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.
3-9 years youth ticket: €16,50
10+ normal ticket: €19.95
Senior ticket: €17,95
1 November – 28 February : 09.00 – 17.00
1 March – 31 October : 09.00 – 18.00
Rijksmuseum is the famous national museum that has a focus on arts & history. The museum is close to the Van Gogh Museum & Stedelijk Museum.
Originally founded in The Hague, the museum was moved to Amsterdam 8 years later in 1808, to the Royal Palace. The building that currently hosts these fine objects of art & history was designed by Pierre Cuypers.
Until recently the building was under renovation and was reopened in 2013.
The museum holds some true highlights such as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’. Besides this painting other artists’ works are of the likes of: Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen & Karel Appel.
Children under the age of 18: Free
Monday: 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00
Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00
Stedelijk Museum – Municipal Museum
Stedelijk Museum offers a wealth of contemporary and modern art. Located close to the Rijksmuseum & close to Vondelpark this museum features works from the early 20th century up to the 21st century. The main building was designed by Adriaan Willem Weissman and dates from the 19th century. The wing of the building where the current entrance is located was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects.
Their collection has got a wide range of famous artists such as: Karel Appel, George Hendrik Breitner, Claude Monet, Piet Mondriaan & Pablo Picasso. Audio tours are available and will take approximately 1.5 hours.
Monday: 10.00 – 18.00
Tuesday: 10.00 – 18.00
Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
Friday: 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Children under the age of 18: Free
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
De Waag – Nieuwmarkt
Close to the red light district you will find this 15th century building which has had different functions and been a former city gate. It is the oldest non-religious building that can be found in Amsterdam.
The name of the building is the Dutch word for ‘Weigh House.’ However the building did not always use to be a weigh house. It was not until the early 17th century that this building started to serve a new purpose since the old weigh house on Dam square was too small for its function.
After this it has had many more functions over the years of which more recently it housed the Amsterdam Museum & Jewish Historical Museum.
At this very moment you can relax, have a drink or something to eat since it is home to restaurant ‘In de Waag’.
Restaurant-Café In de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4 1012 CR Amsterdam
Lunch: 10:00 – 16:00
Dinner: 17:00 – 22:30
Book by calling: +3120422772