Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Royal Palace

Opened as a town hall in 1655, this resplendent building became a palace in the 19th century. The interiors gleam, especially the marble work – at its best in a floor inlaid with maps of the world in the great burge…
Top Choice Courtyard in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Begijnhof

Dating from the early 14th century, this enclosed former convent is a surreal oasis of peace, with tiny houses and postage-stamp gardens around a well-kept courtyard off Gedempte Begijnensloot. The Beguines, a Catho…
Top Choice Church in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Nieuwe Kerk

This 15th-century, late-Gothic basilica is only ‘new’ in relation to the Oude Kerk (Old Church; from 1306). A few monumental items dominate the otherwise spartan interior – a magnificent carved oak chancel, a bronze…
Top Choice Museum in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Amsterdam Museum

Entrepreneurship, free thinking, citizenship and creativity are the four cornerstones of the multimedia DNA exhibit at this riveting museum, which splits Amsterdam's millennia-old history into seven key time periods…
Top Choice Church in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Oude Kerk

Dating from 1306, the Oude Kerk is Amsterdam's oldest surviving building. It's also an intriguing moral contradiction: a church surrounded by active Red Light District windows. Inside, check out the stunning Vater-M…
Top Choice Museum in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

Within what looks like an ordinary canal house is an entire Catholic church. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Dear Lord in the Attic) was built in the mid-1600s in defiance of the Calvinists. Inside you'll see labyrin…
Square in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Dam

This square is the very spot where Amsterdam was founded around 1270. Today pigeons, tourists, buskers and the occasional funfair complete with Ferris wheel take over the grounds. It's still a national gathering spo…
Notable Building in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Centraal Station

Beyond being a transport hub, Centraal Station is a sight in itself. The turreted marvel dates from 1889. One of the architects, PJ Cuypers, also designed the Rijksmuseum, and you can see the similarities in the fau…
Museum in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum

Simple exhibits here cover dope botany and the relationship between cannabis and religion. Highlights include an impressive pipe collection, an interactive vaporiser and a kiosk where you can create an e-postcard of…
Buddhist Temple in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Kuan Yin Shrine

Europe's largest Chinese Imperial–style Buddhist temple, built in 2000, is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Enter through the side gates (as is customary; the main gates are reserved for monks a…