List of tourist attractions in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, one of Europe's capitals, has many attractions for visitors. The city's most famous sight is the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam (in Dutch: 'Grachtengordel'), located in the heart of Amsterdam, they are added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Museums[edit]

Nemo museum in Amsterdam

Exhibition venues[edit]

  • Amsterdam EXPO, Amsterdam's newest exhibition venue, hosting the world's best and most popular travelling exhibitions, like Body Worlds (2012) and Tutankhamun, his tomb and his treasures (until May 5, 2013)

Churches[edit]

The Westerkerk

Bridges[edit]

  • The Magere Brug is probably the most famous draw bridge in Amsterdam.
  • The Blauwbrug, which connects the Rembrandtplein area with the Waterlooplein area.
  • The Python Bridge, bridge connects Sporenburg to Borneo Island and won the International Footbridge Award 2002.
  • The Jan Schaeferbrug, built in 2001, straight through warehouse De Zwijger, after a design by architect T. Venhoeven

Buildings[edit]

Houses in amsterdam
  • Royal palace, former town hall, built in 1648.
  • Stopera, combined town hall and opera house.
  • Theater Amsterdam, Theater performance ANNE, about the life of Anne Frank, playing at Theater Amsterdam
  • Kalvertoren, shopping mall located in the busy Kalverstraat.
  • AEX, stock exchange.
  • Beurs van Berlage, originally designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, now used for conferences.
  • Centraal Station, neo-Gothic building.
  • Waag, built as part of the city's fortifications in 1481-1494, later a weighing house, now a cafe and museum.
  • Montelbaanstoren, built in 1512 as a part of the city's fortifications.
  • Munttoren, the tower was built in 1619-1620 and it is the southern tower among all other ones in Amsterdam
  • Pakhuis De Zwijger, built in 1933-1934 after a design by architect J. de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk, this was a warehouse for cooling perishables.
  • The house with the waterfall, at the Zuiderkerkhof.
  • Nieuwe Wereld, New World, by architects Meyer and Van Schooten. The name goes back to the 1980s when squatters lived here and called their place 'End of the World'.
  • Barcelona Building, building from 1993 by architect B. Albert on the Levantkade.
  • Emerald Empire, building on the far end of KNSM Lane by architect J. Coenen.
  • Magna Plaza, a former post office dating back to 1899 converted into a shopping mall in 1990
  • The Whale, mega-apartment building by architect F. van Dongen. It took five years to complete (1995–2000).
  • Skydome, 60 metre-tall tower block designed by architect W. Arets, with three vertical grooves.
  • Lloyd Hotel, built between 1917-1920 as an emigrants' hotel.
  • East India House, headquarters of Dutch East India Company, a 17th Century Dutch trading giant, from 1606 to 1798. Now a university building.
  • Rembrandt Tower, a 135-metre skyscraper.
  • Bijlmerbajes, a prison in Amsterdam near Amstel station.
Amsterdam in winter
The Stopera

Concert halls[edit]

Diamond factories[edit]

Diamond polisher

Red-light districts[edit]

There are several red-light districts in Amsterdam:

Squares[edit]

Waterlooplein

There are many squares (suffixed with plein) in Amsterdam. Here is a partial list of some of the better-known ones:

Open-air markets[edit]

Entrance of Amsterdam Zoo

Breweries[edit]

Zoos[edit]

  • Artis, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands.

Souvenirs[edit]

  • Postcard Experience, Located in the center of Amsterdam, this "new-Born" company will create live, taylor-made movie-postcards.

Periodic events[edit]