Sightseeing

Top 5 Ways To Get Around Amsterdam

Getting around Amsterdam is easy, most things are within easy reach on foot but sometimes you may want to give your feet a rest and try a little local locomotion!

The GVB network is well integrated enabling you to buy one ticket and travel across any bus, train, tram, or metro though the metro is only really used for going to the suburbs. By far the easiest way to get around the city is on foot as many of the attractions are within walking distance of one another; travelling on foot allows you to absorb the ambience of the city and offers no restrictions.

Amsterdam Dungeon – A fun, yet scary adventure back in time

Ideally located within the heart of the city centre and just minutes away from the bustling Dam Square, the Amsterdam Dungeon allows visitors the opportunity to journey back in time and explore some of the city’s more terrifying history. Live actors, fantastic special effects and a roller coaster ride make this attraction an interactive, exciting and, at times, quite frightening experience which should not be missed.

Begijnhof

The Begijnhof is one of those really rare sights to see, especially given the ever-developing modern metropolitan setting of Amsterdam. It is one of the oldest inner courts in the city – and the only remaining one, for that matter. Once you’re there you’ll come across a range of breathtaking 14th-century typical Dutch buildings; they are private houses in vast majority – still occupied today, so you have to remember to respect the privacy of the residents although the entry itself is free. Apart from that, the place is also a home to the English Reformed Church, so you can expect to see daily masses, weddings and baptism ceremonies taking place.

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House of Bols

To say that a visit to the fabulous House of Bols is something truly special is a great understatement. This place won the prestigious Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition and Experience of 2007, thus proving that it is well-able to bring the best of both worlds – the past – rich in history and tradition, and the present – abounding with innovation and state-of-the-art ideas. This place is not only a museum or an exhibition, it is an interactive experience aimed at stimulating all of your senses, with the main theme of bright and colorful drinks and bartending. As you can imagine, the fun is addressed at 18+ audience, so make sure to have your ID with you to make you able to discover the amazing world of vivid colors, intense fragrances and remarkable tastes!

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Hortus Botanicus – Amsterdam’s answer to botanical bliss

Experience tranquil surroundings in the heart of the busy city centre. Located in the Plantage district Hortus Botanicus is a great outing for all ages and includes a three-climate greenhouse and a butterfly greenhouse. For a more impressive and picture perfect outing we recommend a summer visit when the garden is in full bloom.

Amsterdam City Tour – A delightful morning exploring a fascinating city

The city of Amsterdam is truly fascinating and a place brimming with history and culture. Boasting stunning churches, impressive buildings, picturesque canals and even a Royal Palace, there really is something for everyone. One of the best ways to explore the vast collection of sights and attractions is by taking one of the fabulous city tours, which provides an effortless blend of fun and education.

Nemo Science Centre, Amsterdam – A fun packed day out at a truly interactive museum

Set within an iconic green building and located upon Amsterdam’s Oosterdok, just minutes away from Central Station, the Nemo Science Centre offers a fun packed, educational experience for all ages. Boasting five floors of science and technology, this interactive museum is definitely worthy of a visit.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Surprise. Innovation. Thrill. Progressiveness. Controversy. Distinctiveness. A collection of random associations? Not really, for actually all of the abovementioned ideas will instantly spring to your mind after a visit in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum – the place to be if you’re looking for some quality excitement with contemporary art and design as the main theme.

The Canals of Amsterdam – A magic boundary of the Venice of the North

Water has always been an important element and a crucial factor in shaping the economy and the way of life of the Dutch. No wonder that the Golden Age era (the 17th century, to be more precise) enabled Amsterdam to take full advantage of all the technological advancement of the time. As a result, what was initially designed as an efficient system of land irrigation and water drainage has become a beautiful landmark blooming with fantastic historic sights, as well as a range of ever-surprising contemporary attractions. After all, UNESCO can’t be wrong with entering the Canal Ring (or the Grachtengordel, as the Dutch say) into their World Heritage List in 2010. No other city can boast anything similar, so let us take you on a brief textual tour and highlight the most important features of this amazing wonder.

National Maritime Museum

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of Amsterdam? Most people will probably say ‘dikes’, ‘canals’ or ‘houseboats’ and there is a point to such answer, as this city has always been strongly connected with life on the water. No wonder that the award-winning National Maritime Museum (or Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Dutch) shall absolutely make it to your travel agenda as a place devoted precisely to everything that contributed to the power of the Dutch over the seas of the world.