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Things to do in amsterdam


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Old Amsterdam

Explore the medieval heart of Amsterdam, Oude Zijde (Old Side), for a taste of the city's gritty maritime past and today's vibrant Chinatown. 


Visit Rembrandt's wife's grave in Amsterdam's oldest church, Oude Kerk (dating back to 1250); take a guided tour of the regenerated Red Light District; visit the touching clandestine church of Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder; and light a candle in the He Hua Buddhist temple.


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Amsterdam South

Amsterdam Zuid (Amsterdam South) incorporates the Museum District and several residential suburbs, including De Pijp, which has developed into a vibrant, multicultural dining and nightlife hot spot. 


Check out the museums and Concertgebouw clustered around Museumplein; stroll to Vondelpark for a free concert; grab a tram to De Pijp for the Albert Cuypmarkt market, buzzing bars and jazz at the Badcuyp.


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Parks

Amsterdammers love their parks for dog walking, jogging, skating, picnics, live music, and musical, literary and film festivals. 


Pick of the city's 30 parks are Vondelpark, where you can join the locals in the Groot Melkhuis (Great Milk House) garden for brunch; Oosterpark, home of the annual Roots music Festival; and Park Frankendael with its period garden, landscaped grounds and excellent De Kas (The Greenhouse) restaurant.


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Eastern Docklands

Peaceful canal scenes are replaced with cutting-edge architecture and urban design in the regenerated Oostelijke Havengebied (Eastern Docklands), dominated by the iconic green hull of the NEMO science centre. 


Relive Dutch maritime history at the Maritime Museum; catch a free concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ or Bimhuis jazz club; admire the contemporary architecture and shops on KNSM and Java Island; and drink a beer in the windmill brewery Brouwerij ‘t IJ.


The Jewish District

Jodenbuurt (Jewish District) is where Jewish migrants settled in 16th century eastern Amsterdam, then a slum beyond the medieval city walls. 


Honour their heritage at the Jewish Historical Museum; take a free tour of the Gassan Diamond Works; and visit Rembrandt's old house, where he drew inspiration for his bearded Old Testament prophets from Jodenbuurt locals.


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