Sightseeing in Amsterdam

The old city centre of Amsterdam is like an outdoor museum. Just walk around and enjoy. Don't forget to look up once and a while and watch the beautiful gables at the canal houses. See the canals and bridges, take a canal cruise or rent a boat and explore the canals at your own leisure. Visit some historic churches or wander around in the charming neighbourhood the Jordaan.
Our recommendations for Sightseeing in Amsterdam are:
Go to the details & reviews page of Buddhist temple Fo Guang Shan in Amsterdam Located in the Amsterdam Chinatown quarter, the Fo Guang Shan Temple is the largest temple in Europe that has been built in traditional Chinese palace style. Although the style of the temple is Chinese, Buddhism, of course, is both universal and beyond architectural features and culture. The buildings to the left and the right of the temple houses the Buddhist nuns and a library.

The Buddhist temple is a meditation centre where organising services is an option. Guided tours and courses are also available.
Zeedijk 106-118, Amsterdam
Mon to Sat: 12.00 to 17.00
Sun: 10.00 to 17.00
Go to the details & reviews page of De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) in Amsterdam Amsterdam’s De Oude Kerk (The Old Church, built in 1300) is situated in the heart of the Red Light District. The floor of De Oude Kerk consists entirely of gravestones (among them the wife of Rembrandt) and the roof is the largest medieval wooden vault in Europe. With a guide, visitors can climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views over the city.

A Carillon Concert takes place every Tuesday at 2 pm and Saturday at 4 pm, with the bridge in front of the church providing the best spot to take in this weekly event.
Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam
The Old Church
Go to the details & reviews page of Dutch East Indiaman replica Amsterdam The Amsterdam is an 18th-century Dutch East India Company vessel, which was used as a cargo ship. The ship, moored alongside the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime museum), is an exact copy of the famous Dutch East India Company ship the Amsterdam, lost on her maiden voyage in 1749.

The creation of this exact replica of the Amsterdam began in 1985 and was built by more than four hundred volunteers. She has been moored at the quay of Het Scheepvaartmuseum since 1991.
Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam
+31 20 52 32 222
Daily from 9.00 to 17.00
Go to the details & reviews page of I amsterdam sign Where can you find the I amsterdam letters? The first set of letters is located behind the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein. A second set of I amsterdam letters can be found at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. A third set of letters playfully changes location around the city, making appearances at fashion shows, fairs, festivals and other major events.

The large I amsterdam letters are a city icon. Visitors often find themselves in, around and climbing on top of the letters, resulting in a variety of colourful photographic memories.
Go to the details & reviews page of Jordaan District in Amsterdam The Jordaan is a former working class neighbourhood which is now inhabited by a colourful mixture of original 'Jordanezen', students, artists and young professionals. The Jordaan is easygoing and peaceful with cosy streets and small canals, lots of bars, cafés, restaurants, galleries and little boutique shops.

The best way to discover the Jordaan is to just wander around the neighbourhood. On the edge of the Jordaan there is the Anne Frank House and the Westertoren to be seen.
Go to the details & reviews page of Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) in Amsterdam The Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge") is a bridge connecting the banks of the river Amstel between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. Dating back to 1691, the nine-arched structure has been rebuilt several times. The white painted wooden bridge is very photogenic, especially at night when thousands of lights give the bridge a fairy like look.

The use of the bridge has been limited to pedestrians and cyclists since 2003. From the Skinny Bridge you have a good view on the Music Theatre, Hermitage, Carré and the Amstel river.
Located at the Amstel river, between Kerkstraat and Nieuwe Kerkstraat.
Go to the details & reviews page of National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam The National Monument on Dam Square was erected in commemoration of the victims of World War II. The National Monument - a 22 metre high white stone pillar - was unveiled on 4 May 1956. Every year on 4 May, on Remembrance Day, a special remembrance ceremony takes place at the monument. The rest of the year it's used by locals and tourists to sit in the sun, eat their sandwich and/or feed the pigeons.

Dam Square lies in the centre of Amsterdam, about 750 meters south of Amsterdam Central Station.
Dam Square, Amsterdam
Go to the details & reviews page of Red Light District in Amsterdam The Red Light District in Amsterdam is famous for its window prostitution, which is legal in The Netherlands. The district is full of sex shops, peep shows, brothels, an elaborate condom shop and a sex museum. But the Red Light District is also home to many bars, restaurants, night clubs, shops, hotels, and hostels. There are also famous churches, a farmers market, and homes of thousands of residents.

The Red Light District is located just South of Central Station (a 10 minutes walk).
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