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Top 10 places in Amsterdam

Our app features the history of 124 monuments and great sites including places to discover Amsterdam. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Amsterdam

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(The Balance). Is the oldest door, of the medieval walls, that has survived; its construction dates from 1488. It is located in the Nieuwmarkt square where at a time public executions took place. A public balance was added to the door for the main purpose of weighting cannons and anchors, then the... Read more

Wester Kerk

(Western church). This austere Protestant church, in Renaissance style, was built between 1620 and 1638 on the draft of Hendrick de Keyser. Its 85 m high belfry is topped by a replica of the crown of Maximiliano I of Austria. There are two magnificent baroque organs one could admire at concerts.... Read more

De Wallen - Red District

Prostitution has always been allowed in Amsterdam, a port city, in spite of some attempts of interdiction at the time the Calvinists took power. In 1850, there were 20.000 prostitutes in Amsterdam and 200 brothels. Prostitution is limited to the red light district, which is only a succession of... Read more

National Monument

It consist of an obelisk of travertine marble 22 m high, raised as a tribute to the dead persons of World War II, flanked by two lions, the emblem of Holland. The victims are represented chained under a cross. There are embedded urns In a wall placed behind the obelisk, which contain soil of the... Read more

Centraal Station

Constructed between 1882 and 1889 according to plans by Cuypers, designer of the Rijksmuseum, and by Van Gendt, designer of the Concertgebouw, this huge building rests on three artificial islands and nearly 9,000 pilings. It was controversial at first because it hides the Ij river, where ships... Read more

Haarlem Amsterdamse Poort

This gate made up part of twelve gates of the city's fortifications and gave access to the Amsterdam road. It was built in 1355, then restored in the 15th century, and again later in the 18th century, but always with respect toward the original architecture. The Spanish besieged the city for... Read more

Sint Nicolaaskerk

(Church of St. Nicholas). The sailors had chosen St. Nicholas as their patron saint; even before the (Calvinist) Alteration in 1578, there were several churches that had taken his name and, with the return of freedom of worship in about 1888, the Catholics could build churches again, and A.C.... Read more

Dam Platz

Is the most well-known square in Amsterdam; it came to light around 1250 as a result of the construction of a dam. At one time it was a market. It is surrounded by numerous buildings and monuments: the Real Palace (17th century, Van Campen), Nieuwe erk, (15th century), the Wax Museum, the National... Read more

Oude Kerk

(the Old church). Is the oldest church in Amsterdam, catholic at first, it was founded about 1250, but the stone building dates from 1306. In spite of numerous restorations, it preserves partly its original appearance. It was the first church with a single nave; two aisles were added in 1390.... Read more


Founded in The Hague in 1800, was moved to Amsterdam in 1808 and then, due to the importance of the collections, a new building was built from 1876 to 1885 on the planes of Pierre Cuypers, with a miscellany of neogothic elements and also of Renaissance style, richly decorated with sculptures,... Read more

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