Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and lies in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city is never boring and lives 24 hours a day. Amsterdam is known for its museums, the red-light district, its many cannabis coffee shops and the beautiful historic canals.
Some of the famous attractions in Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum is a museum of art and history displays a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a collection of Asian art. The Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. There is nowhere else in the world where you can see so many paintings by Vincent van Gogh in one place.
There is also the Anne Frank House another major attraction that people want to see when visiting Amsterdam. This is a monument in memory of Anne Frank and her family who lived during the Second World War.
You could also check out Amsterdam’s very own Madame Tussauds. In this museum you will find life size waxworks of known and famous people.
Besides visiting museums, you can also go shopping in Amsterdam. Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and the PC Hooftstraat are three of the most popular places to shop with a wide range of shops and department stores you’ll find everything you’re looking for. If you are looking for unique shops you need to go to the 9 straatjes (9 streets). Here you’ll find special designer shops, art galleries, jewelers, fashion boutiques and gift shops.
Amsterdam is a multicultural city and has different restaurants, such as Indian, Spanish, Italian and French. If you want to eat a Dutch traditional meal you can go to ‘Greetje’. This restaurant can be found in one of the most beautiful districts of old Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has a vibrant and diverse nightlife. Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein are the two main nightlife areas. Amsterdam has many cafes. The typical Bruine Kroeg (brown cafe) has an older fashioned atmosphere with dimmed lights and candles. Most of the cafes have terraces in summertime. Amsterdam also possesses many discothèques. The popular discothèques are the Escape and Club Home.
Amsterdam celebrates a lot of festivals. Examples are Koninginnendag (Queen’s day) and Gay pride. On Koninginnendag thousands of people travel to Amsterdam to celebrate the Queen’s birthday on the 30th April. Amsterdam Gay Pride is a yearly local parade of boats in Amsterdam’s canals, held on the first Saturday in August.
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By Elske Hollemans