Leading Tourist Attractions
The Netherlands has many unique sights, museums and attractions well worth a visit.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the largest museum devoted to art and history in the Netherlands, with almost a million objects in its collection and attracting 1.2 million visitors a year. The most famous part of the collection consists of Dutch paintings from the 17th century; the museum has 20 Rembrandts and a great many more outstanding works by masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. However, the museum also boasts paintings from the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries.
Van Gogh Museum
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. Nowhere else in the world can so many works by Vincent van Gogh be seen in one place. The museum allows visitors to follow the development of the artist?s work or compare his paintings with those of other 19th-century artists from the collection. In addition, the museum houses many exhibitions on a broad range of subjects related to the art history of the 19th century.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is located in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the hiding place in which Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II. The original diary is part of the permanent exhibition in the museum. A visit to the Anne Frank house has already been a poignant experience for millions of people from all over the world.
Every year, the very best, most beautiful Dutch bulbs are on display in the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is now one of the most well-known places in the Netherlands and one of the most photographed sights in the world.
Madurodam, for 50 years the smallest city in the Netherlands, is open all year round. All of the miniature canals, pretty facades and other typically Dutch scenes are delightfully reminiscent of their real-life counterparts. Schiphol Airport has occupied a prominent position in the mini-city since its opening in 1952. Its scale and central location remain striking to this day. The model airport takes up some 6% of the total surface area of the miniature city. Madurodam would not be complete without its airport, and would certainly be missing a key feature. A considerable part of Madurodam?s attraction is definitely due to the impression made by the airport!
The Zaanse Schans is justly famous for its unique combination of windmills and green wooden houses dating from the 17th century. A visit to "The Zaanse Schans" is an unforgettable experience. Visit Museums and mills, take a look at the wide range of crafts still being practised, take a boat trip, sit back and enjoy the tranquil environment.
The delta works or delta plan were created to prevent a disaster such as that which struck in February 1953, when most of the southwest of the Netherlands was flooded, from ever happening again. A plan was drawn up resulting in a complex and extremely expensive design, never before attempted in the history of mankind. A large number of technicians had to come up with new ways to build dams. New, stronger materials also had to be invented to make the construction of some of these dams possible. The Dutch like to think of the delta works, and in particular the Surge Barrier in Oosterschelde, as the eighth wonder of the world.
Did you know that Amsterdam has 165 canals, 1281 bridges, 110 water busses and cruisers, 8 wooden lift bridges, 2500 houseboats and 120 pedal boats? It?s well worth hiring a (pedal) boat to discover all of this for yourself.
The village of Giethoorn (population 2500) is unique in the Netherlands thanks to its bridges, waterways and punters. Here, you will find peat cutters? houses, old 18th and 19th-century farms nestling between the trees and wooden bridges; the best way to appreciate all of this is of course from the water, either in a silent boat or by guided boat tour.
If you would like to visit one of the museums, attractions or sights described above, call in to I Amsterdam Visitor Centre.
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