Amsterdam Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Amsterdam - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Canal Rings 26


Eastern Canal Ring 7

Rembrandtplein 2

Western Canal Ring 17

Nieuwmarkt 12

Centrum 12

Red Light District 9

Plantage 9

Oosterdok 6

Museum District 4

Jordaan 4

Western Islands 3

De Pijp 3

Amsterdam-Noord 1

Oud-West 1

Leidseplein 1

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Arts/ Performance Venue 4

Bridge/ Tunnel 2

Building/ Architectural Site 14

Castle/ Palace/ Chateau 1

Garden/ Arboretum 1

Government Building 1

House/ Mansion/ Villa 1

Industrial Site/ Mill/ Factory 1

Library/ Archive 2

Local Interest–Sight 2

Market/ Bazaar 4

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 3

Military Site 2

Museum/ Gallery 32

Neighborhood/ Street 7

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 1

Park/ Playground 3

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 3

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 15

Tour–Sight 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

Winery/ Brewery/ Distillery 1

Zoo/ Aquarium 1

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Family 10

Gay and Lesbian 1


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Amsterdam Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Any city that began in the 13th century as a boggy swamp and went on to become the trading powerhouse of the world in the 17th century...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Throughout Amsterdam, but most notably along the main ring of canals and in the Jordaan neighborhood are numerous hofjes, within which...

Beurs van Berlage

  • Museum/Gallery

The old stock-exchange building received a hostile reception when it was first built but is now revered as Amsterdam's first modern building...


  • Market/Bazaar

This is the last of the city's floating markets. In days gone by, merchants would sail up the Amstel loaded down with blooms from the...

Centraal Station

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

The main train station of the Dutch capital was designed as an architectural statement by P.J.H. Cuypers. Although it has many Gothic...


  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Home to the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) and the Nieuwe Kerk church, Dam Square (or just "Dam"), is Amsterdam's main square. It traces...


  • Neighborhood/Street

This unavoidable and busy street leading up to Centraal Station is lined with a somewhat tawdry assortment of shops, attractions, hotels,...

Het Koninklijk Paleis

  • Building/Architectural Site

From the outside, it's a bit hard to believe that these ponderous premises were declaimed by poet and diplomat Constantijn Huygens as...

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

  • Museum/Gallery

This branch of the world-famous wax museum, above the Peek & Cloppenburg department store, depicts Holland's glitterati, including...

National Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

A towering, white obelisk-shape object on the Damrak opposite the Royal Palace, the National Monument was erected in 1956 as a memorial...