Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area (and almost two and a half million inhabitants in its metropolitan area), it is the country’s largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative center. Amsterdam derives its name from the city’s origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel”. In the past, the name was “Amstelredamme” which later changed as “Amsterdam”. Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 7 million international travellers annually. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller’s taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.
Where to Eat Local Cuisine
Gartine – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Our products come directly from our own vegetable garden! We support the Adopt a Chicken Foundation and work with organic eggs. On our map you will also find authentic regional products that meet the criteria of the Slow Food organization.
Omelegg – De Pijp – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – As pioneers we do eggs as an eggspert should! Specialized in omelettes, using fresh ingredients prepared on the spot, your day can’t start any better.
Restaurant Black – Veg Friendly – Expect pure quality and un-Amsterdam service in an Instagram-worthy setting! Where big culinary brother Black & Blue focuses on signature steaks and Bistro Brasserie Bleu on golden oldies from French cuisine, our third culinary descendant BLACK Amsterdam stands for best of both worlds! We are located in the heart of the working-class area of the Jordaan, you can hardly get it from Amsterdam.
Bar Bitterbal – Are you ready to try over 25 varieties and curious to know what all the fuss is about? You’ve come to the right place! We are Bar Bitterbal, the first place with the largest selection in the world of the perfect bar snack.
De Silveren Spiegel – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Elegance, tradition and hospitality. These are the ingredients of one of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants, de Silveren Spiegel (the Silver Mirror). The restaurant dates from the Dutch Golden Age, the 17th century, and has never been more renowned
for its delicate approach to traditional Dutch cuisine, than under the present ownership of Francesca and Jim van der Hoff.
Cafe Sonneveld – Veg Friendly – Welcoming Jordaan eatery with a view on the Westerchurch. Café Sonneveld does have exactly what the typical Jordaan cafes are known for: a warm Amsterdam welcome, brown interior and lots of Dutch “gezelligheid”; not translatable but so much as “cosiness”. You will find this lovely eatery in the heart of the Jordaan area at the corner of Egelantiersgracht and Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat. The cafe has a sunny terrace, from where you could see exactly the Westerchurch.
Top 6 Tourist Spots
World’s largest van Gogh collection. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the many art museums in the Netherlands dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Van Gogh House can be visited in Zundert, a museum in Van Gogh’s old residence.
WWII teenage diarist’s house museum. The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.
The narrow canals and streets of trendy Jordaan are flanked by indie boutiques, cozy pubs and hip eateries. Stalls at the Noordermarkt square market offer jewelry, clothes, antiques and organic food. Antiques Centre Amsterdam sells vintage ceramics and paintings, while smaller galleries in the area focus on innovative contemporary art. Other attractions include the Houseboat Museum and the Amsterdam Cheese Museum.
Interactive beer museum & tour. Interactive tour through beer giant’s history in former brewery, with a tasting room finale.
The Bloemenmarkt was the world’s only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city’s southern canal belt. It has 15 souvenir and gift shops, with only a few still selling fresh flowers.
Unusual Things to Do in Amsterdam
The Torture Museum in Amsterdam reveals the dark history of a time when justice was meted out by sticks and spikes. It is composed of a few darkly lit corridors and prints displaying tortures throughout the past. These prints are explained in a variety of languages for all types of visitors.
Though cats typically avoid water at all costs, the felines of De Poezenboot, “The Cat Boat,” seem perfectly at home on their floating sanctuary.
Thousands of books crowd the shelves of the largest art history library in the Netherlands, creating what resembles a wallpaper peppered with colorful bindings. Beams of sunlight spill through the windows, bathing the books in a soft glow. A spiral staircase curls in the corner like a metal ribbon, letting bibliophiles and art history buffs wind their way throughout the different levels.a
Looming tall over the Amsterdam North skyline, the Skydeck at the top of the 22-floor tower offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Amsterdam’s city center. At the Skydeck you can find the highest swing in Europe. With a safety harness you swing back and forth at a dizzying height of nearly 100 meters above Amsterdam.
In 1985 the same year that Jack Herer published The Emperor Wears No Clothes, his famous book explaining the benefits of cannabis and hemp, the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum opened its doors in, appropriately, Amsterdam.
Owned and operated by pony-tailed artist Nick Padalino, Electric Ladyland can be found underneath the similarly-named street-level art gallery, Electric Lady. Electric Ladyland is the world’s first (and seemingly only) museum focusing solely on the magic of fluorescent light.
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