Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s most well known former residents. The Anne Frank House at Prinsengracht 263 is where she lived in hiding with her family for more than two years during World War II. Now converted into a museum it contains a sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war, as well as discrimination in general.
Anne Frank House
The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s grandest museums and it showed off its new (and old) look in April 2013, following 10 years of extensive restoration and renovation. The Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and perhaps most notably Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which once again has pride of place in a beautifully lit hall that allows visitors to enjoy every tiny detail.
Between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat there is an area known as De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), named after the nine side streets connecting the main canals. Together they constitute a charming neighbourhood full of unique shops, wonderful places to have lunch and a great atmosphere.
Nine Streets District
The Singel flower market is one of Amsterdam’s most colourful attractions. The small shops are located inside a row of floating barges – a holdover from the days when flowers arrived in Amsterdam every day from the countryside by boat. Besides flowers, a number of the shops also sell fun, affordable souvenirs. In winter, you’ll also find a large variety of Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
On Monday mornings the Noordermarkt is home to a small but delightful flea market. Here you’ll find a mix of second-hand goods for sale, ranging from antiques and books to clothes and household kitsch.
At the edge of the Noordermarkt flea market you’ll find a number of stalls selling fabric by the metre, leading you to the Monday ‘Lapjesmarkt’ (textile market) just around the corner on the Westerstraat.
On Saturdays, a popular organic farmers’ market is held at the Noordermarkt.
The Royal Palace sits upon one of the most recognisable spots in all of Amsterdam: Dam Square. Since the 17th century, this square has enjoyed a perpetual function as a meeting place for Amsterdammers, as well as visitors from throughout the Netherlands and beyond.
Spuistraat is a scenic street in the center of Amsterdam, which connects Hekelveld and Spui. Spuistraat was originally the Nieuwezijds Achterburgwal moat.
Spuistraat is home to several historic buildings, such as the Dominicuskerk, the Art Nouveau building of the DC Stähle bakery, and many others. On several buildings on the street there are large murals.