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26 Jan 2008

Amsterdam - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Amsterdam with quick information:

NA24 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Details: This is the world's largest flower auction! Here flowers and plants are auctioned and then packaged for distribution to all corners of the world. Some of the flowers that you see sold at auction this morning could be at your local florist the very next day!

NA01 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Amsterdams Historisch Museum (Amsterdam Historical Museum)

Details: The Amsterdam Historical Museum shows how this city grew from a small medieval town into a modern city. Housed in a former orphanage that dates back to 1524, the museum is filled with paintings, prints and archaeological finds. One of the most interesting exhibits is an 18th-century coach without wheels. According to council regulations (and to reduce the noise of wheels on the cobbled streets) wealthy Amsterdammers had to travel by sleigh, even in summer. The entrance fee to the museum includes free entry to the Civic Guards Gallery, a glass-roofed ‘street’ between Kalverstraat and the Begijnhof, which is lined with 15 massive portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards, dating from the 17th century. However, the Rijksmuseum has the most famous painting of the Civic Guard – Rembrandt’s Nightwatch (see above). The museum’s courtyards are a relaxing place to be on a warm summer’s day with the restaurant offering outside tables.
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357
Tel: (020) 523 1822. Fax: (020) 620 7789.
E-mail: info@ahm.amsterdam.nl
Website: www.ahm.nl
Transport: Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat and Sun 1100-1700.
Admission: €6 (concessions available).

NA02 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank House)

Details: The queues can be horrendous at the small but very popular Anne Frank House, which annually attracts roughly half a million people. It is the historic home where Anne Frank, her family and four other Jewish people hid from the occupying Germans during World War II, after fleeing their native Germany. Finally caught by the Nazis, after two years in hiding, they were taken off to concentration camps, where Anne died. However, her father survived and published her diary, which has been translated into 50 languages. The story of how they were saved by local people for so long sometimes masks the reality that the city’s Jewish population was all but wiped out during the war.
Location: Prinsengracht 263, Westerkerk
Tel: (020) 556 7100. Fax: (020) 620 7999.
E-mail: museumsecretariaat@annefrank.nl
Website: www.annefrank.nl
Transport: Trams 13, 14 or 17.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1900 (Sep-Mar) daily 0900-2100 (Apr-Aug).
Admission: €7.50 (concessions available).

NA25 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Artis, a cultural zoo

Its atmospheric, 19th century character with ponds, ancient formal gardens and trees makes Artis ideally suited to the casual stroller. Alongside the Predator Gallery, the original design of an English stately home garden gives way to the Classical 'French Gardens' (laid out in 1891), called the Dutch Garden. The eight-meter high Westerman monument commemorates Artis's founder. Marble statues of the Four Seasons border this geometrical garden.

The statue of the Japanese Bodhisattva near the ibises is surrounded by different blooming plants each season.

Few zoos are as well endowed with listed buildings as Artis. Twenty of these historical monuments bear diamond-shaped plaques with an inscription from a bygone age. Some examples are the Large Museum (1855), the Library building (1867) and the Aquarium (1882). The romantic Masmanhuisje predates the foundation of Artis (1838). It now houses the ibises. The stroll is made even more romantic by a visit to the two, larger than life, 18th century Bodhisatva statues (also known as Buddhas). These were brought to Artis from Japan more than a century ago.
The best way to visit Amsterdam is by NS train (Dutch Railways). From Schiphol Airport, the train to Amsterdam Central Station takes a mere 15 minutes. Artis is easily accessible by public transport (trams 9, 10 and 14 and Waterlooplein metro station).
During the summer season the zoo can also be reached by canal boat: from Amsterdam Central Station, board the Artis Expres, a canal boat operated by Lovers shipping company (tel. 31-20-6222181) or take tram line 9 to the zoo.
Artis is open every day of the year, from 09.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. During the period of 'summer time' Artis closes at 18.00.
dults is € 16,00, for senior citizins (65+) € 15,00 and for children from 3 to 9 years € 12,50. Groups exceeding 20 people get a discount of € 1,00 per person. An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Geological Museum, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum. The zoo guide can be purchased for € 2,50 at the ticket office or at the counter in the Planetarium shop. Furthermore, there are free routes, e.g. the Artis Sculpture Route, available.

NA03 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Dolfinarium Hardewijk

Details: Dolfinarium Harderwijk is the largest marine animal park in Europe.
There's a lot to do here. Those impressive and fantastically funny dolphin and sea lion performances for example. And you have to see the walrus show - you'll have a whale of a time there. The playground and the beach are brilliant too. Or visit the Lagune. Don't miss the 3-D spectacle. Experience a truly adventurous show with real pirates. A Delightful Dolfinarium Day is not only great fun, but also full of excitement and things to learn about. In short, there are plenty of good reasons for taking the family to Dolfinarium Harderwijk to enjoy a delightful day at the Dolfinarium.

