If it’s your first trip in Amsterdam, you’ll most likely want to visit Jordaan, Vondelpark, and Van Gogh Museum, but don’t overlook De Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets) and A’dam Lookout.
If you enjoy history, culture, and gastronomy, plan a stroll or a guided tour of Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. This picturesque district, located a few streets west of the city’s main railway station and flanked by the Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht, Leidsegracht, and Lijnbaansgracht canals, is filled with cafes, specialty stores, pubs, and art galleries. In addition, the Anne Frank House and the Nine Little Streets are located just east of the Jordaan’s eastern edge.
The 116-acre Vondelpark, located southwest of the city center, is a beloved green hideaway for almost everyone. It is not only Amsterdam’s largest city park, but also one of the most beloved in the Netherlands. Most recent visitors said they loved people-watching and picnicking at the park, however some reviewers advise against going late at night because the park may be a little scary once the sun goes down. During the day, though, the park is bustling with couples, families, and friends and is well worth a visit.
3. Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh’s paintings and sketches, including “Sunflowers” and “Almond Blossom,” are housed in the world’s biggest collection at the Van Gogh Museum. The museum itself is frequently ranked as the most-visited museum in not only Amsterdam, but the entire Netherlands, as visitors flock from near and far to witness the artworks made by the troubled artist, who chopped off his own ear and committed himself at the height of his popularity.
4. De Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets)
De Negen Straatjes, or the Nine Little Streets, are nine streets dotted with stores and boutiques that stretch between the Prinsengracht and Singel canals. (For reference, the Singel is the first important canal that round the city center.) Vintage clothes stores coexist with accessory stores and interior design businesses, and store hours vary. Recent visitors described the neighborhood as a great spot to wander and less touristy than other sections of the city. Though you’ll most certainly meet a lot of other travelers, you’ll also meet a lot of locals.
5. A’dam Lookout
A’dam Lookout, which opened in 2016, offers some of the greatest views of downtown Amsterdam from its perch in the southern corner of the Overhoeks area. The major feature of the property is its observation deck on the 20th floor, which offers 360-degree views of the city’s harbor and canals. Visitors can study the interactive display before savoring the vista. Over the Edge (Europe’s tallest swing) on the outdoor rooftop deck is a must-see for adrenaline enthusiasts, while foodies should spare time for a bite to eat at Madam (an internationally influenced diner on the 20th level) or Moon (the 19th floor’s premium revolving restaurant).