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Amsterdam Is The Venice Of The North

Aug 5, 2008
Amsterdam caters from everyone and its variety of accommodation reflects its popularity with options ranging from youth centers to luxury hotels. Amsterdam was founded in the year 1200 and used to be a fishing village based around the Amstel River. It was built with many canals with around four hundred bridges over them.

Today, Amsterdam is the nominal capital of the Netherlands. The "Amsterdam Hidden Treasures" project aims to allow Amsterdam visitors the chance to discover some of the city's lesser known tourist attractions. This year, it is focusing on the areas of art, history, performance, fashion and design.

Amsterdam boasts a plethora of cultural treasures and museums. It is houses over 50 museums, although not all of them are famous. You are sure to find a few of the more famous Amsterdam's museums in the Museum Quarter, such as Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

Visitors should make a point of seeing Rembrandt's House, the Maritime Museum, and the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Another hidden jewel is a hidden church in the attic of a canal house called the Amstelkring Our Lord in the Attic. These museums are just to mention a few. You will also find the Concert Building in the Museum Quarter.

The Royal Palace is open for visitors during the summer months. This 17th century building is still in use by the queen and is therefore beautifully maintained. All visitors should take the time to walk around the popular Dam square. The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein areas are wonderful areas to walk around during the day. Street performers, acrobats, arts and music will entertain you as you walk during this bustling part of town. Stay here until nightfall and notice all the locals attending their favorite
theatres, cinemas and clubs in the area.

The Oude Kerk is a popular tourist spot. It is an old church with little houses attached to its sides. Architectual enthusiasts will enjoy its Gothic-Renaissance style and it is definitely worth the view. After the Oude Kerk, follow the narrow vaulted passageway to the quaint Begijnhof, which is a garden is surrounded by many old structures. This is where you will find a medieval church and the oldest house in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam's natural treasures

Amsterdam has a lot on offer for fans of natural beauty. It boasts the oldest Botanical Garden of its type in the world, which was built in 1682. You can take a boat cruise or canal tour along the rings of canals. Take part in a bike, boat or walking tour of the city, a truly excellent way to see the historical sights.

Amsterdam offers many accommodation options, ranging from luxury boutique-styled hotels to self catering rental apartments and youth centers. Campgrounds that offer bungalows are also an option during Summer time.
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