Amsterdam derives its name from the city’s origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel”.
Things to do in Amsterdam
- Anne Frank House – This moving museum highlights the life of Anne Frank, a young girl who kept a diary during the war.
- Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam’s most famous museum is a bastion of art and history in the city. Situated in Museum Square, it houses thousands of pieces of work spanning hundreds of years.
- Vondelpark – A strip of urban park that boasts a peaceful lake and lush greenery – the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city and kick back and relax.
- Rembrandt House Museum – Once the house of renowned painter Rembrandt, this museum is now dedicated to showcasing a selection of his life works.
- Jordaan – This Amsterdam neighbourhood has a quirky, urban vibe to it, with a selection of colourful street art and trendy cafes and bars.
- Natura Artis Magistra – A central city zoo that is the oldest in the Netherlands. As well as housing numerous exotic and local species, Artis also has a large aquarium and a planetarium.
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – This is Amsterdam’s bastion of modern and contemporary art, exhibiting a huge selection of abstract and modernist pieces from some of the world’s most famous artists.
- Verzetsmuseum – Also known as the Dutch Resistance Museum, it has proudly been named the top historical museum in the entire country, with its fascinating and moving displays of Dutch stories in World War II.
- The National Maritime Museum – Set in what was once an old naval storehouse, this popular museum highlights the maritime history of the city and beyond.
- Oude Kerk – With a pointed roof and ornate detailing, this beautiful piece of architecture is the city’s oldest building and remains a parish church to this day.
- Museum of Bags and Purses – An unusual addition to the museum scene, but an interesting one nonetheless with over 4,000 historic handbags and suitcases that date back hundreds of years.
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam – Built during the city’s Golden Age back in the 1600s, this forms one part of a trio of palaces in the country.
- Heineken Experience – This popular hotspot for beer enthusiasts walks visitors through the history of Dutch Heineken beer.
- Begijnhof – One of the oldest inner courts, this lush square is surrounded by quirky private buildings decked out in a traditional Dutch style.
- Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Set on the canals, this typical tall, narrow house dates back to the 1600s and is now a church and city museum.
- Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – This popular concert hall draws in thousands of visitors every year who are looking to get a flavour of the local music scene.
- Hermitage Amsterdam – A branch of Russia’s Hermitage Museum, this Amsterdam counterpart is set in a beautiful classic building and showcases hundreds of works of art and fascinating artefacts.
- Singel – This circular canal once ran all the way around the city’s perimeter in the Middle Ages. Today, after Amsterdam’s expansion, it can be found in the centre of the city.
Our selection of apartments in Amsterdam can be found dotted all over the city, and we have many in and around these popular areas.