Ourinterestinghistoriccity is worldfamousforitsbeautifulcanals with the 17th centuryfacades, foritsexciting museums with paintingsfrom top artistslike Rembrandt and van Gogh, but also because of the many coffee shops whereyoucanbuy a little amount of Cannabis or Marijuana.Andnotleastbecause of the soccer club Ajaxand the legendary Johan Cruijff.
Around the year 1250 the canalsweredugfor the defence of the cityandfor water management. In the MiddleAges, the network was extensively expanded for the transport of merchandise goods from the harbourto the warehouses. Prosperousmerchantsbuilt the beautifulcanalhouses as homes andfor storage. The livelycity center is a swarm of canalsandstreetswithludic shops. Creative streetartists entertain tourists.
The best way toenjoy the Amsterdam Canals is to make a canal cruise.Youwillsailthrough a UNESCO World Heritage area.
Alongcanal the ‘Prinsengracht’youwillfind the Anna Frank House. Anne Frank, a youngjewish girl, is famousfor the diary shewroteduring World War II. Anne and her family, alongwithfourothers, spent over twoyears duringthe warhiding in an annex of rooms above her fathers office in Amsterdam. The entrance was hiddenby a bookcase.Unfortunatelytheywerebetrayed. Anne was killedby the Nazis in camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945.Her famousdiary is soldall over the world. More than 35 millioncopies. Youcanvisit the house whereshe was hidden.
Amsterdam Centraal Station is anexciting building. Itwas designedby a famous architect called Pierre Cuypers. Central station is surroundedby water becauseit was build on an island. A big water, called Het IJ,separates the north of Amsterdam from the otherparts of the city. Ferriesconnect the northern part with the city center.
On the North bank youcandiscover the world of film in Museum Eye. Admire the excitingarchitecture of this building. On the observation deck in the building next door, the A’DAM Tower,youwill have anamazing view over the historiccentre. Watch the daredevilstaking a ridewithaspectacularswing on top of the building.
Meet the Royal Palace on Dam Square. The square is the middle of the citycentre. The Royal Family does not live here, butitis usedfor State Visitsandother royal events. Opposite the Royal Palace is a memorial monument to the victims ofWorld War II. Behind the Dam Squareyoucan enter the red light district called‘The Wallen’. Around Dam Square there are popularshoppingstreets. The most famousoneis undoubtedly the Kalverstraat.
We visit the beautifulMuseumplein.For culture lovers the placeto be. The concert hall andthe three most important museums of Amsterdam together.
In the Rijks Museum youwillenjoyRembrandt’s masterpieces like forexample ‘de Nachtwacht’ and‘de Staalmeesters’. But of course the collectioncontainsmany more works ofinternational renownedartists, like Vermeer, Ruisdael, Avercamp, etc. Anotherworldfamouspainter is Vincent van Gogh. His workhouses in the ‘Van Gogh Museum’. Vincent van Goghhad a veryrecognisablestyle of painting. The futuristic building of the Stedelijk Museum houses contemporaryand modern art of nationalandinternationalartists. Tourists find a lot of fun at the I Amsterdammonumentright in front of the Rijks Museum.