Most Amazing Sights to see in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. It is commonly known as the “Venice of the North” due to having over 100 canals. The capital offers easy sight-seeing delights either by foot, bike or boat. Take a look at some of the more amazing sights to visit:
Situated on the west side of Dam Square this 17th century building originated as the city’s town hall, before being converted to a royal palace during the infamous Napoleonic Wars. The palace continues to be used by Dutch royalty, remaining open to the public throughout the year.
Architect Jacob van Campen was responsible for designing the building, which takes a strong influence from the sandstone buildings of Rome. The interior is a glorious example of the beautiful Empire style of the early 1800s.
Just south of Central Station is Holland’s famous red-light district. Spread across several canals and side streets, over 100 rooms are rented out for Amsterdam’s legalized prostitution. There is also a strong police presence, keeping both sex workers and clients safe. Elsewhere in the region you can also find Amsterdam’s oldest church along with a number of other historic buildings.
Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum)
Scheepvaartmuseum is a former naval storehouse, having been built in 1656, during a time when Amsterdam became one of the worlds wealthiest cities. The multi-story museum has since been filled with stories of historical sea battles to exhibits including maps, 17th century weapons and illustrations.
Directly outside the museum is a replica of the Amsterdam, a ship which took an epic journey from the Nederlands to the East Indies in the 18th century.
Originally called Nieuwe Park when it first opened in 1865, Vondelpark is situated in the old South district of Amsterdam, to the west of the city’s famous Museum Square. The park gained its current name when in 1867 a statue of the Dutch poet, writer and playwright Joost van den Vondel was erected.
The tranquil setting of Vondelpark is a perfect meeting spot, where you can relax, play sports on the vast grass areas or take a bike ride through the grounds.