Located in western Netherlands, Amsterdam is like a big village, lively and friendly. Singular homes, tranquil canals, street labyrinth, little shops and coffee shops will delight you for sure. Restful but full of life, this is a really nice city: have a break in Amsterdam !
As a true cultural capital, Amsterdam houses about 50 museums, covering many different topics. It is obviously impossible to visit all of them and that’s why we are offering the following small selection.
- The Van Gogh Museum: entirely devoted to the Dutch painter, we can admire a large number of works related to him. About 200 paintings, 500 drawings, 800 letters and 24000 books are exposed in this museum.
- The Rijksmuseum: a museum housing one of the most prestigious classics Dutch art collections, from paintings to sculpture and decorative art. There are about 200 exhibition halls; this is the most important museum of the country, then.
- The Stedelijk Museum: a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art housing a large number of works.
- The Anne Franck House: an interesting and very touching visit in a place full of history!
- The library of Amsterdam: one of the largest libraries in Europe. As beautiful as impressive!
On another note, we also recommend…
- The Bloemenmarkt: a flower market floating on the canal. Have a walk there and enjoy the pleasant and fresh scent that comes from it.
- The Albert Cuyp Market: a popular and convivial market where you can find anything you are looking for. Weather you want to do shopping or just out of curiosity, we definitely suggest you to go there. !
- The Vondelpark: a park located in the city centre! Between 2 visits, have a walk there and enjoy the flowers and waterways all around. Busy but convivial!
- The Dam: the best-known square in Amsterdam, where are located the Royal Palace and the New Church.
Where to go out during a break in Amsterdam?
The Brouwerij ‘t IJ, a real windmill where are nestled a small brewery and a bar. Whether to visit the brewery or taste some local beers, check it out!
The Bulldog Palace, the oldest coffee shop in Amsterdam. Since then, it has become a famous chain. Very touristic but unavoidable!
De Dampkring, a more authentic and very friendly coffee shop.
To have a drink in the middle of the afternoon or in the early evening, go to the Café Krom. A large selection of beers, a nice atmosphere and a jukebox!
If you want to party, go to the Paradiso! A cultural centre as well as a club nestled in a former church!
And what would be a trip to Amsterdam without going to the famous Red Light District? Beyond the famous windows, you should have a look to the Old Church. It hosts exhibitions, concerts and cultural events of all kinds.
Some small Amsterdammers pleasures
- To walk along the canals
- To rent a bike to explore the city
- To spend some time in a coffee shop
- To enjoy a beer testing
- To taste the Dutch cheese
- To get some tulip bulbs