Attractions in Amsterdam

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Photography Amsterdam
For photography fans

Amsterdam is a haven for photographers, and not just because its so picturesque.

Photography galleries, museums and festivals abound here, pick of the bunch being FOAM, Huis Marseille, Edouard Planting Fine Art Photographs, Rockarchive gallery, the annual World Press Photo Exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk and Unseen Photo Fair in Westergasfabriek.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
For art lovers

The Netherlands has given the world some of our greatest artists: Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Piet Mondrian among others. Pay homage to these and more at the magnificent Rijksmuseum, which chronicles 800 years of Dutch history through 8,000 artworks and artifacts.

Across Museumplein from the Rijkmuseum lie the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, the latter boasting an exhaustive collection of international modern art. The Rembrandthuis Museum celebrates the work and life of the great artist while the Hermitage Amsterdam is Western Europe's sole independently-managed branch of St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.

Contemporary art lovers should visit the visionary de Appel Arts Centre and Cobra museum.

musiclovers in amsterdam
For music lovers

You can enjoy performances of every genre at venues across Amsterdam, many of which also offer free concerts.

  • Listen to free music at the 125 year-old Concertgebouw (12.30pm on Wednesdays)
  • Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (one Thursday each month)
  • Blues & rock in café Maloe Melo (entrance is free on weekdays)
  • Central Public Library (often free rectitals)

For more contemporary music with intellectual exchange, drop into Melkweg or Paradiso, housed in a former church. The swanky Hotel Arena hosts live bands in its popular nightclub.

Friday Night Skating Amsterdam
For outdoorsy types

There's plenty to do outdoors in Amsterdam, from hiring a bike or a boat to ice skating along the frozen canals or joining Friday Night Skate, a free, three-hour roller skate city tour, which starts at 8.30pm in Vondelpark and ends in the pub.

Be sure to visit the expansive Artis Royal Zoo and pretty Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Gardens).

Five Activities for history & culture buffs

1. Learn about Amsterdam's rich history and culture at the innovative Amsterdam Museum.

2. Swot up on the construction of the UNESCO World Heritage canal belt at the interactive Het Grachtenhuis Museum.

3. Marvel at Amsterdam's clandestine churches, museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and the Begijnhof chapel.

4. Appreciate the lavish lifestyles and art collections of wealthy 17th century merchants in the Van Loon & Willet Holthuysen museums.

5. Buy tickets for the unmissable Anne Frank House online to avoid lengthy queues.

Begijnhof in Amsterdam