Category Archives: Sightseeing

Within this section you will find a great selection of sights that are worth a visit.

Keukenhof Amsterdam

Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam

From March to May these gardens turn into a great place full of beautiful coloured flowers. The Keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden full of tulips and other flowers. With 7 million flowers blooming across 32 hectares this park is well worth a visit. Tulips are not the only spring flower blooming at Keukenhof. Daffodils, hyacinths, and narcissi are also all flowering simultaneously.

 

How to get there

From the airport there is a bus that will take you directly to the gardens with a combi ticket that will also gain you entrance to the gardens.

 

 

 

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Marijuana Museum Amsterdam

Marijuana Museum Amsterdam

Ofcourse Amsterdam has it’s own museum that covers everything to do with weed. Amsterdam has got various unusual museums, which are very popular with most tourists. This museum is no exception!

 

If you like weed/cannabis than this museum will be a must-visit attraction in Amsterdam. There are plenty of displays regarding the history of the use of cannabis. Next to the history you will also find plenty of other information such as the various smoking methods & the cultivation of the hemp plant.

Growhouse

The best part of the museum is the opportunity to check out a grow house where you will see the actual growing of real plants!

Admission price and hours

€7 for adults
€5 in groups of 10 or more
Free for under 13 accompanied by an adult

Open 10am to 11pm every day#

 

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Visit The Heineken Experiency – Amsterdam

Heineken Experience Tour

In the center of Amsterdam you will find the old brewery. The Heineken brewery has been closed since 1988 and is now open to tourists where you can see the history of the one of the most famous beers of the world!

Where this used to be a museum it has now turned into an experience.  During this experience you will even be able to label your very own bottle of Heineken!

  • Heineken was produced on this site from 1867 until 1988
  • 3,000 square metres of exhibition space
  • Tour takes approximately 75 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • Gift shop with souvenirs
  • Cameras are allowed
  • Free glasses of Heineken are offered in the beer hall
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • The Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude has now taken over production from this brewery

Admission

Adults and minors above the age of 16 years: €18
Minors age 12 – 17: €12.50
Children below the age of 12, Amsterdam Holland Pass (with a Tulip voucher): free
Tickets purchased online (see bellow): €16
You will need a printer to print out your ticket

There is something secretive about the taste of the world’s best beers and certainly Heineken pilsner belongs to this group. The brewery was established in Amsterdam in 1864 and today Heineken is a huge multinational company, one of the three largest beer producers in the world. Throughout its history, Heineken remained by and large family company, with Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken as its biggest stockholder and her husband Michel on the company’s board. Heineken rich and successful history has been presented in their old defunct brewery in Amsterdam, with several amusement park attractions added to the exhibit and renamed as Amsterdam Heineken Experience.

 

 

Uitmarkt Amsterdam

Uitmarkt Amsterdam

The Uitmarkt is a famous festival that forms the opening of the new cultural season of each year. It always takes place in the last weekend of August.

This is a very large festival that attracts a large number of people (over half a million in 2013) that share a passion for theatre, literature, music & film. There are plenty of activities for the whole family.

 

Gay Pride Amsterdam 2014

Gay Pride Amsterdam 2014

This year from the 26th of July till the 3rd of August in Amsterdam the Gay Pride takes place. This event lasts for a full week including the famous boat parade.

Canal Parade

The canal parade is the biggest even during the Gay Pride and is something that you should visit! The parade this year starts at the start of the Prinsengracht in the western part of Amsterdam and will end in the east.

Make sure to be there early to get a good spot cause it will be busy!

 

 

Artis Zoo Amsterdam

Artis Zoo Amsterdam

Artis is the oldest Zoo in the Netherlands and is located in the centre of Amsterdam where it was founded in 1938. When it was founded it was given the name Natura Artis Magistra, which means: nature is the teacher of art and science. Artis is also one of the few zoos in Europe that has listed buildings within its grounds. The Large Museum being the oldest (1855).

Besides the listed buildings, there are more than 900 different species. The zoo has got different sections which include an Aquarium, butterfly pavilion, insectarium & planetarium.

Admission

3-9 years youth ticket: €16,50
10+ normal ticket: €19.95
Senior ticket: €17,95

Opening Times

1 November – 28 February  : 09.00 – 17.00
1 March – 31 October : 09.00 – 18.00

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Anne Frank Statue

Anne Frank Statue

Located near the Westerkerk is a statue of Anne Frank. The statue was created by Dutch artist Mari Silverster Andriessen, who is best known for his many works commemorating Holocaust victims.

 

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Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

The Royal Palace can be found on the west side of Dam Square, next to the Nieuwe Kerk. The building, which used to be a city hall, changed its function to a Royal Palace under King Louis I of Holland in 1806. During the 17th century it was the largest secular building of Europe. It was made property of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1936.

Design

The city hall was built by Jacob van Campen on more than 13,000 wooden piles and the cost of the build was 8.5 million Guilders. His inspiration for the building came from the Roman administrative palaces. The palace was renovated from 2005 until June 2009. During the renovation asbestos was removed and since 14 June 2009, the Palace has been open to visitors again.

Opening Hours

The palace is not open to visitors everyday since it still holds the function of a palace. Please visit the website for more information & e-tickets.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 11.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 11.00 – 17.00
Friday: 11.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00

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Westerkerk

Westerkerk

On the bank of the Prinsengracht you can find one of the other old protestant churches of Amsterdam. Westerkerk is a 1 minute walk from the Anne Frank House.

Design

The Westerkerk was designed by Hendrick de Keyser, who also designed the Zuiderkerk, and was built in 1620. It is designed in Renaissance style and has the form of a patriarchal cross.  If you would like to see inside the church online click here.

The spire which is named the Westertoren is the highest church tower in Amsterdam. The tower rises 279 feet above the ground and is topped with a crown making it a beautiful church to visit.

At the moment, the church is being restored.

How to get there

Tram: 13, 14 or 17
Bus: 170, 172 or 174

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Zuiderkerk

Zuiderkerk

The ‘Zuiderkerk’ is located in the ‘Nieuwmarkt’ area of Amsterdam and a five minute walk from ‘De Waag’. This famous church was the first church in Amsterdam that was built specifically for protestant services.

Design

The designer of this church, Hendrick de Keyser, was buried in the church. De Keyser designed the church as a pseudo-basilica with a central nave and two lower side aisles, six bays long, with Tuscan columns, timber barrel vaults and dormers. The top gables facing north and south and crowned by balustrades remind us of the Noorderkerk and the Westerkerk. However, the rectangular shape of the windows is unique to the Zuiderkerk.

Climbing the Zuiderkerk Tower

The Zuidertoren offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The tower is open to visitors from April to September.

A guided tour starts every half hour between 12:00 and 15:30 hrs.

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