Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Western Canal Ring

Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank Huis draws more than one million visitors annually. With Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitting alone in its glass case, filled with sunnily optimistic writing tempered by quiet desp…
Museum in Western Canal Ring

Het Grachtenhuis

Learn about the remarkable feat of engineering behind the Canal Ring through this museum's holograms, videos, models, cartoons, scale model of Amsterdam and other innovative exhibits, which explain how the canals an…
Historic Building in Western Canal Ring

West-Indisch Huis

Built in 1617 as a meat market and militia barracks, this historic building was rented by the Dutch West India Company (Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie; GWC) as its headquarters in 1623. It was here that the GW…
Church in Western Canal Ring

Westerkerk

The main gathering place for Amsterdam's Dutch Reformed community, this church was built for rich Protestants to a 1620 design by Hendrick de Keyser. The nave is the largest in the Netherlands and is covered by a wo…
Museum in Western Canal Ring

Bijbels Museum

A scale model of the Jewish Tabernacle described in Exodus – built by dedicated minister Leendert Schouten and drawing thousands of visitors even before it was completed in 1851 – is the star attraction at this bibl…
Museum in Western Canal Ring

Huis Marseille

Large-scale temporary exhibitions from its own collection are staged at this well-curated photography museum, which also hosts travelling shows. Themes might include portraiture, nature or regional photography, and …
Museum in Western Canal Ring

Multatuli Museum

Better known by the pen name Multatuli (Latin for 'I have suffered greatly'), novelist Eduard Douwes Dekker is most recognised for Max Havelaar (1860), his novel about corrupt colonialists in the Dutch East Indies. …
Tower in Western Canal Ring

Westerkerk Bell Tower

The bell tower of the Westerkerk is famously topped by the blue imperial crown that Habsburg emperor Maximilian I bestowed on the city for its coat of arms in 1489. The climb up the stairs of the 85m tower can be st…
Animal Sanctuary in Western Canal Ring

Poezenboot

Cat-lovers may want to check out this quirky boat on the Singel. It was founded in 1966 by an eccentric woman who became legendary for looking after several hundred stray cats at a time. The boat has since been take…
Monument in Western Canal Ring

Homomonument

Behind the Westerkerk, this 1987-installed cluster of three 10m by 10m by 10m granite triangles recalls persecution by the Nazis, who forced gay men to wear a pink triangle patch. One of the triangles steps down int…