What is Amsterdam Famous For?

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What is Amsterdam known for?

Amsterdam’s canals, cobblestone streets and historic houses will give you the feeling that you have entered a Dutch Vermeer painting when exploring the city. Visit Old Town to stroll along narrow lanes past medieval buildings or head out to Jordaan district where there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, trendy boutiques and markets that make it such an inviting destination to hang out.

Dam Square

Dam Square, one of Amsterdam’s most beloved open spaces, is a must-see for visitors to the city. Featuring the 17th-century Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace) as its centerpiece, Dam Square also boasts several other notable landmarks and architectural treasures.


Amsterdam boasts a wealth of museums to explore, and it’s worth taking the time to check them all out. The Van Gogh Museum in particular is one of the top attractions in town, boasting 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Van Gogh.

Other great museums include Het Grachtenmuseum, which celebrates Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canal district. Here you’ll find an assortment of historical artifacts and displays as well as a stunning look beneath the city’s canals.


This tranquil courtyard lies hidden away in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. Here, you’ll find a large cluster of medieval wooden houses which were once home to unmarried religious women who took vows of chastity.