Old-fashioned windmills, rustic merchant-houses and elegant canals that criss-cross the city, give Amsterdam a distinct character that you will not soon forget. World-class museums and vivid tulip fields add to the city’s plentiful charms. Art lovers will feel particularly at home here, as they feast their eyes on the internationally acclaimed Van Gogh Collection. Next, head over to the Museum Het Rembrandthuis, home to almost every etching Rembrandt produced, as well as some much more intimate memorabilia, such as his extensive collection of shells.
The importance of tulips in Dutch history is not to be underestimated. They were once more highly prized than gold. The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is small, but offers an intriguing glimpse into the evolution of the city’s culture. It also explains how a delicate garden flower helped shape the economy of 17th and 18th century Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum stands prominently among the finest art museums in the country, and exhibits work from more than 200 of the world’s maestros. It’s a must-see for art lovers when they travel to Amsterdam. The city has also earned fame for its gem industry, and the Diamond Museum is a sparkling reminder of this heritage.