The winding paths of neighborhoods in Amsterdam throw up plenty of to-do activities and must-try experiences to tourists and natives alike. When you tour Amsterdam anytime soon, explore any of the below places to make the trip an exciting one.
The Old Center
This neighborhood situated around Dam Square, building Oude Kerk, and Nieuwmarkt, is often referred to as the medieval heart of the Dutch capital. It is known locally for being home to Red Light District, which is replete with some must-try nightlife activities in the capital city. Despite its infamous status, this eccentric district situated around Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal canals is well policed and is free to explore on foot even at night.
Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht form an enclave of aristocratic houses that overlooks the said canals in Amsterdam. Some of the attractive tourist attractions and Dutch canal houses reside in this area, which is also known as the Canal Belt. They comprise of Anne Frank House, Grachtenhuis and Willet-Holthuysen museums, and many other attractions such as the 17th Century Pipe Museum.
This Dutch quarter is home to the three top art museums in Amsterdam city including Van Gogh, Stedelijk, and Rijksmuseum. The Museum Quarter is also the location of the world-famous music concert venue known as Concertgebouw, several upmarket shops, and one of the most beautiful public squares in the Dutch capital. Often people mistake the Museumplein to the Museumkwartier, but they are not one and the same.
This neighborhood adjoining Museumkwartier and the famous Vondelpark is a posh residential settlement featuring a shopping street known as PC Hoofstraat, with plenty of international boutiques and jewelry brands lined up along the way. You can find luxury flats that trace back to foregone past of the Netherlands alongside posh restaurants and feel an aura of wealth all around the neighborhood.
If you want to have a good day out when on a tour Amsterdam program, this Dutch neighborhood is worth the visit. It is home to Artis Royal Zoo, a quarter full of Jewish history, and a botanical garden devoted to the cultivation of plant varieties. The Portuguese Synagogue and a museum devoted to the Jewish history marks the western limits of the district and the residential developments in and around Oosterdok.