Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Situated in the Northern Province and renowned for its architecture, canals, bars and brothels, museums and Van Gogh, Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. Amsterdam saw its golden age in the 17th century which had the world’s first stock exchange, its conflict with Spain, and decline in 18th and 19th century. Amsterdam is a popular destination among travelers interested in arts, music, museums, fashion, shopping and tourism. The city has numerous paths for bikes as cycle is popularly used to travel around. Amsterdam has rich heritage of art and the various museums include the Van Gogh museum with works by the famous artist, the Rijksmuseum which houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer and the museum for modern art located at Stedelijk.

Location: North Holland province

Climate: Oceanic climate. The weather is unpredictable, so always carry something for the rains. Summers and spring are cool, so light clothes will do while winters are very cold so heavy warm clothes are must.

Accessibility

Metro, tram, bus: 6 tram routes and 4 metro routes

Ferries:GVB ferries

Bus: Connexxion and EBS

Rail: Eurolines - Amsterdam Amstel railway station, IDBUS - Amsterdam Sloterdijk railway station, and Megabus - Zuiderzeeweg

Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Points of Interest

Van Gogh Museum

Location : Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ AMSTERDAM

Timings: All days 9AM–6PM except Friday - 9AM–10PM

How to reach:

Public Transport:

Trams and Buses are available from Amsterdam Central Station

Tram 12 from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk available that stops at Museumplein

Tram 5 from train station Amsterdam Zuid WTC, available that stops at Van Baerlestraat

Dedicated to the legendary Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh and his fine work in the world of drawings and paintings, this historic national arts museum is situated at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam. Designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokaw, this museum was opened in the year 1973.The museum showcases more than 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters of Vincent van Gogh and also works of his contemporaries. Some of the popular works of Vincent Van Gogh like The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1889), Self-portrait (1888), The Yellow House (1888), Almond Blossom, 1890 are the main attractions of this museum. There is an elliptical exhibition wing and the newly added glass entrance hall at the back of the building that add to the architectural charisma of the museum. The museum offers a unique experience not only in terms of art but also feel and ambience and a must visit if you are on vacation to Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

Location: Prinsengracht 263-267.

Timings:

Monday               9AM–10PM

Tuesday              9AM–7PM

Wednesday         9AM–7PM

Thursday            9AM–7PM

Friday                 9AM–7PM

Saturday             9AM–6PM

Sunday               9AM–10PM

How to reach:

Walk-20 minutes’ walk  from the Central Station.

Tram-Trams 13, 14 and 17

Bus- buses 170, 172 and 174 - the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.

Anne frank was a Jewish writer who was sent to the concentration camps by the Nazis after hiding for about 2 years in this house. After her death she became famous because of the dairy she wrote when she was in hiding. Her diary was published as novel by the name of The ‘Secret Annex'. The house still reflects the past and carries the atmosphere of those turbulent times. Numerous quotes, photographs and documents belonging to the people who were hiding and those helping them are on display. Visitors can also go for a virtual journey of the house and get an exceptional experience. 

Rijksmuseum

Location: North Holland Province

Timings: Daily 9AM–5PM

How to reach:

From Central Station: trams 2 and 5, stop at Rijksmuseum tram stop

From Zuid Station you can take Tram 5

Tram 12 that stops at Museumplein tram stop can be taken from Sloterdijk Station

From Amstel Station, you can take tram 12 or metro to Weesperplein, then tram 7 or 10 that stop at Spiegelgracht

Buses are also available from the Marnixstraat regional bus station and from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Located near the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the national museum of Holland dedicated to arts and history. It hosts 8000 historical artifacts, by artists like Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer and many more. Opened in 1885, the museum was designed by the great designer Pierre Cuypers. The 80 rooms of the museum are a tribute to the 800 Golden years of Dutch history. The look of the museum has been changed and now the visitors can view the art works along with experiencing their beauty as if they are travelling in time. Do not miss this alluring experience on your visit. 

The National Maritime Museum or Scheepvaartmuseum

Location: Kattenburgerplein

Timings: Daily 9AM–5PM

How to reach:

By foot:20 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.

By Public transport: Bus 22 (Indische buurt) and bus 48 (Borneo eiland) - the Central Station

By boat-Canal Company: Canal boats -every 30 minutes

By car: The A10 ring road North and take exit S116 (IJ tunnel).

This museum was once a naval storehouse and is an important landmark in the marine history of Netherlands. It hosts historical naval artifacts like, paintings, scale models, weapons and world maps. Built in 1656 this museum was and designed by the Dutch architect Daniël Stalpaert and later moved to the current building in 1973. The museum has been renovated recently and a glass roof has been installed on the inner courtyard giving an extraordinary look to the place. LED lights have been placed strategically in the roof and are lighted in the evening to give a look of the star lit sky. Visit the place for an enthralling experience! 

The Heineken Experience

Location: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timings:

Friday- Sunday     10:30AM–7PM

Monday- Thursday       10:30AM–5:30PM

How to reach:

You can use Tram service or travel by Car

Opened in 1991 this world famous brewery has produced one of the finest beers in the world, the “Heineken beer”. You can take an interactive tour to see the place of origin of Pilsner and Heineken beer and the procedure and science of beer making. This place is the Mecca of beer lovers and visitors who appreciate a good beer. The successful history of Heineken is presented in this museum with numerous attractions like that of an amusement park added to give an entertaining experience to tourists who come from all over the world to see this beer museum. The architecture of the museum is interesting with 19th century ambience and interiors and decorations received by the Heineken family.

 

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