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Amsterdam Attractions & Nightlife
Amsterdam is well known for its fierce nightlife scene and youthful atmosphere. However,
far less people are aware of the cityís cultural and aesthetic attractions. The city
streets are covered in impressively designed buildings and transposed along canals.
Amsterdam is also home to many world-renowned museums, including Rijksmuseum and the Van
Gogh Museum. The cityís center, the Dam, surrounds the train station, a relatively small
and flat area that is easily traversed on foot. To the left of the center is the Red Light
District, home to Amsterdamís vibrant nightlife scene. South of Dam are the streets of
Rokin and Kalverstraat, Rokin being a primarily residential area and Kalverstraat being
Amsterdamís primary shopping district.
Amsterdam is home to uncountable and unimaginable tourist attractions. All sorts of fun
activities—nightlife, parties, scenic spots, museums—are just a few steps away from your
Amsterdam apartments. Amsterdamís center
consists of 90 islands that are linked by 400 bridges. This alone is a sight worth seeing,
not considering the more than 7000 registered historical buildings also condensed within
the cityís walls. There are six notable places of worship that are well-known for their
architectural appeal, including the Oude Kerk, Zuiderkerk, Noorderkerk, Westerkerk,
Oosterkerk, and the Portugese-Israelite Synagogue. Catholic churches were forbidden in
Amsterdam for many centuries, and therefore most of the cityís Catholic churches were not
built until the 19th century. The Hortus Botanicus botanical gardens and the Artis Zoo are
good places to visit for tourists who are traveling with children, as well as the beaches
found on the western side of the city north of Ijmuiden. The Royal Place is a great
historical attraction, and the cityís many museums are well-renowned as some of the best in
The other side of Amsterdam is one that is considered one of the best party cities in the
world. Amsterdamís Red Light District is the place to go for the nightlife scene, an area
where marijuana and prostitution are legal and bars and nightclubs are abundant. Many
visitors make their first stop at an absinthe bar, which are fairly easy to find in this
district. At night, the streets of the Red Light District are packed with college-aged
students from around the world, and the atmosphere is friendly, excited, and inviting.
Shopping is another great thing to do in Amsterdam as prices in Amsterdam are not nearly
as inflated as those of Europeís other main tourist destinations. A good place to start
when shopping is Kalverstraat, the main shopping district. However, Amsterdamís many
markets make for worthwhile shopping experiences as well. Check out Albert Cuyp,
Lapjesmarkt, and Noordermarkt for a haggling experience and some great deals.
Article written by Jessica Elliott, Directory of hotels.