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  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Amsterdam Museum

    Centrum | Museum/Gallery

    Any city that began as a boggy swamp in the 13th century and went on to become a worldwide mercantile powerhouse by the 17th is going to have...Read More

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  • 7. Anne Frankhuis

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    In the pages of The Diary of Anne Frank (published posthumously in 1947 by her father, Otto, as The Annex —the title she had chosen), the...Read More

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  • 8. ARCAM

    Oosterdok | Information Center

    The Architecture Center Amsterdam is dedicated to the city's architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, and hosts exhibitions,...Read More

  • 9. Beurs van Berlage

    Centrum | Building/Architectural Site

    The old stock-exchange building is revered as Amsterdam's first modern building and the country's most important piece of 20th-century architecture...Read More

  • 10. De Nieuwe Kerk

    Centrum | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    De Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church), which celebrated its 600th birthday in 2010, is a soaring late-Gothic structure whose tower was never completed...Read More

  • 11. Embassy of the Free Mind

    Western Canal Ring | Library/Archive

    Busts of the Greek deities of Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus, and Diana welcome visitors to this magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance...Read More

  • 12. Het Koninklijk Paleis

    Centrum | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

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  • 13. Joods Historisch Museum

    Nieuwmarkt | Museum/Gallery

    Four Ashkenazi synagogues (or shuls, in Yiddish), dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, were combined with glass-and-steel constructions...Read More

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  • 14. Multatuli Huis

    Western Canal Ring | Museum/Gallery

    This museum honors the beliefs and work (and continues the legacy) of Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820–87), aka Multatuli (from the Latin, meaning...Read More

  • 15. Munttoren

    Rembrandtplein | Building/Architectural Site

    This tower received its current name in 1672, when French troops occupied much of the surrounding republic, and Amsterdam was given the right...Read More

  • 16. Museum het Rembrandthuis

    Nieuwmarkt | Museum/Gallery

    This is the house that Rembrandt, flush with success, bought for 13,000 guilders (a princely sum) in 1639, and where he lived and worked until...Read More

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  • 17. Museum Het Schip

    Oud-West | Local Interest–Sight

    Right behind Westerpark is the unique Spaarndammerbuurt neighborhood made up of noteworthy monumental brick architecture designed by Michel...Read More

  • 18. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

    Red Light District | Museum/Gallery

    With its elegant gray-and-white facade and spout gable—the block atop the building that looks like a funnel, which used to signify a warehouse...Read More

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  • 19. Oude Kerk

    Red Light District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Amsterdam's oldest building has evolved over many centuries to look as it does today. What began as a wooden chapel in the 13th century was...Read More

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  • 20. Portuguese Synagogue

    Nieuwmarkt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Inspired by Jerusalem's Temple of Solomon, Elias Bouman designed this noted synagogue between 1671 and 1675 for the Sephardic community, the...Read More

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