Amsterdam: Located in the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is the largest city and capital town of the Netherlands. It is one of the major business and financial centres of Netherlands and Europe respectively. The city is home to many Dutch Institutions and some of the world’s top companies such as ING and Phillips. Its main tourist attractions are historic canals, museums, De Wallen (the notorious red-light district) and more. Amsterdam is also famous for its retail marketing and fashion designing. In this article you’ll get to know some of the most important tourist attractions of Amsterdam.
Museums in Amsterdam:There are around 20 famous museums found in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Some of the famous museums are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Rembrandt House Museum, Anne Frank House, Museum Het Grachtenhuis, Hermitage Amsterdam, Tropenmuseum, NEMO (museum) and many more. The Nemo museum is located in the science center which is situated between Oosterdokseiland and Kattenburg. It is the fourth largest museum of the Netherlands, which attracts more than 5 million visitors a year. Rijksmuseum is the 3rd largest of Netherlands and 55th largest in the world respectively.
Churches in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam is a city of famous old and historical churches. Some of the famous churches of Amsterdam are Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Zuiderkerk, Noorderkerk, Westerkerk, Oosterkerk, Ronde Lutherse Kerk, English Reformed Church and many more. Oude Kerk or Old Church is the most famous, which was built in 1306. It is located in the famous De Wellen, the red-light area of Amsterdam.
Canals of Amsterdam:
Netherland’s canal city Amsterdam is also called ‘Venice of the North’. It is famous for its more than 90 islands, one hundred kilometers of canals and 1500 bridges. The most famous canals of Amsterdam are ‘Herengracht’ or Lord’s canal, ‘Keizersgracht’ or Emperor’s canal and ‘Prinsersgracht’ or Prince’s canal. These canals were built in the 17th century to enable transportation of goods. The other notable canals are Zwanenburgwal, Brouwersgracht, Kloveniersburgwal, Brantasgracht, Lamonggracht, Majanggracht and Seranggracht. The canals add much interest for tourists when visiting the city.
Concert halls: Amsterdam has more than 10 famous concert halls; it’s a great idea to visit these on any trip to Amsterdam. The ‘Concertgebouw’ or concert building is considered one of the most excellent concert halls in the world for its world class symphony orchestra. The other concert halls in Amsterdam are Stopera, Heineken Music Hall, Paradiso, Melkweg, the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ and The Bimhuis.
Red light district: Amsterdam’s red light district is one of the largest in Netherlands. The famous area ‘De Wallen’ is the largest and famous tourist attraction of Amsterdam. The prostitution and sex employment is totally legal and regulated in this area. This type of attraction isn’t for everybody but it certainly attracts many visitors to the city.
Conclusion: Amsterdam is a city with many more tourist attractions apart from the 5 listed here. The city has a number of town halls, opera houses and towers to visit. The Coster Diamonds Company, which is the oldest diamond polishing factory of Netherlands is worth a visit and there are many open markets in the city to purchase goods from.
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