Amsterdam Holidays Attractions Sightseeing Amsterdam

Amsterdam Holidays Attractions Sightseeing

Holidays in Amsterdam can be somewhat overwhelming. With over 1,200 bridges, 50 museums and thousands of markets and shops, it's easy to get caught up the sheer energy of a mini metropolis filled with twisting canals, crowded cafes and a bustling social atmosphere. But no matter how busy you are, be sure to visit these few essential sights that shouldn't be missed, even during the most frenetic of Amsterdam holidays.

Anne Frank's house, or the Anne Frankhuis, is situated in the centre of Amsterdam and is easily reached on foot. Visitors enter through the revolving bookcase to view the achterhuis (annex) where the Jewish Frank family hid from July 1942 to August 1944, when they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne Frank recorded the two years in her diary, now translated into 55 languages and published internationally. If you read The Diary of Anne Frank in primary school, the Anne Frankhuis is a must see on all Amsterdam holidays. Arrive early as the queues can be impressively long.

The Heineken Brewery, Jordaan and the Begijnhof

On a more uplifting note, the Heineken Experience is a tour through the 'world's most fascinating brewery.' Although Arthur Guinness might have something to say about that, it is certainly the world's largest. The immaculate brewery is an educational and fun experience; walk through at your own pace and learn how Heineken is made while you sip three of your own 10 oz Heinekens (included in the admission charge). Mingle in the bar with students, families and hordes of backpackers.

If you want to flee the afternoon crowds that pack into the city centre, take a walk behind the Spui shopping area to the Begijnhof. Originally a 14th century convent, the Begijnhof is a beautifully peaceful courtyard hidden from the hustle of the city. The wooden houses in the Begijnhof are some of the oldest in the Netherlands.

Originally built in 1612 to house Amsterdam's working class, the Jordaan neighbourhood has come a long way from its blue collar upbringing. Today the Jordaan area is full of students and young professionals, a trendy neighbourhood full of winding streets and alleys lined with galleries, shops and cafes. Such is its quirky nature that the Jordaan has been compared to village within a city. Stroll through and window shop or grab a traditional Pannekoeken, a sweet, sugary Dutch pancake.