Planning a day of leisurely strolling and sight-seeing around Amsterdam? The capital and most populous city of the Netherlands is home to some of the most scenic cityscapes and cultural attractions in Europe.
Situated in the province of North Holland in the western portion of Netherlands, Amsterdam is a highly urbanized and populous city, considered as one of the top financial centers in Europe. As it’s also the cultural capital of the country, Amsterdam is home to many heritage sites, attractions, and historical landmarks just waiting for everyone to visit.
If all you have is a full day (or a two at most) to stroll around this beautiful city, here are some of the spots you should make sure to include in your itinerary.
Begin your tour in Dam Square, a town square which lies in the city’s historical center. There, you will find the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th Century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the National Monument (memorial for World War II victims), and the high-end De Bijenkorf department store. It’s also a popular spot for birdfeeding.
Here’s an interesting tidbit about Amsterdam: its name was derived from Amstelredamme, which means “a dam in the river Amstel.” Aside from strolling around its river namesake, every visitor must also experience its historic canals for which Amsterdam came to be called the “Venice of the North.” Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizergracht are the city’s main canals.
Amsterdam also has many notable museums that you shouldn’t miss. If you can make time for some museum hopping, head to the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House Museum, and Amsterdam Museum to get your dose of Dutch art, culture, and history.
To cool down from all the walking around and sight-seeing, cap your day with a relaxing late afternoon picnic in Vondelpark. In this popular urban park, you can also find the Netherlands Filmmuseum, an open air theater, and several bars and restaurants.