The Major Sites of Amsterdam
As I mentioned previously, Amsterdam does not boast the scores of tourist attractions that the larger city three and half hours to the south does. This makes it quite nice as you can still take in the culture of Amsterdam while finding time to relax on your vacation versus having to run from place to place. So if heading to Amsterdam in the near future, here are the top sights you will want to check out:
The Anne Frank House: Anne Frank is one of the most well known figures out of the World War Two era and her diary holds a top 50 spot on all time sales for a novel. The house in which her family hid during Nazi occupation was converted into a wonderful museum that walks visitors through the Frank family history as well the timeline up until their capture. Portions of Anne's original journal are even on display at the end of the museum. The museum takes about an hour to walk through and you would be foolish not to buy a ticket ahead of time. Samantha and I had a ticket for 8:50AM, we showed up and walked right through a separate entrance as a line about an hour long waited outside (the line was 2 - 3 hours by the time we left). If you are only in Amsterdam for half a day, this is the museum to go too. Also, be sure to get pancakes at Pancakes! afterwards which is located a few blocks down the street.
|Samantha and I in front of Anne Frank's house.|
|The houses in the middle left was Anne Frank's house.|
|A portrait Van Gogh did...of himself.|
|Samantha and I in the Van Gogh museum.|
|The battle of Waterloo painting in the Rijksmuseum.|
|Samantha and I in front of the famous |
I amsterdam letters in front of the Rijksmuseum.
Dam Square: Dam Square is located in the center of town so you will almost surely walk through it at some point during you stay in Amsterdam. It ranks towards the bottom of my list in terms of city squares though. There was nothing in the square that captivated me and it also had hordes of tourists and entertainers as most squares do. There is no question it is worth seeing or perhaps stopping to have a beer at one of the outdoor cafes. My recommendation would be to go really early in the morning or late in the evening when all of the tourists are gone so you can really get a good view of the size of the square.
|Samantha in front of Dam Square.|
|Samantha and I in Dam Square.|
|The floating flower market in the canal belt.|
|The sunset at the Canal Belt.|
|Samantha and I in front of the canal belt.|