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The Amsterdam Traveller has collected a selection of videos from various authors detailing the attractions of Amsterdam with descriptions.  To give the visitor various travel options with available tours, travel tips, getting through the city and beyond with metro/train, the cheapest options whenever possible and much more relevant information.

There are views of famous monuments and well known Amsterdam attractions. Including the Coffee Shops, the Red Light District and many more attractions. Touring companies and other relevant information will be given, but for travel details check holiday apartments and here for Amsterdam hotels.  Other European cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid and Prague can be viewed here  and click this for Paris.

Some districts of Amsterdam:

Dam Square

Dam Square is part of the historical centre of Amsterdam and its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city. Dam Square is roughly rectangular in shape, and links the streets Damrak and Rokin, which run along the original course of the Amstel River from Centraal Station to Muntplein (Mint Square) and Munttoren. A short distance beyond the northeast corner is the main red-light district, de Wallen.

On the west end of the square is the neoclassical Royale Palace, which served as the city hall from 1655 until its conversion to a royal residence in 1808. Next door is the 15th-century Gothic Nieuw Kerk (New Church) and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The National Monument, a white stone pillar erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II, dominates the opposite side of the square.

Nieuwmarkt

The New market is a square in the centre of Amsterdam near Central Station. The square is located in Amsterdam’s Chinatown, next to the De Wallen (Red Light District) the region has lots of historic architecture. There are over 20 cafés and coffee shops facing the square. The Nieuwmarkt is dominated by a building known as De Waag, originally a gate in the Medieval city walls but was converted into a weighing house after the walls were demolished in the 17th century.

The square was created when the canals around De Waag were filled in 1614, and was used as a marketplace. In World War II the square was used by the Nazis as a collection point for Jews who had been rounded up to be sent to the concentration camps. There was heavy rioting in 1975 when buildings were to be torn down to make way for a metro system and a highway. Because of the protests the highway was abandoned but the metro was constructed and Nieuwmarkt is now a station on the Amsterdam metro (subway) system.

Ref: Wikipedia – Martin Dunford (2010). The Rough Guide to The Netherlands.

Jordaan

The Jordaan is one of the most popular areas in Amsterdam, with the markets, the ‘nine streets’ – filled with lovely boutiques, cafés and restaurants – the Anne Frank house, Westekerk and Dam Square all close by.

Originally a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan has become one of the most expensive, upscale locations in the Netherlands. It is home to many art galleries, particularly for modern art and is also dotted with speciality shops and restaurants. Markets are held regularly at Noordermarkt, the Westerstraat and the Lindengracht. Rembrandt spent the last years of his life in the Jordaan on the Rozengracht canal. He was buried in the Westerkerk church, at the corner of Rozengracht and Prinsengracht, just beyond the Jordaan. The Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank went into hiding during World War II, is located on the edge of the Jordaan on the Prinsengracht canal.

 

De Pijp

The Pijp is located directly south of Amsterdam’s city centre and it is part of ‘Amsterdam-Zuid’. De Pijp is one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts of Amsterdam and this is visible in both the stores and the restaurants that can be found here. It is very central and a short walk away from the famous Museum Quarter and is the most luxurious part of Amsterdam. De Pijp has some fantastic restaurants, shops and of course the Albert Cuyp markt. Other attractions like the Canal Belt, the Dam Square and the Anne Frank House are very easy to reach with public transport. The former Heineken brewery is located here and next to the Marie Heinekenplein there are lots of bars and cafes, as well as the near Gerard Douplein. Along the canal ‘Ruysdaelkade’ there is a small red light area.

Vondelpark 

Vondelpark is the largest and most famous park in Amsterdam and has many open air concerts and events all year round. It is located in the south of the city (Oud-Zuid) and has about 10 million visitors every year. Within 5 minutes walking distance is the popular Leidseplein with its clubs, bars and restaurants. Also in the neighbourhood is the Museum Square where Van Gogh and Rembrandt reside. Behind the Rijksmuseum is a large area used for various events including the Uitmarkt cultural festival held every August and becomes a skating rink in the winter. The museums can be reached with Tram 2 or 5 from the Spui or by the Museumboat.

Rembrandtplein

Rembrandplein is centrally located near the major shopping streets and Amsterdam’s famous Flower Market. The plein is well known for its gay scene, excellent restaurants and cocktail bars. Two movie theatres, including the famous Art Deco Tuschinski theatre, are across the street.

Rembrandt Square was renamed to honour Rembrandt in 1876 and a statue of the famed Dutch artist stands in the centre. The Square is one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant night-life areas, surrounded by bars, restaurants and clubs. Not far from the Square, you’ll find Amsterdam’s largest concentration of gay and lesbian bars situated near the Amstel River.

Leidseplein

One of the busiest centres for nightlife in Amsterdam is the Leidseplein. The plein and the surrounding streets are full of great bars, restaurants, cafes, theatres, dance clubs. Street performers are often found on the square. From Mid November until Christmas the Leidseplein also has an outdoor ice rink and many carts selling typical Dutch pastries and Poffertjes (small pancake balls filled with cream). On the square the following landmarks can be found: theatre Stadsschouwburg, comedy club Boom Chicago, Rock venue’s Paradiso & Melkweg, American Hotel and the night club Jimmy Woo.

The Oosterdok

The old Harbour of the Oosterdok port is located directly to the east side of Amsterdam central station. The Oosterdok is partly re-developed with new buildings being built with great architectural value along the IJ river, naming the Amsterdam Library and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, home of the famous Jazz Venue Bimhuis. The area also boasts proximity to a number of important museums and tourist attractions including NEMO, the National Maritime Museum, Rembrandt House and the Scheepvaarthuis a high point of the Amsterdam School of Building. The Nieuwmarkt square, Waterloo square, Red light District and China Town are also little more than a stone’s throw away.

The Canal Belt

Amsterdam’s historic canal belt has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites

The Herengracht and the Singel are two of the most central canals in Amsterdam’s Canal Belt. The Singel encircled the city in the Middle Ages and was the boundary of the old city. The Herengracht is the first of the three major canals in the city centre of Amsterdam the other two are the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht. There are many medieval houses lining the canals especially along the Prinsengracht.

 

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