1 The Koninklijk Paleis

Witness Amsterdam in its full Golden Age glory at the Royal Palace, which began life as Amsterdam’s Stadhuis (Town Hall).

2 Grachtengordel

Amsterdam’s “girdle” of canals are the city at its most beautiful, especially along and around the Brouwersgracht.

3 Anne Frank Huis

A poignant memorial to the Holocaust, this is Amsterdam’s most visited sight by a mile.

4 Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Amsterdam’s merchant class lived in style and comfort – as the interior of this opulent canal house reveals.

5 Hortus Botanicus

See Amsterdam in bloom – at the city’s excellent botanical gardens.

6 De Hollandsche Schouwburg

Of the several memorials to the Jews of Amsterdam, this is perhaps the most moving.

7 Rijksmuseum

World-beating collection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age including Rembrandt’s wonderful Night Watch.

8 Van Gogh Museum

The world’s largest collection of van Gogh’s paintings, shown to fine advantage in this modern, purpose-built gallery.

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