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Amsterdam Attractions and Activities

The city is a visitor’s delight and has much to offer you on your holidays to Amsterdam:

Canals – The old city centre is surrounded by Emperor’s Canal, Prince’s Canal and Gentleman’s Canal. The whole area is perfect for leisurely strolls and this important part of the city is highly captivating. Or if you fancy it, delightful canal cruises that showcase some of the city’s finest 17th and 18th century buildings with their gables and cornices and take you under embellished bridges as you admire the gently rocking houseboats, are a memorable way to explore these joyful surroundings on your Amsterdam Holidays.

Artis Zoo – Dating back to 1838, this big attraction is home to 6,000 animals, many of which live in enclosures that closely mimic their natural habitats. The aquarium also has a large collection of sea dwellers and is quite famous with visitors on holidays to Amsterdam.

MuziekTheatre – Also called the Stopera, the Music Theatre is famous for Ballet and Opera by acclaimed performers and features the most wonderful acoustics.

Concertgebouw – The country’s most famous concert hall is also known for exceptional acoustics.

Van Gogh Museum – The Mecca for lovers of the great artist’s works, it has the proud distinction of displaying the world’s largest collection of his drawings and paintings, and is highly recommended on your Amsterdam holidays.

Botanical Gardens - Well over 300 yrs old, this majestic garden has an amazing collection of flora from different countries and is simply ablaze with colours as Tulips reach full bloom in springtime to the delight of people on holidays to Amsterdam.

The Diamond Industry – The city continues to be a major diamond cutting centre four centuries on, since it first fell in love with the gem of gems. Its craftsmen are still among the best anywhere and give amazing diamond cutting demonstrations as tourists look on expectantly. You may get to buy unset and set stones on your Amsterdam Holidays.

Famous centres include Amsterdam Diamond Centre and Coster Diamonds among others.

Holland Casino Amsterdam – Among the largest casinos in the entire European continent, it offers guests on Amsterdam holidays plenty of slot machines and several gaming tables. Only guests 18 yrs and above may gamble.

The Singel – The famous canal has ornate canal houses, Munttoren tower, Bloemenmarkt - the famous flower market on boats, University of Amsterdam’s library and much more to offer people on Amsterdam holidays.

The Jordaan – This old district is great for its pubs, cafes and restaurants, in addition to specialty shops and is a delightful place to visit on holidays to Amsterdam.

Dam Square – Several buildings of great importance such as the Royal Palace, War Memorial and Nieuwe Kerk overlook this vast open space. The true heart of Amsterdam and home to origins of its name – “Dam on the Amstel”, Royal ceremonies, political demonstrations, street performances and social gatherings are all conducted here and Amsterdam Holidays would be incomplete without a visit to the square.

Rembrandtsplein – Named after the immortal artist, this important entertainment area has great nightclubs, restaurants and cafes as well as adult entertainment.

Leidseplein – Immensely popular with locals as well as people on holidays to Amsterdam, this area has a huge variety of entertainment including clubs, bars, pubs, cabarets and restaurants.

Magere Brug – The famous “Skinny Bridge” connects the banks of the Amstel and opens every twenty minutes or so to let boats through.

Albert Cuyp Market – The busiest and best known outdoor market in Europe is very popular with guests on Amsterdam Holidays and especially so on Saturdays. Several quaint shops and cafes can also be found nearby.

Some important Landmarks on Amsterdam holidays

Westerkerk – Rembrandt’s last resting place, this Presbyterian Church opened in 1631 and is an important landmark for people on holidays to Amsterdam.

Munttoren – Built from remains of the Reguliersgate, a main city gate in the middle ages, this Mint tower was once a gold storage and of great importance to the city.

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