Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.
And if you are staying for longer, consider a daytrip from Amsterdam to see also the surrounding towns and villages. They are full of attractions. If planning to settle in Amsterdam for some time, definitely try a Dutch language course to not be an outsider.
Amsterdam tourist attractions
Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, but there is much more. Amsterdam has over seventy museums which attract millions of visitors each year. See our suggested itineraries to explore these attractions.
To understand the basic knowledge about Amsterdam and The Netherlands read some interesting facts and information about this beautiful city and country.
One of the world's great museums the Rijksmuseum with its magnificent exhibit of more than 8000 works, including those of masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens is today one of Amsterdam must-see attractions. The Rijksmuseum collection is constantly enriched and this state owned museum was only couple of years ago thoroughly modernised. The Rijksmuseum bookshop and a small sculpture garden on the museum's sides are freely accessible. The Rijksmuseum terrace located at the back of the museum is a pleasant place to sit in warm seasons while the Museumplein while the square adjoining to the Amsterdam three most important museums becomes each winter a lively skating space.
Coffeeshops in Holland are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis and are strictly regulated and taxed. Furthermore, coffeeshops must not sell to anyone under 18 and they must not sell more than 5g to any customer. Hard drugs are strictly prohibited. Pictures of coffee shops