Location: (80 KM)

NA04 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Efteling

Details: Efteling is one of the leading family attraction parks in Europe.
Each year, some three million people visit the World of Wonders in Kaatsheuvel, in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. They step into an enchanting adventure, right away from reality. Efteling presents fairytales, attractions, entertainment and events in a relaxing green park covering 72 hectares. Fairytales are alternated with exciting thrill-rides and enchanting journeys of discovery through the different Realms. Entertainment on paths and in squares is a gay characteristic of the entire park. Efteling has been attracting visitors of all ages from at home and abroad since 1952. The wide range of activities, and the way they are presented by Efteling, have led to major international awards. For example, Efteling received the Applause Award for the best park in the world, and the Pomme d'Or, the highest tourist sector award in Europe.

Location: (100 KM)

NA05 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Heineken Experience

Details: The award winning Heineken Experience is a self-guided, multimedia delve into the workings of the world’s largest beer exporter. There is plenty of information on the company’s rich history and also the ‘Bottle Ride’, where visitors get to feel what it is like to be a beer bottle during the production process. At the end of the tour, there is, of course, the chance to sample the hallowed brew in the ‘See You Again Bar’. People do come back judging by the fact that in April 2005, they celebrated their one millionth visitor.
Location: Stadhouderskade 78
Tel: (020) 523 9666. Fax: (020) 523 9738.
E-mail: info@heinekenexperience.nl
Website: www.heinekenexperience.nl
Transport: Trams 16, 24 or 25.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1800.
Admission: €10 (concessions available).

NA06 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Hortus Botanicus

Details: The very pretty Hortus Botanicus is home to more than 800 plants from all over the world. It is also one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, established as a ‘Hortus Medicus’ herb garden in 1638. The garden became an ornamental garden, displaying foreign plants brought back by the East India Company, from as far afield as South Africa, India, Indonesia, Australia and Japan. Conducted tours take place on Sunday at 1300 and last for 60-90 minutes.
Location: Plantage Middenlaan 2a
Tel: (020) 625 9021. Fax: (020) 625 7006.
E-mail: hortus.amsterdam@wxs.nl
Website: www.hortus-botanicus.nl
Transport: Metro Waterlooplein tram 7 or 9. Public transportation
Tram 9 and 14: Mr. Visserplein stop.
Tram 6 (Mon-Fri): last stop.
Metro: Waterlooplein stop (Hortusplantsoen exit
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat and Sun 1000-1700. Close at 1600 in Dec-Jan and stay open until 2100 in Jul-Aug.
Admission: €6 (concessions available).

NAHH City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Hotel Abba

Details: Overtoom 120-122
Amsterdam 1054 HM, The Netherlands

NA07 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Houseboat Museum

Details: Living on a houseboat sounds like an alluring way of life and it is increasingly popular in the Amsterdam area, partly due to the city’s chronic housing shortage. This modest museum, reputed to be the only one of its kind in the world, attempts to delve into this unique way of life, answering questions about what it is like to live on a boat in this historic city. The boat is much as it would be as a house (with a living room, shower, toilet and bedroom) and is a far better way of scouring a houseboat that poking through the windows of a real one, as many curious tourists cannot help themselves doing.
Location: Opposite Prisengracht 296
Tel: (020) 427 0750.
E-mail: info@houseboatmuseum.nl
Website: www.houseboatmuseum.nl
Transport: Trams 13, 14 or 17.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 1100-1700 (Mar-Oct), Fri-Sun 1100-1700 (Nov-Feb).
Admission: €3 (concessions available).

NA08 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Keukenhof "Flower Garden"

Details: In the spring Keukenhof is naturally The flower attraction of Holland.
In the 32 ha park millions of bulb flowers bloom in all colors of the rainbow for eight weeks.
Location: Keukenhof is situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, Haarlem and Leiden. From Amsterdam, take the A4 toward The Hague, exit N207 toward Lisse.
From The Hague, take the A44 toward Amsterdam, exit N208 toward Lisse; or on the A4, exit N207. As you near th

