Museumplein (Museum square)
Home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the square named Museumplein is the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam.
Having recently been renovated to a world class standard, the leafy 19th century district of Oud-Zuid (Old-South) is an art lover’s utopia, and the open square between the buildings pulses with activity all day; with open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool to dip your toes into on warmer days.
So much to do in and around Amsterdam that it is very difficult to propose sites. Nevertheless for those needing some guidance we present here a few options.
Hit the shops around the Nine Streets
While many shoppers head straight to the busy chain-store mecca of Kalverstraat, those in the know get their retail therapy at De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’; a quaint warren of cobbled streets that connect the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat.
Here you’ll find over 200 retailers, including a fine selection of independent boutiques, vintage shops and specialty stores selling everything from designer dresses to handmade cosmetics. Find out more about shopping in The Nine Streets.
Visit the Anne Frank House
Reflect on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II at the Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years after feeling persecution in Germany.
The front of the house is now a thought-provoking museum but the back annex has been preserved to give an idea of what life was like for Anne and the families she hid with.
Waiting times are often lengthy; so visit early in the morning or book online in advance to beat the queues. Find out more about visiting the Anne Frank House.
Half-day tour (3 hours): Zaanse Schans, Windmills, Cheese farm
Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to this destination in just 20 minutes. The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century.
All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things.
The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue. At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own.
A video impression of the area can be seen here.
Much more information, tours and tips can be found using these 3 links:
Which Public Transport Ticket best suits your plans?
For information and booking of all tickets visit: https://en.gvb.nl/tickets
Depending on your plans and the duration of your stay, there are a number of different public transport tickets that are especially valuable for visitors of Amsterdam. We can help with unlimited travel by public transport throughout Amsterdam and the surrounding area, like Volendam or even throughout the Netherlands. There is always a ticket that best suits your plans. We will help you choose the right ticket.
A day ticket for unlimited travel in Amsterdam with bus, metro, tram, ferry costs 7,50 €.
An Amsterdam Travel ticket for unlimited travel in Amsterdam including travel to and from Schiphol Airport costs €16.
The I Amsterdam City Card featuring unlimited travel in Amsterdam including travel to and from Schiphol Airport and free entry to museums costs 57.00 €.
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