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Culture of Amsterdam. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Stad Amsterdam While speaking about cultural attractions of Amsterdam, it is surely worth noting numerous medieval architectural monuments. Munttoren medieval tower is, definitely, one of the most notable sights of this place. The building of the tower was completed in the end of the 15th century. The tower was reconstructed in the 17th century and so today guests can visit this magnificent architectural monument of the Renaissance. Montelbaanstoren Tower is a no less interesting attraction. This tower was built in the beginning of the 16th century. The tower served as a protective facility during the Middle Ages. Nowadays it is used as the main office of the city’s water management.
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Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museu) is a noteworthy place among the cultural institutions of the city. The museum is located in an old synagogue. Its opening took place in 1987. Many artifacts have been lost during the war, but even this modern collection of artifacts looks very impressive. Pathé Tuschinski Theatre was opened in 1921. Today this theater is considered one of most striking sights of the city. A unique combination of architectural styles and an unforgettable design of the facade and lobby make all visitors stop in admiration for nearly a century. The full reconstruction of the building was completed in 2002. Nowadays a cinema is opened in it.
Dam Square is the location of the famous historical monument - National Monument (Nationaal Monument). It was opened in 1956 in the memory of victims of World War II. Every year on May 4 a solemn wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the memorial. You will find much pleasure simply in making a usual walk through the city’s streets as you will find many interesting museums and galleries there. Some of the local cultural institutions are truly unusual, for example, Museum of Hashish and Marijuana. This is the only institution of this kind in the world. Museum of Tattoos was opened in 1995. It has also quickly gained popularity among holidaymakers. During the excursion visitors will see numerous interesting decorations and ornaments from ancient times till the present. The museum has an interesting thematic literature. It is visited by more than twenty thousand people each year. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In addition to the aforementioned Museum of Hashish and Marijuana, the city has a Cannabis College (located very close by), where you can look at cannabis and marijuana bushes, as well as learn a lot of new and interesting information about what can be made from the plants. And, of course, Amsterdam cannot be imagined without visiting the popular coffee shop called Dampkring. It is famous for the fact that it was here that some episodes of the film “Ocean’s twelve” were shot. The institution is very much loved by movie fans due to its ambience, and places here are always occupied.
Canal Cruise, Amsterdam, Netherlands Another unique museum in the city is the Sexmuseum Venustempel. Where else can it be located, if not in a city of tolerance and avant-garde? Among its exhibits, there are erotic retrography, a sculpture of Marilyn Monroe depicting a scene from the extremely popular film “The Seven Year Itch”, as well as wax moving figures. By the way, the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is also situated in the capital of the Netherlands. Here you can look at the figures of Angela Merkel, Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Adele, Princess Diana and even characters from the comic book Marvel, among them – Thor and the Iron Man. Another interesting museum is Body Worlds, which will be interesting to visit even with children. Here you can learn a lot of new things about the human anatomy – but it is much more interesting how this information is presented.
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However, Amsterdam is not only all about museums dedicated to “the forbidden fruit”. When it comes to architectural aesthetics, the city has beautiful buildings. It would be imprudent not to go see them. Among them, Huis met de Hoofden and Huis met de Kabouters. The houses are remarkable in the beauty of their façade. For Amsterdam they are very unusual, which is why the locals enjoy looking at them. Another institution where you can acquire knowledge is the scientific center Nemo. The museum is unique in that you are allowed to touch the exhibits here, and you can bring all the “inquisitive kids” with you – their questions will be answered here immediately.
Amsterdam The Netherlands is famous for its mills (this is one of the symbols of the country). It is therefore impossible to imagine a traditional tour of the capital of the country of tulips without visiting the amazing mills De Gooyer and De Riekermolen, just as it is impossible to imagine a tour of Amsterdam without visiting the “Eiffel Tower” of the city. Function is served by A’DAM Lookout – a place that you can climb onto to “hang out” for a long time, admiring the panorama of the city – and at that time it “opens its soul”. Also worthy of note is Royal Coster Diamonds. It is considered a historic site, because it was here that the legendary Kohinoor was cut (it is now stored in the Tower as part of the treasures of the Crown of Great Britain).
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Amsterdam and surroundings

Plan your own excursion through Amsterdam: churches, museums and castles

Royal Palace, Amsterdam

» The Royal Palace is one of the three palaces in the Netherlands at the disposal of the monarch.
» The palace has been built to serve as a town hall in the Golden Age. Later, the building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon, and later it was converted into the Dutch royal palace.
» At present, the venue is used by the monarch for entertaining and formal events. New Year's court is annually held there.
» Numerous halls and galleries of the royal palace are adorned with paintings by Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, Govert Flinck, Jacob Jordaens, Jan Lievens and Ferdinand Bol.
» Rembrandt completed his largest canvas, The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, for the new Town Hall.

Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

» The 800-year-old Gothic church of Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and the old parish church founded approximately in 1306.
» In the 17th century the church became a place of marriage. The shrine was also used as the city archives.
» The remains of the famous Dutch composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, which has long been the young organist at Oude Kerk, lie there.
» Rembrandt was a frequent visitor of the church, and all of his children were baptized in the Oude Kerk. A small exhibition of his works has survived in the shrine.
» Floor of the church consists entirely of gravestones. The fact is that the church was built on the site of the cemetery. Locals are still buried at the site within the boundaries of the shrine.

Westerkerk, Amsterdam

» Westerkerk was one of the first purpose-built Protestant churches in Amsterdam.
» Today Westerkerk is the largest Calvinist church in the Netherlands.
» Approximately in 1669, the great Rembrandt was buried at the north wall of Westerkerk.
» The spire of the temple is the tallest church spire in Amsterdam; its height is 85 meters.
» Westerkerk is located very close to the Anne Frank House, where during World War II the Jewish girl Anne, her family and friends have being hid from Nazi persecution for two years. Westerkerk is often mentioned in her diary, as its clock tower is visible from the attic of the house, where the girl was hiding. Now, there is the statue of Anne Frank on the church square.

Montelbaanstoren, Amsterdam

» Montelbaanstoren is one of the defensive towers of Amsterdam, built in 1512.
» The tower is quite an interesting structure, as its massive bottom is crowned with a white colonnade with a clock.
» Due that clock people unsightly called the tower Silly Jacob, because the clock on the tower showed the wrong time.
» The tower entered the history of world art, as it can be seen at View of the Montelbaanstoren by Rembrandt.

National Monument, Amsterdam

» The National Monument is the memorial in Amsterdam commemorating victims of World War II.
» Annually on May 4 the memorial ceremony is held in memory of those killed during the WWII and the subsequent armed conflict.
» The central part of the monument is a 22-meter column-cone. Four chained male figures of the monument symbolize the suffering during the war.
» Two more figures, symbols of the clerisy (left) and working class (right) united into a single cohesive resistance are seen on both sides of the monument. A dog howling at their feet symbolizes the pain and dedication.
» Above the central bas-relief of the memorial there is a sculpture of a woman with a child and pigeons around them; that’s a symbol of victory, peace, and a new life. Doves are the symbol of liberation from the yoke of Nazism.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Amsterdam

Canal cruise
Where: Weteringschans 26-1, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 623 9886;
Van Gogh Museum
Where: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 570 5200;
Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
Where: Jan Luijkenstraat 1, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 674 7000;
Hermitage Amsterdam
Where: Amstel 51, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 530 7488;
Amsterdam Museum
Where: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 / Kalverstraat 92, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 1822; Tickets: € 10;
Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank’s House)
Where: Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 556 7105;
The Royal Palace
Where: Dam square, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 620 4060;
Artis Zoo
Where: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 3400;
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Where: Dam 20, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 0623;
Gassan Diamonds
Where: Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 622 5333;
Heineken Experience
Where: Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)20 523 9435;
Zaanse Schans
Where: Schansend 7 Zaandam, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)75 681 0000;
Keukenhof flower garden
Where: Stationsweg 166a Lisse, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)252 465 555;
Flower auction FloraHolland
Where: Legmeerdijk 313 Aalsmeer, Amsterdam; Telephone: +31 (0)297 398 050;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Amsterdam
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' , 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' , 31.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Soestdijk Palace' , 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' , 48.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' , 50.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' , 51.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Noordeinde Palace' , 51.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Amsterdam and around
♥   Art museum 'Hermitage Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rijksmuseum Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Van Gogh Museum' Amsterdam, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Stedelijk Museum' Amsterdam, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Cobra Museum' Amstelveen, 8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Amsterdam
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 17.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 26.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 35 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 35.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Kerk van de HH Laurentius en Elisabeth, Rotterdam, 59 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Liduina en Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Rozenkrans, Schiedam, 60.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Photogallery of cultural heritage of Amsterdam

Landmarks of culture on Amsterdam map: art-galleries, monuments, palaces, etc

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Culture guide to Amsterdam. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Amsterdam: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Amsterdam. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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