Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest park and is a busy attraction all through the year. On a nice day particularly, it’s a great place to escape and unwind, but even on cold, frosty days you’ll find people enjoying the scenery.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam contains more than 200 Van Gogh’s spread over two buildings. If you like his paintings, you’ll very much enjoy a trip here but think carefully about when to go. It’s best to pick a quiet time because when it’s busy, it’s sometimes hard to see the paintings above the heads of the people in front of you. You may also find yourself in a queue to get in at busy periods although this is partly because there is quite a bit of security to go through before you can even buy your ticket.
The Amsterdam VOC is a replica of a three-masted sailing ship which lasted only a year after its launch in 1748 for the Dutch East India company (VOC). It was destroyed in a violent storm off the coast of the UK on its way to the Far East.
At Jodenbreestraat 4 near the Waterlooplein, you’ll find the house that Rembrandt lived and painted in for 20 years. Inside, you see all the main rooms including his studio and it’s well worth a visit.
This is our “top tip” for Amsterdam so we’d thoroughly recommend a visit. It’s a sea of colour in all seasons. You can buy your tulips as souvenirs or just browse around and smell the flower fragrances. There is no pressure to buy anything, so you can just spend time looking at what’s available. If you do want to buy though, the stall holders are all very knowledgeable and are happy to help – most speak excellent English.