City Orientation Walk, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It is famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements that keep drawing in people from the whole world all year round. Here are some suggestions on the top-rated tourist attractions of this extraordinary city.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: kane
Centraal Station

1) Centraal Station (must see)

When in Amsterdam you are bound to enter the Centraal Station at least once during your visit. With over 1500 trains that ply daily through the station, it is one of the busiest places in Amsterdam. Almost 250,000 commuters go through the Central daily and in the truest sense it is the heart of the city.

The Central station began service in the late 19th century. Designed by architects P.J.H. Cuypers and A. L. van Gendt, the structure symbolized the rebirth of the once unstable financial...   view more
Tulip Museum

2) Tulip Museum (must see)

Located in Jordaan is a small but quite a fascinating museum dedicated to the most notorious flower in the history of Netherlands -- the Tulip. A flower that has played such an important role in shaping the history of the country is bound to have a museum dedicated to telling its tale and the Tulip Museum or the Tulpenmuseum does exactly that.

Tulips were introduced in the Netherlands and Europe in the mid-16th century by the Ottoman Empire. The delicate flower soon caught the attention of...   view more
Anne Frank House

3) Anne Frank House (must see)

The name Anne Frank must have rung a bell somewhere. Just to revive your memories, Anne Frank was a 13-year-old Jewish girl residing in the Netherlands with her family. Originally residents of Germany, after the Nazis gained power in Germany and life started getting difficult for the Jews, she and her family sought shelter in the Netherlands. However, little did the family know that soon the Nazi terror would come and haunt them even in their asylum.

The Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Magna Plaza

4) Magna Plaza

Directly behind the Queens Palace on the Dam square an elegant 19th century building, now one of the few shopping malls in Amsterdam – Magna Plaza is found. It was built in 1895–1899 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style. The building is a rijksmonument since July 9, 1974, and is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites. The brick exterior is heavily and variedly decorated with dimension stone, and with framings for all windows and doors. Across the roof edges are a large number of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

5) Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) (must see)

The Nieuwe Kerk or the “New Church” is located on Dam square next to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and was built in the 14th century. This church was built since Oude Kerk (Old Church) was unable to serve the increasing number of parishioners. After being damaged by fire several times in 1645, the Church was rebuilt in Gothic style. Dutch Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima married in this Church in 2002. It has been the National Church since 1815 and has been hosting royal weddings...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dam Square Area

6) Dam Square Area (must see)

Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city. The Dam derives its name from its original function: a dam on the Amstel River, hence also the name of the city. Built in approximately 1270, the dam formed the first connection between the settlements on the sides of the river.

As the dam was gradually built up it became wide enough for a town square, which remained the core...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Palace

7) Royal Palace (must see)

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is one of four palaces in the Netherlands which is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk. The town hall was opened on 20 July 1655 by Cornelis de...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Madame Tussaud's Scenerama

8) Madame Tussaud's Scenerama (must see)

What was once a unique skill and a collection of inherited wealth is today a worldwide phenomenon. So popular has the name Madam Tussaud become today, that anyone in the world can instantly predict what he is going to encounter. A brand in its own right, the Madam Tussaud’s is the largest tourist attraction in many cities. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam is the Madam Tussaud’s Scenerama.

After taking a good look at the works of some noted figures in...   view more
Amsterdam Museum

9) Amsterdam Museum

Set in the heart of Amsterdam is the Historical museum or more recently known as the Amsterdam Museum. The Museum relays to you the story of a small medieval town which has grown to become one of the most popular cities in the world.

Through its exhibition and artifacts, one can relive the city’s history and experience its existence, growth, downfall and revival. With compelling exhibits that shine light upon the Dutch Golden era, the Middle Ages along with other archeologically...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

10) Kalverstraat

Kalverstraat, probably the busiest shopping street in Amsterdam, stretches across the city center. It is named after the kalvermarkt ("calves market") that was held here until the 17th century. It features stores like Mango, Esprit, Zara, WE, and H&M. Also on Kalverstraat there is Kalvertoren Shopping Center, a big brash mall with 45 stores, cafés, restaurants, and the department store...   view more

11) Leidsestraat

Leidsestraat is a busy Amsterdam street, located between the King's Square and the Leidseplein. It has many luxurious clothing boutiques like Karen Millen as well as cheap souvenir...   view more
Rembrandt House Museum

12) Rembrandt House Museum (must see)

Rembrandt was a Dutch painter who is considered as one of the most important artists in the Golden Dutch Era in the midst of the 17th century. The Dutch Empire enjoyed maximum power and fame in this period. Among the various talents that Rembrandt possessed, he was an exceptional painter and specialized in portraits, self-portraits, war, and biblical scenes. His work comprises over 300 pieces in the form of paintings, sketches, etching, and drawings.

Standing modestly on the Jodenbreestraat...   view more
Waterlooplein Flea Market

13) Waterlooplein Flea Market (must see)

No trip to a city is complete without a visit to the local bazaars and markets of the place. The Waterlooplein Flea Market is one such destination you cannot afford to miss. One of the most interesting places in Amsterdam, the Waterlooplein Flea Market is also one of the oldest markets in the city. If you have the patience, you can find almost anything under the sun here. From the trendiest attires to old military uniforms; from jewelry, antiques and electronics to getting yourself a great deal...   view more
Jewish Historical Museum

14) Jewish Historical Museum (must see)

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s old Jewish district is one of the most detailed museums dedicated to Jews. Housed between four medieval synagogues, the museum shines light upon the history of the Jews of Amsterdam and their journey to the present day.

Amsterdam was the haven for Jewish community for a long time. Known as "Mokum" in Hebrew, Jewish communities like the Sephardic from Iberian peninsula and the Ashkenazi from Central and Eastern Europe sought refuge and...   view more
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

15) ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo (must see)

ARTIS, short for Natura Artis Magistra (Latin for "Nature is the teacher of art and science"), is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. Artis Royal Zoo is not just a zoo, it also contains an aquarium and a planetarium. Artis also has an arboretum and a fairly large art collection. A part of the art collection is on display in the Aquarium building of the zoo. Artis contains 27 monumental buildings, most...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Grachtengordel (Dutch for the Canal District) is an international icon of urban planning and architecture in Amsterdam. Still very much intact after four centuries, the area is known for its small bridges, crossing the canals, and 17th-century homes. Forming a horseshoe around the Old City Centre, the Canal Ring comprises Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals, built during Amsterdam's Golden Era. Interconnected with streets, the three canals offer a plethora of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities, complete with cultural attractions, among which are the Pipe Museum, The Cat Cabinet, the Torture Museum, the Mint Tower and others. A walk around Amsterdam Canal Belt will leave you anything but bored.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
New Side (Dam Square) Walking Tour

New Side (Dam Square) Walking Tour

This walking tour takes you to and around New Side (Dam Square) in the historic center of Amsterdam whose notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most popular and important locations in the city, much as the whole of the Netherlands. The tour's highlights include the Centraal Station, the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and the National Monument.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Museum Quarter Walk

Museum Quarter Walk

The museums of Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions of the city. Some of its museums are quite small, but nevertheless important, and some, like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are world famous and should not be missed. This tour gives you an opportunity to visit Amsterdam's most renowned museums and learn more about history, art and even the world of diamonds.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

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