainly visit the National Opera and Ballet Theater - on Tuesdays artists give free day concerts there.
Do you wonder how recently the kings in the Netherlands lived? Then be sure to visit the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Today members of the august name use it only for official events and celebrations, so that the monarch's residence is open to ordinary tourists, good, there is much to see on the inside. Do not miss the chance to walk through the grand chambers of the palace and pay tribute to the magnificent sculptures, furniture and paintings of the XVII-XVIII centuries.The Palace is open for tourists from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. The admission price is € 10, for children entrance is free.
It so happened that the capital of the Netherlands for many is firmly associated with the standard "recruitment of tourists": mills-channels - coffeeshops - Quarter of Red Lanterns. And for some reason, few people remember Amsterdam's cathedrals, but in vain.One of the largest of these is the church of St. Nicholas. This majestic giant is located in the heart of the capital not far from Station Square. Believe me, it is worth it to examine it not only from the outside, but also from the inside. The luxurious interior in the Baroque style is impressive: stucco and gilding, mosaic, carved ceilings and stained glass. In addition to everything in the church operates an organ of the XIX century.The cathedral is open for visits on Mondays from 12:00 to 15:00, from Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 16:00 and on Saturdays from 12:00 to 15:00.
At first look, it may seem that this museum will be interesting only to frivolous women of all ages, but this is far from the case. The exposition presents not only modern versions of this popular accessory, but even bags of the Late Middle Ages! So if you want to see what the "ancestors" of your favorite clutch looked like would be curious for many.The Bag Museum can be reached from the central square by tram No. 9 or No. 4 (stop Rembrandtplein) or by tram No. 16, 24 and 25 (Keizersgracht stop).Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00. On January 1 and December 25 the museum is closed for visiting. On December 5, 24 and 31, the museum closes at 16:00.
If you have already visited all the "serious" attractions of Amsterdam, but you still are not enough, take a look at NEMO. This center is a real find for children of all ages.A huge five-story ship, filled to the top with all sorts of wonders, is a great place to give vent to fantasy and have fun. There are labyrinths of crooked mirrors, and real robots (by the way, you can even turn into an inventor and build your own for a while!), Games for knowledge of physics and chemistry, and a whole bunch of other things.The center welcomes guests from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30. From March 28 to September 4, 2016 also works on Mondays. The ticket costs € 15. For children under 4 years old and holders of Stadspas / I Amsterdam / Museumkaart cards are free of charge. The center of NEMO is easily accessible on foot from the central station in 15 minutes. Just turn left from the central entrance of the station and follow the signs for Route Oosterdok. There are also buses 22 and 48 (stop Kadijksplein).
Amsterdam, despite all its openness, still keeps its small secrets. It is about the famous inner courtyards of the city, where the uninitiated can not so easily get to. But there is a way out: you just need to visit the museum of the Geelvinck family, which is on Keizergracht Street.This museum is unusual in that here you can not only inspect the interiors, but also use them for their intended purpose, for example, sit in a cozy leather chair in the living room or look through the books in the library. And still have a stroll in the magnificent garden in the courtyard of the house (although it's more correct to say - houses, since the museum occupies more than one house, but several). Lush greenery, flowers, sculptures and a pond with a fountain - this is a real oasis for a tired tourist!