Amsterdam is a laidback tourist hub replete with impressive art museums, chic boutiques, and landmark sites situated along the Dutch canals. No wonder, the city is called as ‘Venice of the North’, for it has blocks that are interconnected by a belt of canals. During bright sunny days, one would get to see natives and tourists cruising on private boats, paddleboats, and rarely on rowboats along the waterways in the Canal Ring area. Such bohemian touristy places in Amsterdam have sights that seem straight out of a Dutch Golden Age painting.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a strong impact on Dutch tourism and retains architectures that have the charm of Dutch buildings of rich merchants to have lasted from late 16th and early 17th Centuries to till date. Most of them are known as canal houses that are lined up in a row in the area in Amsterdam. Try capturing a canal house that casts a reflection on the waterways when cruising through a Dutch boat; upon visiting a museum in Amsterdam, you might recall a similarity in paintings exhibited there.
The legacy of masterful Dutch painters including Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Hieronymus Bosch, and Piet Mondrian is still strong. If you are a fine arts lover, make a day’s time at least to check out some of the main museums in Museumkwartier neighborhood. The Rijksmuseum, with a large collection including Dutch paintings, decorative artworks, and Delft pottery, is a dazzling place to visit when on Amsterdam tours devoted to fine arts.
Other than that, consider spending an afternoon exploring the collections of Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum when you visit the Museum Quarter on separate days. These three museums in Amsterdam reside from a stone’s throw away from one another in the Dutch neighborhood, which makes it an art lover’s paradise of sorts.
If you a have time at hand after taking a canal cruise, museum-hopping, and plenty of sightseeing, check out the Anne Frank House if you are into history. The Jewish girl with a smile spent her final few days while staying hidden in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and wrote a diary that went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. You can understand her Holocaust story in the namesake biographical museum situated next to the Prinsengracht canal.