10 Spots to Enjoy in Holland’s Bustling Center

A maze of charming canals and narrow cobbled lanes has earned Amsterdam its moniker as the “Venice of the North”, but there’s a lot more to the city than picturesque pathways. Distinctly Dutch facades stand tall and regal, some housing marvelous historical gems and stories, others contributing to the aura of living history and urban atmosphere. It is a lively, busy, and multipurpose city, and that can overwhelm both first-time visitors and returning travelers. The good news is that Amsterdam has a lot of captivating sites and experiences for every taste, and you can begin your journey with any of these 10 great spots.



The Rijksmuseum is the quintessential Dutch art history experience. Recently reopened after an extensive renovation, the new building shows off a collection of 8,000 artistic and historical objects, including plenty of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Many travelers are most impressed by the late Rembrandt exhibit, but there are all sorts of noteworthy pieces inside and out of the beautiful building; if you visit in spring, a walk through the gardens is a great way to top off your day. One piece of advice: book your ticket online well before your trip, and try to be at the museum first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.  After all, the Rijksmuseum is one of the most visited galleries in Europe