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Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and multicultural cities with a wealth of historic sites and contemporary culture that draws in over 3 million visitors a year. Known as “the Venice of the North” Amsterdam is filled with canals, beautiful public squares and fascinating architecture. One in three residents of the city originates from outside the Netherlands and these newcomers give Amsterdam a worldly character.

Amsterdam is home to 50 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and as well as the infamous Marijuana museum. Visitors can spend the day sightseeing at the beautiful parks as well as vast public spaces. There are several public buildings that visitors to Amsterdam can see including Oude Kerke, Dam Square and Hortus Botanicus one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe founded in 1632. Vondelpark is located just less than ten minutes away from the Van Gogh museum and it is the most popular park in Amsterdam with an estimated 10 million visitors.

There is a vibrant night life in Amsterdam. Rembrandtplein is known for its Dutch pubs featuring local music and local beer. Leidseplein is known for the numerous nightclubs in its vicinity. Amsterdam is also famous for its red light district. The red light district features pubs, sex shows and amusements, hash bars, and sexual services based in legalised brothels. Not all visitors come for the services this place provides and it is a popular sightseeing area. It is considered safe to visit but there is no photography allowed in the Red Light district.

To learn more about Amsterdam please consult this free guide.

Free downloadable Amsterdam travel guide

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