Exploring the Culture, history and beauty of Amsterdam

travel makers mdAmsterdam is one beautiful country, filled with canals and bridges, beautiful scenery and buildings that are propped up on 11 million wooden poles. Tour the country on a bicycle and stop for a brew, but however you do it, it must be on your list of places to see.

  1. Anne Frank Museum: When it comes to the history of Amsterdam, visiting the Anne Frank Museum is a must-see. This young Jewish girl went into hiding to escape the Nazis and, during that time wrote in her diary. You can explore her hiding place and wander around hallways, stairs and rooms where she lived. Learn about her helpers and her family.
  2. Van Gogh Museum: Vincent Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter, born in the Netherlands and known for his famous Starry Night painting. This museum is a tribute to Van Gogh’s short life (he died when he was only 37 years old after shooting himself him in the chest). There are exhibitions, guided tours, lectures and workshops, so there’s plenty to see and do. Every November, there’s a Museum Night, where there are parties and activities.
  3. Heineken: Grab a Heine! Heineken was born in Amsterdam and now you can enjoy an interactive tour of their first built brewery.
  4. Royal Palace Amsterdam: You can’t visit Amsterdam and not visit the Royal Palace. The Palace is in active use by the Dutch Royal House. For most of the year, it’s open except on days where there are royal events.
  5. Bridge of Bridges: Stand there because if you stand in one particular spot at the crossing of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht, you can 15 arches into the distance.
  6. The Leidseplein: Get out and get busy! Leidseplein is a nightlife mecca and that once served as a parking lot for horse-drawn traffic. The Stadsschouwburg is a theater building located here that dates back to 1894. You can buy tickets for shows, including children’s performances.
  7. The Vondelpark: Become one of the more than 10 million people who visit Vondelpark every year. The Vondelpark, located only five minutes away from Leidseplein, named after a Dutch poet, Joost van den Vondel, and became a governmental monument in 1996. You can skate, bike or walk, whatever suits you.

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