Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Sure, Madame Tussauds wax museum is overpriced and cheesy, but its focus on local culture makes it fun: 'meet' the Dutch royals,...
Opened as a town hall in 1655, this building became a palace in the 19th century. The interiors gleam, especially the marble work – at...
This 15th-century, late-Gothic basilica – a historic stage for Dutch coronations – is only ‘new’ in relation to the Oude Kerk. A few...
De Drie Fleschjes
Behind the Nieuwe Kerk, the distiller Bootz' tasting room dates from 1650. It specialises in liqueurs (although you can also get superb...
Rob Wigboldus Vishandel
A wee three-table oasis in the midst of surrounding tourist tat, this fish shop in a tiny alley serves excellent herring sandwiches on a...
This square is the very spot where Amsterdam was founded around 1270. Today pigeons, tourists, buskers and the occasional Ferris-wheel-boasting fair take over the grounds. It's still a national gathering spot, and if there's a major speech or demonstration it's held here.
Long before it hosted fun and games, the square was split into two sections called Vissersdam, a fish market where the Bijenkorf department store now stands, and Vijgendam, probably named for the figs and other exotic fruits unloaded from ships. Various markets and events have been held here through the ages, including executions – you can still see holes on the front of the Royal Palace where the wooden gallows were affixed.