Amsterdam: Places to Explore


  • Canal Rings

    Forming an area of unparalleled historical beauty, the famous Grachtengordel, or Canal Ring, is located to the west and south of the city center. Call it a "belt" or a "girdle," the Golden Age landmark... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Jordaan and Leidseplein

    The northern sectors of the Grachtengordel canal ring center around Amsterdam's beloved Jordaan (pronounced Yore-dahn). Although this cozy, scenic, and singular neighborhood's working-class roots have... Read more

  • Museum District

    In short, the history of art is here at your fingertips (not to mention your potentially blistered toetips), as Rembrandts, Van Goghs, and Bill Violas are all on evocative display in the city's three main... Read more

  • Old City Center

    A city with a split personality, Amsterdam is both a historic marvel and one of the most youthful metropolises in the world—and you'll get complete servings of both sides of the euro coin in this first... Read more

  • The Pijp

    Named for its dirty, narrow streets and even narrower houses, De Pijp ("The Pipe") began at the end of the 19th century as a low-income neighborhood for workers, with cheaply built housing to match. Today... Read more

  • Waterfront

    Amsterdam was built on water—it's the source of the city's wealth and cultural history. Before Centraal Station was built, the center of the city was open to the sea. International shipping routes ended... Read more


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