Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Museum het Rembrandthuis

Housed in Rembrandt's former home, where the master painter spent his most successful years, painting big commissions such as The Night Watch and running the Netherlands’ largest painting studio. It wasn't to last, …
Top Choice Zoo in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Artis Royal Zoo

A wonderfully leafy expanse, mainland Europe's oldest zoo has a fine range of wildlife, with extensive habitats and room to wander. A lovely stretch runs along the canal looking across to the old Entrepot dock. Habi…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

NEMO Science Museum

Perched atop the entrance to the IJ Tunnel is the unmissable slanted-roof green-copper building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, almost surrounded by water. Its rooftop square has great views and water- a…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Joods Historisch Museum

The Joods Historisch Museum is a beautifully restored complex of four Ashkenazic synagogues from the 17th and 18th centuries. Displays show the rise of Jewish enterprise and its role in the Dutch economy, and the hi…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Verzetsmuseum

This museum brings the horror of German occupation in WWII vividly alive,using letters, artifacts and personal stories to illuminate local resistance to (but also collaboration with) the Nazis. There's also a sectio…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

A waterfront 17th-century admiralty building houses this renovated, state-of-the-art presentation of maritime memorabilia. Highlights include exquisite and imaginatively presented Golden Age maps, fascinating 19th-c…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Micropia

This is a germaphobe's nightmare. The fascinating invisible world is revealed at the world's first microbe museum. There are hands-on exhibits and microscopes to peer through and fascinating, if unsettling, facts ab…
Synagogue in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Portuguese-Israelite Synagogue

With dizzying wooden barrel-vaulted ceilings, this was the largest synagogue in Europe when it was completed in 1675. It's still in use today, and has no electric light – after dark the candles in the vast chandelie…
Architecture in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Scheepvaarthuis

Now the five-star Grand Hotel Amrath, the grand 1916-built Scheepvaarthuis is a neo-Gothic art-deco beauty, the first and finest example of the expressionist Amsterdam School of architecture. The exterior resembles …
Library in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

OBA: Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam

This being Amsterdam, it has the funkiest library you can imagine, built in 2007 and spread over multiple light, bright floors. The basement is devoted to kids, and has a wigwam, a huge polar bear and the magical, m…