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Amsterdam Travel Guide

East of the Amstel

Compared with many parts of the city, there's a gracious and spacious feel to the Plantage with wide boulevards, parks, and elegant 19th-century architecture similar to the Museum District. It's a nice wander with a handful of family attractions and some excellent museums.

Its earliest roots are in the 17th century, when the area was divided into 15 parks and it was a recreational

zone for the wealthy. Rare plants brought back on VOC ships were taken to the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, where famous botanists like Linnaeus researched. On the corner of the Linnaeusstraat (the street where Theo van Gogh was murdered), the Tropenmuseum provides insight into different cultures. Top draw in the area is Artis Zoo and its Neoclassical aquarium built in 1882, which you can also appreciate from the roadside.

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