NA23 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Keukenhof Tulip Garden

Keukenhof, which means "kitchen garden," was originally a noble's salad garden. Near Lisse in the bulb district, it showcases 6 million bulbs that grow in drifts, blooming in waves for about two months in spring.
Paved footpaths wind through 70 acres of lawns, lakes, woodlands, steams, and shrubs, all edged with rivers of bloom. In one place, we delighted in a bank of daffodils around red-flowering currant (a Western native); in another, a cool river of blue Muscari wowed passerby.
Flowers are labeled; most are available commercially.
the multi-colored bulb fields on the way to visit the Keukenhof Exhibition. This world renowned display garden is a 70-acre estate where 6 million bulbs are planted annually by local growers. Keukenhof is the world's largest exhibition of blooming tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Stroll through the gardens, view the plantings in the three exhibition halls and walk up the windmill for a magnificent look at the brilliant colors in the accompanying bulb fields.
This afternoon visit we stop in Gouda, which is internationally renowned for its beautiful gothic Town Hall dating from 1450. The town also boasts the Waag (Weighing House) dating from 1668 and the St. Jans church with its beautiful stained windows. Oh yes, if the name Gouda is familiar it's because of the famous cheese produced here. We will see how the cheese is produced and enjoy a cheese tasting. Enjoy your time here and take time have a cup of coffee/tea and a real Dutch "stroopwafel" (syrup waffle).
08:00 to 19:30
EUR 13

NA09 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)

Details: The Royal Palace, designed by Jacob van Campen, was built in 1648, as Amsterdam’s city hall. When King Louis Napoleon arrived in Amsterdam, in 1808, he had the city hall turned into a palace. The large collection of Empire-style furniture, chandeliers and clocks date from this period. Although the palace is still the official royal residence, the royal family lives in The Hague. However, Queen Beatrix does host official functions here.
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147
Tel: (020) 620 4060. Fax: (020) 623 3819.
E-mail: info@kon-paleisamsterdam.nl
Website: www.koninklijkhuis.nl
Transport: Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 24 or 25.
Opening hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun 1230-1700 guided tours need to be booked two weeks in advance.
Admission: €4.50 (concessions available).

NA10 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Madurodam - Den

Details: Among many other attractions, miniature city Madurodam boasts the canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and parts of the Delta Works, all replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale. Watch windmills turn, ships sail and modern trains traverse the city on the world's largest miniature railway
Location: (60 KM)

NA11 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Marken

Location: 20 KM

NA12 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Museum Het Rembrandthuis

Details: This museum, a charming three-storey house, built in the early 17th century, is where Rembrandt lived for nearly 20 years. Recently, a museum wing has been added, with more space for a permanent collection of his work. It is home to a comprehensive collection of 250 of the artist’s etchings and self-portraits. The work of Rembrandt’s teachers and students are also on display, which adds depth and dialogue to Rembrandt’s own work.
Location: Jodenbreestraat 4-6
Tel: (020) 520 0400. Fax: (020) 520 0401.
E-mail: museum@rembrandthuis.nl
Website: www.rembrandthuis.nl
Transport: Trams 4, 9 or 14 metro Nieuwmarkt boat to Waterlooplein or Zwanenburgerwal.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700.
Admission: €7.50 (concessions available).

NA13 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: NEMO Museum

Details: The funky and modern NEMO Museum is an unmistakable sight on the banks of the IJ. Just a short stroll away from Centraal Station, this museum attempts to defy the crusty image of some traditional museums by offering plenty of hands-on exhibits to stimulate young minds and keep them occupied, as well as provide more information on science and technology for older visitors. This bright, relaxed venue is a good antidote to Amsterdam’s other, perhaps more stuffy museums, especially for younger visitors. The rooftop has a beach area, a surreal place to take in the rays on a sunny day.
Location: Oosterdok 2
Tel: (020) 531 3233 or (900) 919 1100. Fax: (020) 531 3535.
E-mail: info@e-nemo.nl
Website: www.e-nemo.nl
Transport: Bus 22.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1700.
Admission: €11 (concessions available).

NA14 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

Details: Despite its name, the building of the original church that stood on this site was started in 1408, as the congregation had outgrown the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The present structure dates to the 17th century, the previous wooden church having been badly damaged by fire. One of the most interesting pieces inside the church is the pulpit. Rising to a height of more than 10m (33ft), it took sculptor Albert Jansz Vinckenbrinck almost 20 years (1645-1664) to create. A close look at the carved ‘rope’ of the handrail will reveal mischievous angels sliding down it. Located next door to the Royal Palace, on the Dam, the Nieuwe Kerk has been used for the inauguration of Dutch monarchs since 1815 – Queen Beatrix was crowned here in 1980. The church is also renowned for excellent exhibitions and it is rated as one of top three exhibition locations in the Netherlands.
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal
Tel: (020) 638 6909, for recorded information.
E-mail: mail@nieuwekerk.nl
Website: www.nieuwekerk.nl
Transport: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 24 or 25.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Sat and Sun 1100-1700 (can vary).
Admission: Variable according to exhibition. Often Free

