The 21 best amsterdam attractions – highlights (2019)

Amsterdam Attractions – The 21 Most Beautiful Highlights & attractions!

Jap, we fell in love with Amsterdam – and that’s right! For a week we were in the canal town, took hundreds of pictures and just could not get out of the amazement.

So that you feel the same way and you can spend a wonderful city break, we present you in this article 21 ingenious Amsterdam sights, highlights and insider tips.

At the end of the article we also lose a few words about the numerous museums and tell you a few recommended accommodations. Have fun while reading!

Further contributions for your trip to Amsterdam:

Although the city with just under a million inhabitants is not a huge metropolis, there is a lot to discover. This is mainly due to the rather large, historic city center, but also to the other neighborhoods all around.

Which Amsterdam attractions you should not miss, we tell you now.

The entire old town

We start directly with the biggest “attraction” in Amsterdam: the old town. And what shall we say, except: astray! That’s nice! Not only did our jaw drop down when we strolled through the city.

It is hard to put into words what the historic center of Amsterdam is all about. The old buildings are very well preserved, there are no ugly concrete blocks, the old town center is quite large and every five meters one discovers a new magical street – to fall in love with!

Therefore, we can only recommend a few hours without a big plan to stroll through the city. You will be amazed, promise! By the way, a few lanes and photo spots, which we particularly liked, are here:

  • Groenburgwal – beautiful view of the Zuiderkerk church (Photo 3)
  • Gebed Zonder End – very narrow lane with many plants
  • Warmoestraat – many bars, many restaurants, many people – but beautiful
  • Bethanienstraat – relatively unknown, but very comfortable and quiet

Note: During spring and summer, there is always a lot going on in the historic city center and its sights. Try to get started as early as possible to avoid the big rush.

for tourists always something “superficial” remains.

So Amsterdam was just right for us! The red light district “De Wallen” is one of the most famous in the world and is located in the center of the city between historic buildings and old churches.

What’s also special is the way the prostitutes show themselves. Not behind closed doors in a brothel, but visible to anyone in red illuminated shop windows. However, only from 21 or 22 clock really present several women in their windows. Accordingly, a lot is going on within “De Wallen”.

Incidentally, the streets around the church “Oude Kerk” are a good corner. Especially crazy we found the extremely narrow alley “Trompettersteeg”. It is perhaps a meter and a half wide and studded with shop windows. There are numerous sex shops, sex shows and strip clubs along the “Oudezijds Burgwall”.

Recommended tours:

The church “Oude Kerk”

Amsterdam is an incredibly high-contrast city and you can not see it anywhere better than at the church “Oude Kerk”. The historic building dates back to the 13th century, is the oldest building in Amsterdam and is located in the middle of the red light district. Some of the prostitutes look directly from their windows at the church – completely crazy, or?

The Oude Kerk has not only a very special location, but also visually makes a lot. We found the old wooden ceiling inside quite impressive, but also the unique design of the exterior. Unfortunately, the entry without I Amsterdam City Card but quite expensive.

Important informations:

  • Opening hours:
  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Sunday: 13:00 – 17:30
  • 25.12. & 27.04. closed
  • Ticket prices:
    • Free with the I Amsterdam City Card! *
    • Simple ticket: 12 euros per person
    • Note: You can only pay with debit and credit cards.
    • Amsterdam attraction: the Sint Nicolaaskerk

      Another impressive church and great attraction is the Sint Nicolaaskerk in Amsterdam. Although it was completed in the 19th century, it has – just like the Oude Kerk – a rather special location.

      It is located just a few meters from the main train station and was placed in the middle of the surrounding houses, as if they were a normal part of the row of houses. Looks really weird, but totally unique!

      By the way, a look inside is also worthwhile: The many ornaments, the detailed paintings and the rather dark construction we liked very much.

      Important informations:

      • Opening hours:
      • Monday & Saturday: 12:00 – 15:00
      • Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 16:00
    • Admission: free
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