Alex Picerne's Essential Amsterdam Travel Guide is an excellent resource for traveling to Amsterdam. But, I have a few things to add.
Amsterdam is famous for its canals, cannabis cafes, and the Red Light District, along with its strong art presence and culture.
WHERE TO GO:
1. Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's famous flower market is a must see attraction. It is the only floating flower market in the world. You can find it on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city's southern canal belt.
2. Amsterdam's Canal Belt: Amsterdam has a whopping 165 canals. The three main ones are Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Herengracht has some of the biggest houses in Amsterdam. Peter the Great stayed in house number 527. Peter also stayed in Keizersgracht, as well as John Adams. Popular tourist attractions in Prinsengracht include the Anne Frank House, Noorderkerk (Northern Church), and Noordermarkt (Northern Market).
3. Vondelpark: Amsterdam's largest green space gets 10 million annual visitors. Check out the Vondelpark Openluchttheater, an open-air theatre with shows from June until August. Vondelpark also has a playground and a few restaurants and bars.
4. Red Light District: De Wallen, Amsterdam's Red Light District is notorious for its sex shops, legal prostitution, and adult theaters. If you are not into that stuff the Red Light District is still worth checking out. De Wallen also features a cannabis museum and coffee shops that sell marijuana.
5. Stedelijk Museum: Amsterdam has a ridiculous art presence. Stedelijk features art from the 20th and 21st century. Artists include Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, De Kooning, Judd, Lichtenstein, Nauman, Stella, and Warhol. The Van Gogh Museum is another great art museum in Amsterdam.
BEFORE YOU GO:
Movies Featuring Amsterdam: Diamonds are Forever (1971), Turkish Delight (1973), Katie Tippel (1975), Soldier of Orange (1977), Ciske de Rat (1984), The Assault (1986), Amsterdamned (1988), Amsterdam Global Village (1997), The Girl with the Pearl Earrings (2003), Oceans Twelve (2004), Red Light Blues (2010).
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