Things to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands and sometimes called "the Venice of the North". With its 1300 bridges criss-crossing over the winding canals and houseboats parked along the banks and gabled houses on cobbled streets, it is the perfect place to do a walking tour or a romantic canal cruise.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city centre.
Amsterdam has more than 60 museums. The Rijksmuseum has extensive collections of Dutch Impressionist art, including Rembrandt’s Night Watch.
The Van Gogh Museum features the works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It has the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.
The Stedelijk Museum is a museum for classic modern and contemporary art. The original red brick, Neo-Renaissance style building also houses a collection of photography and design objects.
The Maritime Museum, with the replica ship Amsterdam berth on the waterfront and with its outstanding collection and unique seventeenth century building, gives you a moving and inspiring experience of Dutch maritime culture.
Anne Frank House not only shows the hidden rooms and the thoughts of a young girl in an evil time, but acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.
More things to do in Amsterdam are available from the link in the upper right corner.
Information about places in the Netherlands that can be visited on a day trip from Amsterdam.
A day motorcoach trip to Brussels and Antwerp in Belgium is easily done from Amsterdam.