The Capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has many sights to see and offers many options for your vacation plans regardless of whether you’re traveling alone, with friends or with your family.
For those traveling with children, the Artis (Natura Artis Magistra) is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838. The Artis offers a Planetarium as well as a museum, various animal habitats, an African Savannah, an aquarium and is accessible year round by tram, train, metro or canal boat. With nearly forty acres, the zoo is home to approximately seven hundred species including amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects.
Because of the narrowness of the streets of Amsterdam and the high cost of parking, this is a great tourist destination for those who love to ride bikes, as the area is ‘bike friendly’, offering bike paths and bike racks throughout the city. Interestingly enough there are more than one million bicycles in the city of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam offers two universities, the University of Amsterdam and Free University as well as the art school, De Rietveldacademi and research institutes primarily for social history.
For those who love to shop, Amsterdam offers a variety of open air markets including Albert Cuyp market a great open air food market, Waterlooplein which lies just south of the Rembrandt House Musuem, offering food and cloths is the Dappermarkt, and the famous (and only) floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt.
Amsterdam is also home to the world-class symphony orchestra (The Concertgebouworkest) who make their home at the Concertgebouw concert hall, and there are a variety of other concert halls that offer shows that everyone is sure to enjoy.
While Amsterdam may be one of Europe’s smaller capitals, it has much to offer visitors, perhaps one of the most famous is the system of canals that spread over the whole city.
Amsterdam has a variety of attractions to keep your entire group entertained and busy during your trip there, be sure to visit the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board to plan your itinerary. With so much to offer you won’t want to miss anything!