Anne Frank’s House

You cannot come away from Amsterdam without visiting Anne Frank’s house which is a biographical museum. The story of Anne Frank was published in June 1947 and has been translated in 60 languages. The diary chronicles the period that Anne Frank, her family, and 4 others spent in a secret annex hidden from Amsterdam’s German occupiers. Walk around the maize-like house and see how the secret door appears behind a book shelf and journey through Anne’s life in the secret annex during the Second World War.

The Canal Cruise

For a city so dependent on its waterways, how can there not be a cruise to explore the beauty of this city. The best choice would be to take a hop-off hop-on cruise so that you miss a few queues and see your favorite spots. Else you can sit back and spot many of the city’s famous sights, including the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), the majestic 17th century townhouses around the Canal Ring, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the neo-Gothic façade of Centraal Station. Known collectively as Grachtengordel, Amsterdam's three main canals encircle the city and include dozens of additional smaller canals. Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht each serve the city's residents, while the 15th century Sigel canal protected medieval Amsterdam as a moat.

Museum Quarter

Unravel the vast cultural wealth of Amsterdam in this Museum district which houses the three major and most important museums in Amsterdam, the  Rijksmuseum, the  Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the  Van Gogh Museum. Even if you are not a great Van Goh lover or an art connoisseur, don’t miss this museum and view some of Van Goh’s genius. His work has been organized chronologically into five periods, each representing a different phase of life and work.               

 

Madurodam

If you have missed out anything from must-see list at Amsterdam, you can fulfill it in Madurodam which is a miniature marvel located on the outskirts in the district of The Hague.  It has an array of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large developments. The parks staff makes the models themselves in consultation with an architect. Get a glimpse of the Dutch Royal history and palaces, Dutch Delta works, the Dutch clogs ‘Klompen’, windmills and bulb fields, the street canals of Amsterdam, even the Schipol Airport with moving aircraft. The park celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012.

 

Floating Flower Market

The whole country is famous for flowers and especially the tulips. While going to a tulip-garden should be part of the agenda, however, spend some time to soak up this fragrant floating flower in Singel Canal. This is a relic from the days when flowers and plants sold at this market, were shipped in from the horticultural areas around the city, by barges, starting from 1862. The market is open through the year.  You can find a whole range of flora like the Dutch tulips and geraniums to delicate cypresses. In December the market turns shades of green with masses of Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes.