About a dozen shops are available and each has a wide variety of flowers
and gardening gifts on
display. In most shops you will, also, find cannabis starter kits,
something we have not found in our garden shops at home. Although good
for a laugh, we recommend you avoid buying the cannabis kits, if possessing
or growing marijuana is illegal in your home country.
There are a few interesting non-flower shops on the "land" side of the street, but most
travelers focus on just one store that displays an impressive variety of
Christmas ornaments year round (just follow the crowd to the
At the east end of the Flower Market you will find a Maoz falafel shop
at Muntplein 1 (the Muntplein is recognizable by the
unusual clock tower at the former mint called the Munttoren), Maoz has several shops around the city and
has the best falafel this side of the Middle East. The seating is limited, but
the falafel is tasty and reasonably priced. There is another
Maoz stand just off Damrak at Oudebrugsteeg 30, as you leave
Amsterdam's Centraal Station.
A fleet of glass-covered boats ply the canals of Amsterdam. The rides are
more expensive than public transportation but the canals have a magnetic
pull for most tourists. You can buy various types of tickets, including one that lets you stop and
explore, returning to another boat later to continue your journey. Yet
another canal boat connects to the Museum Plein.
Canal boats in Amsterdam run on frequent schedules and there are
many locations to access the boats. The boats are popular with
tourists, after all, how many times
are you going to get to experience a canal ride in one of the world's
leading cities? On the whole, Amsterdam’s canals are pleasant
appearing, but more workmanlike than scenic.
The various styles of the houses along the canals are quite interesting and many of the
houses have unique architectural elements. Notice that many of the houses
have a small gantry just below the roof to allow heavy items to be hoisted
to upper floors. For those of you interested in the interiors of
the houses, you should know that several canal-side residences have been
turned into hotels where you can take a look.
Museum, known for its fine collection of classical modern art including
furniture, design, sculpture, paintings, drawings, graphics and photos, has
now reopened and is better than ever. Located on the Museumplein (Museum Square), the facility
has a new wing allowing for larger exhibitions of its renowned collection. See the
website for more information on its events and for
details on visiting.
The Nemo Science Center (the hulking green boat-shaped building atop a
tunnel in the harbor) is a great place to visit if you are traveling with
children. It is not everyday that you will run into a exhibition whose major
rule is "forbidden not to touch". We suspect the exhibits will interest
parents and especially children enthusiastic about science and technology.
official website for information on current exhibits and the
particulars on visiting.
is home to the first zoo established in the Netherlands. The Natura
Artis Magistra (the Artis Royal Zoo) was founded in 1838 and continues
to be a popular attraction for visitors to Amsterdam.
Featuring over 900 species of animals, the Royal Zoo provides a wonderful
respite from the usual pace of city life. In addition, the
grounds include a lovely garden featuring numerous bulbs and over 200
species of trees, an aquarium, the largest planetarium in the country, and
a zoological museum. It is a great place for family visits as there are
zookeeper talks, guided tours, play areas and something for travelers of
Artis (as it is called locally) is open every day and features Nights at
the Zoo on Saturdays during the summer. The Zoo is a ten-minute tram
ride from the Dam. See the
website for fees and information on visiting.
The newly renovated Hermitage Amsterdam is located in an elegant 17th century building at Amstel 51 in the heart of
Amsterdam. The museum is focused on
exploring the richness and grandeur of Russia's artistic heritage. If you are
enchanted with Tsars and Russia in the 19th century, you may find this new
museum just the place for you.
See the official
website for more
information on exhibitions and visiting. The Hermitage is open
daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The facility is closed December 25 and 30 April.
Waiting times as the museum are uneven. If there is a queue you
could be in line for up to an hour.
The Rembrandt House Museum is located in central
Amsterdam near the Waterlooplein at Jodenbreestraat 4.
successful painter, Rembrandt was not very good at managing his money and
eventually was forced to declared bankruptcy. The house where he
had lived for twenty years and its contents were auctioned in 1658.
The future master artist was
forced to start again in a much smaller house with only a few modest examples of
his own artwork.
The Rembrandt House Museum is the property where Rembrandt
spent most of his time in Amsterdam. The museum is decorated with
recreations of the objects that existed in the house when
Rembrandt in residence, as
his personal belongings were auctioned off to pay his debts. The
Museum displays its collection of Rembrandt's etchings, but the artist's
major paintings are in leading museums around the world, including
The Rembrandthuis is an attraction that we regard as a work in progress.
Take a look at
official website to decide if this is a stop that would be of
The final section of our Amsterdam Guide is titled "Things Travelers Need to Know for
Visiting Amsterdam" and covers transportation, lodging, drinking age, the "smoking" age, dining
tips, lodging, shopping, weather, day trips and more.
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