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  • 1. A'DAM Lookout

    Amsterdam-Noord | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Originally constructed in 1971 as the headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell, the A'DAM Tower has now been repurposed as a hotel, and several bars...Read More

  • 2. Begijnhof

    Centrum | Historic District/Site

    This tree-filled courtyard is a residential hideaway where women of the Beguine order lived a chaste, spiritual life from the 14th century onward...Read More

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  • 3. Bloemgracht

    Jordaan | Neighborhood/Street

    Lined with traditional burgher houses of the 17th century, this quaint canal is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Many say it's the most...Read More

  • 4. Brouwersgracht

    Jordaan | Neighborhood/Street

    Regularly voted Amsterdam's most beautiful street, this wonderful canal at the northern border of the Jordaan is lined with residences and former...Read More

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  • 5. EYE Film Institute Netherlands

    Amsterdam-Noord | Museum/Gallery

    In an eye-popping, proto-futuristic waterfront structure designed by Viennese architects Delugan Meissl, this cutting-edge museum and archive...Read More

  • 6. Hermitage Amsterdam

    Plantage | Museum/Gallery

    Taking advantage of 300 years of historical links between Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, the directors of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg...Read More

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  • 7. Het Scheepvaartmuseum

    Oosterdok | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Daniël Stalpaert in 1656 as an arsenal for the Admiralty of Amsterdam, this excellent example of Dutch Classicism became the new...Read More

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  • 8. Magere Brug

    Eastern Canal Ring | Bridge/Tunnel

    Of Amsterdam's 60-plus drawbridges, this is the most famous, and it provides gorgeous views of the Amstel and surrounding area. It's said to...Read More

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  • 9. Museum van Loon

    Eastern Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Once home to one of Rembrandt's most successful students, Ferdinand Bol, this house and its twin (No. 674, next door) were built in 1672 by...Read More

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  • 10. NEMO Science Center

    Oosterdok | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1997, this copper-clad building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano (co-creator of Centre Pompidou in Paris, among many...Read More

  • 11. Rijksmuseum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    The famed Rijksmuseum houses the largest concentration of Dutch masterworks in the world, as well as paintings, sculpture, and objects from...Read More

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  • 12. Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Amsterdam's celebrated treasure house of modern art is housed in a wedding-cake Neo-Renaissance structure built in 1894. In true Amsterdam fashion...Read More

  • 13. Van Gogh Museum

    Museum District | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1973, this remarkable light-infused building, based on a design by famed De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, venerates the short and...Read More

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  • 14. Westergasfabriek

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This former gas factory from 1885 is now an arts and cultural center comprising 13 monumental buildings of various shapes and sizes, which house...Read More

  • 15. Westergasfabriek

    Oud-West | Local Interest–Sight

    Westergasfabriek was formerly a gas factory that, in 2003, was refurbished into a cultural hot spot and is also the home of many festivals throughout...Read More

  • 16. Westerpark

    Park/Playground

    Just beyond the Jordaan and across from the main canal that borders the Western Islands is one of contemporary Amsterdam's most cherished spaces...Read More

  • 17. Willet-Holthuysen Museum

    Eastern Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    Visit this house museum for a chance to imagine what it was like to live in a gracious mansion on the Herengracht in the 19th century. In 1895...Read More

  • 18. Albert Cuypmarkt

    De Pijp | Market/Bazaar

    Over 115 years old, the Albert Cuypmarkt (named for a Golden Age painter) is said to be one of the biggest street markets in Europe. There is...Read More

  • 19. Allard Pierson Museum

    Nieuwmarkt | Museum/Gallery

    Once the repository of the nation's gold supply, this former National Bank with its stern Neoclassical facade is now home to archaeological...Read More

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  • 20. Amsterdam Centraal Station

    Centrum | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The main train station of the Dutch capital–-there are 10 others–-was designed as an architectural statement by P.J.H. Cuypers, who was also...Read More

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