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Tourist information

Tourist information
Amsterdam has a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sights of which we have listed a few for your interest. We give you some examples for site seeing during your stay in Amsterdam. For other ideas you can always visit the Tourist Information Office.

Tourist Information
Noord-Zuid Hollands Koffiehuis (nearby Amsterdam Central Station on Stationsplein 10)
Open daily
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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The State Museum (Rijksmuseum)
Jan Luijkenstraat 1
www.rijksmuseum.nl
Daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

One of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world is the Rijksmuseum – The State Museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings and objects of material culture, prints and classic photography. Presently rebuilt and modernized, the museum remains open with a smaller but truly wonderful exhibit called “The Masterpieces”, which lets you see the top highlights of the Rijksmuseum collection.

 
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Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Two buildings of interesting architecture, one by Dutch master Gerrit Rietveld, another by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, house world’s richest collection of one of the greatest painters in human history - Vincent van Gogh.

 
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Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)
Prinsengracht 267
www.annefrank.nl
Daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (till 10 p.m. on Saturdays)

A hidden annex of Amsterdam canal house, where two Jewish families hid from persecution by the Nazis from July 6, 1942 until their betrayal in August 4, 1944, is one of the most popular visiting places in Amsterdam. It is here that Anne Frank, only 15 years old at the moment of her death in the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, wrote her famous diary. You may visit the modest hiding rooms of the annex, but also see an original of the diary and an exhibition about the time of hatred brought on people by the Nazis.
 
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Old Church (Oude Kerk)
Oudekerksplein
www.oudekerk.nl
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
On Sunday because of religious services the Old Church opens for visitors: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

This old church with little houses clinging to its sides, remains a calm heaven at the heart of the freneric Red Light District. Its buildings, especially the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, was used by sailors to get their bearings.

 
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Dam Square (De Dam)
The Dam is the very centre and heart of Amsterdam, although there are arguably prettier sights in the city. As an historical site however, it is fascinating and worth taking the time to appreciate. The Dam has seen many historical dramas unfold over the years, and was for example, the reception area for Napoleon and his troops during the 1808 take-over of the city. The impressive history of the square is well documented in the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) which dominates the square, was originally used as the town hall and its classical facade and fine sculptures were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In contrast to its turbulent history, the square is now a peaceful place and is home to hundreds of pigeons and tourists resting their tired feet.
 
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Beguinage (Begijnhof)
Is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A narrow, vaulted passageway leads to this charming garden surrounded by old houses. The houses in the courtyard were once occupied by devout celibate Béguine nuns and are still home to single women today. In the centre of the lawns is a medieval church and at No.34 stands the oldest house in Amsterdam. The entrance is on the Spui and is indicated by a carved sign. Entry is free, but you must be quiet!
 
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Albert Cuyp Market (Albert Cuypmarkt)
The Albert Cuypmarkt is arguably the best-known and busiest outdoor market in Europe. It attracts thousands of visitors every day, and is especially popular on Saturdays. There are over 300 stalls and goods range from fresh produce, to clothes, to odds and ends, with prices among the cheapest in Amsterdam. The market is located in the Pijp district, surrounded by many pleasant cafes and small shops. There is another number of regular street markets in Amsterdam.
 
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Amsterdam Canals (Amsterdamse grachten)
The number of canals have led Amsterdam to become known as “The Venice of the North”. And thus, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a boat cruise. A canal tour can be both fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated. The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. There are also numerous smaller canals in the neighbourhood of Jordaan, of which the Brouwersgracht, the Bloemgracht and the Leliegracht are especially pleasant.

A boat cruise over the Amsterdam Canals takes about one hour. You can also book a Hop on, Hop off ticket. There are lots of organizations who will take you for a boat trip, for example Lovers, Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Blue Boat Company. The boats have their stops at the Amsterdam Central Station and in the middle of the city centre. 

 
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Artis Zoo (Dierentuin Artis)
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
www.artis.nl
Daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Right in the center of Amsterdam, you can also find the oldest Zoo of Holland. It consists of four main areas: Zoo, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Geological and Zoological museum. In the zoo itself you will find animals from all over the world. In addition, a unique canal aquarium shows you which animals roam the canals of Amsterdam. The planetarium offers children a trip through the universe. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues of contemporary artists and aswell as an impressive, tropical rainforest greenhouse. The Geological museum shows you how the planet has evolved over the past 4 billion years.

 

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