Visit to Amsterdam 2014
Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more
than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90
islands and 1,500 bridges.
The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht,
and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the
Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the
city, known as the Grachtengordel. Alongside the
main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.
The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht,
Herengracht and Jordaan, were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
The Museumplein, or Museum Square, is a public
space in the South District of Amsterdam. Located at
the Museumplein are three major museums: Van
Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk
Museum, and the concert hall Concertgebouw.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum in
Amsterdam in the Netherlands dedicated to the
works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.
The museum was founded in 1973. Its collection is
the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and
drawings in the world. In 2012, the museum had an
estimated 1,438,000 visitors, which makes it the
most visited museum in the Netherlands and the 30th
most visited art museum worldwide.
The Rijksmuseum is dedicated to arts and
history. It was founded in The Hague in 1800 and
moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first
located in the Royal Palace and later in the
The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art
and history, from their total collection of 1 million
objects from the years 1200–2000, among which
are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans
Hals, and Vermeer. The museum also has a small
Asian collection which is on display in the Asian Pavilion.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, also
known as Stedelijk, is a museum for
modern art, contemporary art.
The collection comprises modern and
contemporary art and design from the
early 20th century up to the 21st century.
It features artists such as van Gogh, Kandinsky,
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy
The Royal Concertgebouw
The Royal Concertgebouw is a concert hall in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Dutch term
"concertgebouw" literally translates into English as
Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the
Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest
concert halls in the world, along with places such as
Boston's Symphony Hall and the Musikverein in
Ann Frank House
The Anne Frank House, located on the
Prinsengracht canal, is a museum dedicated to
Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from
Nazi persecution with her family and four other
people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building.
As well as the preservation of the hiding place,
known in Dutch as the Achterhuis, and an exhibition
on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum
acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of
persecution and discrimination.
The Dutch Resistance Museum is located in
the Plantage neighborhood in Amsterdam.
Chosen as the best historical museum of the
Netherlands, it tells the story of the Dutch
people in World War II.
Permanent exhibit of the museum recreates
the atmosphere of the streets of Amsterdam
during the German occupation of the World
War II. This is an exhibition about the
everyday life during that time, but also about
exceptional historical events, resistance of
the population against the Nazis and heroism.
The Red Light District
The famous Red Light District is one of the
city’s oldest neighborhoods. It goes through
Warmoesstraat, Oudezijds Voorburgwal and
NEMO is a science center located at the Oosterdok in Amsterdam-Centrum, situated
between the Oosterdokseiland and Kattenburg. The museum has its origins in 1923,
and is housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano since 1997. It contains five
floors of hands-on science exhibitions and is the largest science center in the
Netherlands. From its roof, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.
Van Gogh Museum: http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?lang=en
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Entrance: 15€ / Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, Friday until 10 pm.
Groups: 85€ per max. 15 persons (entrance tickets excluded). Duration: 50 minutes.
Entrance: free under 19 years old / 15€ from 19 y.o. / Open daily from 9am to 5pm
Stedelijk Museum: http://www.stedelijk.nl/en
Museumplein 10 / Open daily 10 am – 6 pm / Thursday 10 am – 10 pm
Entrance: Adults 15€, Students (with card) 7.5€, Youth (18 years or younger) free
The Royal Concertgebouw: http://www.concertgebouw.nl/en/
Ann Frank House: http://www.annefrank.org/en/
Entrance: 9€ / Open daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, (Saturdays from 9am - 10pm).
In July and August the museum is daily open till 10:00 pm.
Plantage Kerklaan 61 / Entrance: 8€
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 17pm, Saturday Sunday Monday 11am – 17pm
Oosterdok 2 / Entrance: 15€ or 7.5€ (for students with card).
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.30.
From May to August, also open on Monday.
IMPORTANT: I AMSTERDAM CITY CARD
Unlimited public transports, free entrance to most museums, various discounts…