The canals, the red lanterns, the open-air markets, the artistic districts, the boats, the tulips and all that’s worth seeing in Amsterdam.
The Netherlands is … bloated and we are gathering the ten best experiences you have to experience in spring in Amsterdam, its capital.
The historic center of the canals
The “ring” of concentric channels in the historic city center is the reason why Amsterdam is called “Venice of the North”. On foot, a bicycle or a tourist boat, you can explore the beautiful canals, with sloping buildings, whose architecture gives a different character to each channel. UNESCO has proclaimed the city’s Canal District, a global cultural heritage as the world’s first artificial canal district.
The Red Light District
You will have heard a lot – and probably a walk in the Red Lantern district will confirm everything. Here, around the central canal, sex showers continue to attract the attention of passers-by, coffee shops and traditional “brown cafés” are sinking from people, but the neighborhood remains safe, clean and … the occasion for a nice ride during of the day.
The squares of Amsterdam
If the architectural charm of Amsterdam extends around the canals, the daily life breathes around its squares: It is worthwhile to venture into the square Dam with the great shopping, the Royal Palace, the most popular with the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein with the dozens of bars and clubs or in Nieuwmarkt, Westmarket and Noordermarket with the old markets. The largest open-air market in Amsterdam is Albert Cuypmarkt, with hundreds of stalls with local products.
The Van Gogh Museum
At the famous Museumplein of Amsterdam, the “Museum Square”, the Van Gogh Museum is a prominent place. It houses more than 200 paintings and 550 drawings of each … season and mood of the Dutch, a pure painter. Along with the letters he wrote, works of his contemporaries or inspired by him and interesting information about his life, here you will learn everything about the famous artist.
The largest museum of the Netherlands, also in the “Museum Square”, hides all the artistic treasures of the “golden age” of the painters, with works by Rembrandt, Vermer, and other 17th century masons. You will still see sculptures, antiquities, traditional furnishings, ship models, and … dollhouses.
Anna Frank’s house
What would you say to Anna’s “hiding place” in the place where she wrote her famous diary during the Second World War? In a small house on the edge of the Jordaan area, there were two families left behind by the Nazis for two years. On the exhibits of the House is also included the original calendar.
The Jordaan neighborhood
Of the most artistic neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Jordaan was once the city’s “ghetto”, where only immigrants and poor laborers lived. When in the last decades the authorities decided not to ruin the neighborhood but to show its distinctive character, artists, students and the bohemian community of the city collapsed creating a neighborhood full of beautiful cafes, shops and galleries in all streets linking the three main channels of the area.
The most famous park in the Netherlands is the greenest part of the city, a huge park in the south, hosting over 10 million visitors each year. When weather is fine, here are organized outdoor concerts and other happenings.
A narrow pass from the Kalverstraat main shopping street leads to this oasis of tranquility in the heart of Amsterdam. It is one of the most beautiful courtyards of the city, protected by old buildings – in the 34th Park is the oldest building in the city. Green, open-air sculptures, a beautiful chapel and an eerie tranquility that intensifies from the use of the complex as a monastery and a part of the hospitality of women, make up a small medieval surprise in the city center.
The Garden of Europe
Renowned gardens Keukenhof Gardens is a small paradise … or rather a great paradise as it is on the list of the world’s largest gardens. Also known as the Garden of Europe is a garden of over 7 million flowers and more than 800 species of tulips in a vast area of 32 hectares (79 acres). More than 700,000 people visit it all year round and admire the millions of flowering daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. The garden is open to the public from mid-March to mid-May.
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