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Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House (267 Prinsengracht) is the most popular tourist
attraction in city. Visiting is a sad experience, made even more
melancholy by the knowledge of Anne Frank's death shortly before her
concentration camp was liberated near the end of World War II. Visiting
this museum is heart wrenching. As you walk from room to room, you will
begin to feel that you are an observer watching the unfolding of a
horrible story. Touring the house, reading the placards, and watching
the short films takes about an hour, you are likely to be mentally
exhausted by the time you finish. There is only one route through the
house and most visitors, riveted by the displays, take their time while
learning the significance of this tribute to bravery in the face of
repression. Visiting hours are between 9AM to (PM between April to
August and from September to March between 9AM to 7PM.
tours and cruises
You haven’t seen city, without a canal cruise! A canal
tour is a real pleasure, sail with a beautiful private saloon boat
through the 165 canals, alongside 2500 house-boats and under 1281
bridges through the Amstel, Waterland, the IJsselmeer, Pampus and other
destinations in Holland. There are several tour operators everywhere in
the city, and find one that suits your budget and time.
This is the commercial and economical part of city. Here you will
find a lot of shops in pedestrianized zones all leading to the most
important square of the city "Dam". On this square you can admire the
National Monument, New Church and Royal Palace.
City is renowned as a biker’s paradise and it is a great
way to explore the city. Cycle through the parks, see the famous
Paradiso concert venue, the Skinny Bridge, the festive Rembrandtple and
afterwards, cycle along the Amstel River into the surrounding
countryside where you will get to see a traditional Dutch Windmill and
also visit an authentic cheese farm and clog factory.
Rijksmuseum showcases the finest collection of 17th-century Dutch works
of art in just one wing of the massive Neo-Gothic building (the
museum's architecture alone is a sight worth seeing). "The
Masterpieces" exhibition features paintings by Dutch masters Rembrandt,
Vermeer and Frans Hals, and a stunning collection of fine Delftware,
silver and other artifacts.
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience of your visit to
city. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh's
paintings in the world. The displays provide the opportunity to keep
track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works
by other artists from the 19-th century. The museum also holds an
extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19-th century
art history. Open 10am to 6pm.
Definitely schedule a trip to the Begijnhof which is an enclosed
courtyard, surrounded by small houses, dating back to the 14th century.
With one house dated to 1465, the Begijnhof maintains one of the oldest
wooden houses in city.
The pavillion is a special greenhouse (because of the temperature
requirements of the butterflies), that will house about a 1,000
butterflies The pavillion measures 1,000 square meter, and is designed
to give you the impression of walking outside. There is a special
cabinet where the cocoons and the caterpillars (some of which have
bizarre shapes) are housed. It hopes to be able to grow butterflies by
itself in the future, but for now the cocoons are flown in from other
parts of the world.
Compressed between two other canal houses, on the Singel a very narrow
house is trying to survive. All canal boat tour guides will point out
to this remarkably tiny house and just imagine what rooms must be in
here and how they are filled with what kind of furniture. Here the
mother can never say to her child "don't sit to close to the
television, my dear" as getting further away is just plain impossible.
Enter the psychological whirlpool of the Dungeon and prepare
to be overwhelmed by true stories of historical horror, spine-chilling
rides and gruesome displays. Find yourself propelled into the dark ages
and an era of torture, disease and death. The origins of the Grim
Reaper are traced here and discover its true meaning and brevity in the
darkness of the Dungeon
PLACES FOR KIDS
Constructed out of a former traffic underpass,
Park is an indoor
paradise for children ages 1-12 years old. The playground offers 4000
m2 of unlimited fun, creativity and adventure. Children can climb,
jump, build, dance and burn off snacks on TunFuns massive slides,
trampolines, soccer field, crafts corner, kid’s disco,
inflatable city street, climbing wall and more. Vondelpark,
largest park of the city is by far the most popular with visitors and
locals alike, especially during summer and on sunny winter days. The
park is always alive with skaters, joggers and all sorts of street
performers. Nemo houses loads of experiments and exhibitions inside its
giant green hull on Oosterdok. No matter your background you will learn
something new and have fun while doing it. The four floors of Nemo
stimulating scene. Children of different ages have fun with giant soap
bubbles, experiment in the chemistry lab or produce videos and music in
the Media Lab. Keeping city wild since 1838, Artis
mandate is to educate the public on natural history. It has evolved
into a zoo complete with botanical gardens, aquarium, planetarium and
research facilities. At
Elleboog children, youngsters
can learn circus acts and there are also performances. The Cat Boat
provides shelter to stray and abandoned cats…on a houseboat!
Smack dab in the middle of the canal belt and on the beaten path,
it’s probably the most photographed shelter in the world. Noah's
was inspired by a dream of a man, Johan who with his son
completed the arc in 2007. After people enter onto the Ark, elephant
footprints on the floor will lead them through the Ark. First people go
to the bottom floor and enter into a cinema that seats about one
hundred fifty persons. The movie shown there brings to memory the story
of the flood and together with the church benches people are brought
back to thinking about faith more.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The church is known as the place where the coronation of the Head of
State as well of the national Remembrance Day service on 4 May takes
place. The most recent great event was the coronation of Queen Beatrix
on 30 April 1980. The church is no longer used for services. Antique
fairs, art exhibitions and regular organ concerts take place here.
Strangely enough this church has only a small tower instead of a high
Sephardic Jews fleeing Spain and Portugal during the 16th and early
17th centuries established a neighborhood east of the center that
became known as the Jewish Quarter. Because of the ongoing
Dutch-Spanish conflicts, they called themselves "Portuguese Jews" to
avoid association with the enemy of their new home. In 1665, they built
the Portugees-Israëlietische Synagoge, an elegant Ionic-style
synagogue within an existing courtyard facing what is now a busy
During the sixties when city was divided between Nozems (greasers)
and Provos (hippies) the Leidseplein was the major Nozem hangout, and
thus a very cool place. Nowadays the area has deteriorated a bit, with
an abundance of fast food, travel agencies and money changers.
Nonetheless, the Leidseplein itself is a pleasant enough small square
with a large tree-shaded terrace in the middle. During summer the
square comes alive with street performers; everything from jugglers and
fire-eaters to percussionists, mime players and clowns.
Botanicus - De Hortus
The Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanic gardens in
the world. Today, there are more than 6,000 plants growing in the
garden and greenhouses. Originally, the Hortus was a medicinal herb
garden, founded in 1638 by the Amsterdam City Council. At that time,
herbs were of vital importance as the basis of medicines and the city
had just experienced a plague epidemic. Doctors and pharmacists trained
in the preparation of prescriptions at the Hortus.
At first sight, the Royal Palace on Dam Square doesn't look very royal
or majestic at all, which is understandable because Jacob van Campen
designed this building in the 17th century as the new city hall. When
King Louis Napoleon came to city in 1808, he had
the city hall turned into a royal palace. The large collection of
Empire style furniture, chandeliers and clocks date from this period.
After Louis Napoleon left, the building remained a palace. Although the
palace is still the official royal residence, the Royal Family lives in
The Hague. However, Queen Beatrix does host official state receptions
and ceremonies here.
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