NA15 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Rijksmuseum

Details: The largest and most popular museum in the Netherlands was opened in 1885 and has grown steadily ever since. Today, it is in the midst of the biggest rebuilding programme in its history. Under the title of ‘The Masters’ much of its most famous work, though, is still on show in the impressively designed Phillips Wing and as much of the rest of the collections are being put on display as possible.
Location: Jan Luijenstraat 1
Tel: (020) 674 7047. Fax: (020) 674 7001.
E-mail: info@rijksmuseum.nl
Website: www.rijksmuseum.nl
Transport: Trams 5, 6, 7 or 10. In Amsterdam:
From Central Station: tram 2 or 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
From Zuid/WTC Station: tram 5 (to Hobbemastraat)
From Sloterdijk Station: tram 12 (to Concertgebouw)
From Amstel Station: Metro to Weesperplein, from there tram 6, 7 or 10 (to Spiegelgracht)
From regional bus terminal on Marnixstraat: bus 26, 65, 66 or 170 (or a 10-minute walk)
You can also take the Canal Bus!
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1800 (subject to change with ongoing work).
Admission: €9 (concessions available).

NA16 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Roemer Visscherstraat

Details: Also known as United Europe, or Seven Countries Houses, the extraordinary street, Roemer Visscherstraat, was built in 1894, by architect Tjeerd Kuipers, with the intention of focusing on the history of European architecture. Lying between the Vondelpark and Leidseplein, numbers 20 to 30a of this street provide a one-minute excursion through seven European cities. Number 20, with its Gothic windows, is based on romantic German architecture. Number 22 is a miniature French Loire château, while 24 is a Moorish masterpiece reminiscent of Granada’s Alhambra. There is an Italian palazzo at number 26, next door to which, with its onion-shaped dome, is a house reminiscent of a Russian cathedral. Number 30 is a Renaissance-style Dutch house, while 30a is an English cottage.
Location: Roemer Visscherstraat 20-30a
Transport: Tram 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12.

NA17 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Scheepvaartmuseum (Netherlands Maritime Museum)

Details: The highlight of the maritime museum is the newly built reconstruction of an old Dutch East Indiaman that is moored just offshore. The ship may have no engine but it looks impressive and its confined interior is authentic. The museum helps open up the reality of the country’s rich maritime past when the Dutch were major global players and their fleet ventured as far as modern day Indonesia, Goa and Macau.
Location: Katterburgerplein 1
Tel: (020) 523 2222. Fax: (020) 523 2213.
Website: www.scheepvaartmuseum.nl
Transport: Bus 22 or 32.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 1000-1700.
Admission: €7.50 (concessions available).

NA18 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

Details: The best collection of modern art in Amsterdam is currently located in a temporary home whilst work continues on Museumplein. The collection includes Dutch and international art from the second half of the 19th century onwards, with works by Picasso, Cézanne, Chagall and Monet, as well as photography, video, film and industrial design. Recent Dutch artists on display include Mondrian, De Kooning and Lichtenstein.
Location: Oosterdokskade 5
Tel: (020) 573 2911. Fax: (020) 675 2716.
E-mail: info@stedelijk.nl
Website: www.stedelijk.nl
Transport: Trams 2, 3, 5, 12 or 16 bus 63.
Opening hours: Daily 1000-1800, Thu 1000-2100.
Admission: €9.

NA19 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Van Gogh Museum

Details: This spacious museum houses a permanent display of 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters by Van Gogh, as well as works by Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin. A new wing is being used to display temporary exhibitions, usually of 19th century art.
Location: Paulus Potterstraat 7
Tel: (020) 570 5200. Fax: (020) 570 5222.
E-mail: info@vangogh.nl
Website: www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Transport: Trams 2, 3, 5, 12 or 16.
Opening hours: Daily 1000-1800, Fri until 2200.
Admission: €10 (concessions available).

NA20 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Volendam

Location: 35 KM

NA21 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Vondelpark

Details: Named after a famous Dutch poet, the Vondelpark is known as the ‘green lung’ of Amsterdam. It contains 49 hectares (120 acres) of ponds, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, cafés and a bandstand. During summer, there are regular free concerts. At times, palm readers and buskers (African drummers, classical quartets and jazz singers) provide entertainment. Just a short walk from the Leidseplein, the Vondelpark is an ideal place for visitors to get away from it all.
Location: Vondelpark, Roemer Visscherstraat
Tel: (020) 676 5860.
E-mail: info@vondelpark.tv
Website: www.vondelpark.tv
Transport: Tram 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12.
Opening hours: Daily dawn until dusk.
Admission: Free.

NA22 City: Amsterdam
Name of Attraction: Zaanse Schans

Location: 35 KM

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