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The Flower Market

You can find the Bloemenmarkt (Amsterdam's flower market) along the Singel Canal between Vijzelstraat and Leidsestraat. The Flower Market is an attraction that adds a definite touch of color to this somewhat drab city.  Although you may not notice at first, the flower market is housed on a collection of barges floating on the canal.

The Flower Market is a compact oasis in the middle of AmsterdamAbout a dozen shops are available and each has a wide variety of flowers and gardening gifts on display.  In most shops you will, also, find cannabis starter kits, something we have not found in our garden shops at home.  Although good for a laugh, we recommend you avoid buying the cannabis kits, if possessing or growing marijuana is illegal in your home country.

There are a few interesting non-flower shops on the "land" side of the street, but most travelers focus on just one store that displays an impressive variety of  Christmas ornaments year round (just follow the crowd to the Christmas-Palace) .

At the east end of the Flower Market you will find a Maoz falafel shop at Muntplein 1 (the Muntplein is recognizable by the unusual clock tower at the former mint  called the Munttoren),  Maoz has several shops around the city and has the best falafel this side of the Middle East.  The seating is limited, but the falafel is tasty and reasonably priced.   There is another Maoz stand just off  Damrak at Oudebrugsteeg 30, as you leave Amsterdam's Centraal Station.

Canal Boat Rides

Canal boats in Amsterdam are a great way to transit the cityA fleet of glass-covered boats ply the canals of Amsterdam. The rides are more expensive than public transportation but the canals have a magnetic pull for most tourists. You can buy various types of tickets, including one that lets you stop and explore, returning to another boat later to continue your journey. Yet another canal boat connects to the Museum Plein. 

Canal boats in Amsterdam run on  frequent schedules and there are many locations to access the boats.  The boats are popular with tourists, after all, how many times are you going to get to experience a canal ride in one of the world's leading cities?  On the whole, Amsterdam’s canals are pleasant appearing, but more workmanlike than scenic.

The various styles of the houses along the canals are quite interesting and many of the towering, canal-side houses have unique architectural elements. Notice that many of the houses have a small gantry just below the roof to allow heavy items to be hoisted to  upper floors.  For those of you interested in the interiors of the houses, you should know that several canal-side residences have been turned into hotels where you can take a look.

The Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum, known for its fine collection of classical modern art including furniture, design, sculpture, paintings, drawings, graphics and photos, has now reopened and is better than ever.  Located on the Museumplein (Museum Square), the facility has a new wing allowing for larger exhibitions of its renowned collection.  See the Stedelijk's official website for more information on its events and for details on visiting.

Nemo Science Center

The unique Nemo Science Center in AmsterdamThe Nemo Science Center (the hulking green boat-shaped building atop a tunnel in the harbor) is a great place to visit if you are traveling with children. It is not everyday that you will run into a exhibition whose major rule is "forbidden not to touch". We suspect the exhibits will interest parents and especially children enthusiastic about science and technology.

See Nemo's official website for information on current exhibits and the particulars on visiting.

Artis Royal Zoo

Gnus, zebras, and giraffes roam the Zoo's simulated African SavannaAmsterdam is home to the first zoo established in the Netherlands.  The Natura Artis Magistra (the Artis Royal Zoo) was founded in 1838 and continues  to be a popular attraction for visitors to Amsterdam.

Featuring over 900 species of animals, the Royal Zoo provides a wonderful respite from the usual pace of city life.   In addition, the  grounds include a lovely garden featuring numerous bulbs and over 200 species of trees, an aquarium, the largest planetarium in the country, and a zoological museum.  It is a great place for family visits as there are zookeeper talks, guided tours, play areas and something for travelers of every age.

Artis (as it is called locally) is open every day and features Nights at the Zoo on Saturdays during the summer.  The Zoo is a ten-minute tram ride from the Dam. See the official website  for fees and information on visiting.

The Hermitage Amsterdam

The newly renovated Hermitage Amsterdam is located in an elegant 17th century building at Amstel 51 in the heart of Amsterdam. The museum  is focused on exploring the richness and grandeur of Russia's artistic heritage. If you are enchanted with Tsars and Russia in the 19th century, you may find this new museum just the place for you. 

See the official website for more information on exhibitions and visiting.  The Hermitage is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The facility is closed December 25  and 30 April. Waiting times as the museum are uneven.  If there is a queue you could be in line for up to an hour.


The Rembrandt House Museum is located in central Amsterdam near the Waterlooplein at Jodenbreestraat 4. 

Although a successful painter,  Rembrandt was not very good at managing his money and eventually was forced to declared bankruptcy.  The house where he had lived for twenty years and its contents were auctioned in 1658.  The future master artist  was forced to start again in a much smaller house with only a few modest examples of his own artwork. 

The Rembrandt House Museum is the property where Rembrandt spent most of his time in Amsterdam.   The museum is decorated with recreations of the objects that  existed in the house when Rembrandt  in residence, as his personal belongings were auctioned off to pay his debts.  The Museum displays its collection of Rembrandt's etchings, but the artist's major paintings are in  leading museums  around the world, including Amsterdam's  Rijksmuseum.

The Rembrandthuis is an attraction that we regard as a work in progress.  Take a look at the official website to decide if this is a stop that would be of interest.


The final section of our Amsterdam Guide is titled "Things Travelers Need to Know for Visiting Amsterdam" and  covers transportation, lodging, drinking age,  the "smoking" age, dining tips, lodging, shopping, weather, day trips and more.

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Best Places to Visit in Amsterdam

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The Flower Market
Canal Boat Rides
The Stedelijk Museum
Nemo Science Center
Artis Royal Zoo
Rembrandt Huis
The Hermitage Amsterdam

Page One

Anne Frank Huis
Van Gogh Museum

Page Two

The Dam and Royal Palace
Red Light District
The Heineken Experience

Other Amsterdam Information

Photo-Guide to Amsterdam

Things Travelers Need to Know about Amsterdam

Touring Tactics
Just a Day
Drinking Age and "Smoking" Age
Nightlife in Amsterdam
Dining Tips
Flea Market
Taking a Break

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