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Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station

Will you arrive in Amsterdam by train? The beautiful Central Station building was constructed on an artificial island. This magnificent building in Dutch Renaissance style was completed in 1889. From 1860 the railways developed rapidly. The Dutch government decided to construct the railway connection Den Helder - Alkmaar - Amsterdam. There was quite a to-do about the exact location of the railway station which had to be built in Amsterdam. Many people were in favor of Leidseplein Square. Others preferred a station near the river IJ. As the then Prime Minister Thorbecke's heart was set on this second location, this was the place where it was erected.It took seven years to build the station. Unfortunately, on the side of the river it greatly spoils the views. On the other side, the downtown side, the station opens up to a lively square.

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Dam Square

Dam Square

Dam Square is the very center of Amsterdam. In contrast with the old days it is now a very peaceful square which is home to scores of pigeons.

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The National Monument

The National Monument

The National Monument on Dam Square was unveiled on 4 May 1956. It was erected in remembrance of those who died during World War II. Each year on 4 May many dignitaries, including representatives of the royal family, commemorate the victims of the Second World War here.

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The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is located on Dam Square. Queen Beatrice does not live here, but she does entertain her VIP guests in this palace. The red carpet is rolled out and the flag flies on top of the palace when the queen is entertaining here. Once the dignitaries have left, your are welcome to come and take a look inside. The Royal Palace was built 350 years ago as Amsterdam's City Hall. In 1808 Louis Napoleon came to Amsterdam. He was looking for a suitable place of residence and saw the impressive City Hall. He kicked the mayor out and had the offices changed into bedrooms, dining rooms and ballrooms. After he left the building maintained its purpose. However, you will see some testimony to the original purpose of this building throughout the palace. Beautiful paintings and refined sculptures refer to the managerial and administrative purpose the building once had.

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The Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is situated in the center Amsterdam: the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II. Anne Frank was a normal girl in exceptional circumstances. For more than two years her diary described the events in her daily life.

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Artis Zoo

Artis Zoo

In Artis Zoo you can admire animals from all corners of the world. You can also visit the Geological Museum, the Zoological Museum, the greenhouses, the Aquarium and the Planetarium. All these elements make up the inspiring "Museum of Life" that is Artis.

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Amsterdam Erotic Museum

Amsterdam Erotic Museum

The Erotic museum reflects what it is all about in the Red Light District. Five floors of erotic enjoyment and a collection of erotic art from all over the world. From way back in history till this futuristic century. Old masters and modern time artists give their view on erotics with their paintings and other artforms. A floor with a realistic copy of 'The streetlife' shows the original entrance of the Casa Rosso Theatre as it was in the old days. A floor with unique erotic postcards, photo's and more then 500 erotic books. A special fairytale corner with erotic videos will give you a look at the funny side of erotics. Not to mention a complete floor of Sado Masochistic objects and scenes.

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Red Light District

Red Light District

Every tourist has heard about this district before he or she even arrives in Amsterdam. This city's Red Light District is world famous. And the area around Oude Kerk certainly lives up to its name: red lights burn in abundance. But did you know that this district has more to offer? Not an area you would like to be seen in normally. After all this is the area where the city's prostitutes ply their trade. However, there are other reasons to visit this district. Some of Amsterdam's most beautiful buildings can be admired here. It is also a great place for unusual shops and interesting pubs and restaurants.

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Rembrandt House

Rembrandt House

In the course of the centuries many things changed in Jodenbreestraat. One thing never changed, however. Number 4 is the house where famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn lived from 1639 - 1658. His studio was on the first floor, his pupils worked on the second floor. Rembrandt's living quarters were on the ground floor. In 1908 the house was restored and made into a museum. The interior looks exactly like it did in the days when Rembrandt lived and worked here.

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Vondel Park

Vondel Park

Vondel Park is Amsterdam's best-known park. Its location is just perfect, in the middle of the smartest quarters of the city. The atmosphere is 1960s relaxed. Locals and tourists alike come here to jog, roller skate, ride their bikes or just relax.

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The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum boasts the most extensive collection of paintings by this master in the world. More than 200 paintings by Van Gogh are on display, as well as 500 drawings and 700 letters and documents. These works yield a fascinating insight into the painter's life and work. The building, which dates from 1973, became far too small for the many visitors it attracted. In 1999 the museum was renovated and expanded and now has ample room to display its wonderful collections at their best.

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The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is often called Holland's Treasure Trove. It is the largest art and history museum in Holland and is internationally renowned for its collection. The heart of the collection are the paintings from Holland's Golden Age. The museum presents works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt's masterpiece: the Night Watch. The Rijksmuseum has magnificent collections of silverware, Delftware, doll's houses, prints, drawings, mysterious Asian art and an extensive presentation on Holland's national history. The exterior of the Rijksmuseum is also worth your inspection. The monumental building dates from 1885 and was designed by architect P. Cuypers. The building has some lovely details, including tile tableaus, statues and ornaments. Cuypers also designed the lovely garden of the Rijksmuseum.

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De Oude Kerk

De Oude Kerk

This church is the oldest religious building in Amsterdam. Since 1955 restoration work has been carried out on the church. Archeological finds during the restoration show that the church was originally built in Roman style. When Count Floris V's troops invaded Amsterdam in 1274 and burnt down a part of the city, construction work on the church was discontinued.

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The Westerkerk

The Westerkerk

The Westerkerk church with its Wester Tower is one of the best-known churches of Amsterdam. As is the custom with Protestant churches, it bears the name of the point of the compass where it stands, not that of a saint. The design of the church has very few Protestant elements, apart from the fact that it has no decorations at all. The Westerkerk held its first service during Pentecost in 1631. The church tower stands well over 85 meters tall. It proudly bears the imperial crown with the city arms of Maximilian of Austria.

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RAI congress centre

RAI congress centre

Amsterdam hold a strong position as a congress city in fact, it is the 5th-ranking congress city in the world. RAI congress centre alone attracts more than 2 million visitors a year, including almost 400,000 congress visitors.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

When you are paying a visit to the Netherlands it is highly likely that you will be travelling via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the few airports where you can still find everything you need under one roof. Schiphol was once again named best airport in Europe this year and does everything within its power to make your departure and arrival as pleasant as possible.

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Rembrandt House

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Meet your own idols in the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Amsterdam. Be photographed together with Michael Jackson or Tina Turner. Madonna and Arnold Schwartzenegger, and lots of other famous people, are also here to welcome you. You can travel through the history of the Golden Age at Madame Tussaud's. You can also experience the first landing on the moon and meet famous TV personalities. And, if you aren't afraid of heights, you should definitely stand in front of the gigantic round window and enjoy the fabulous view of Dam Square. All of this and much, much more can be experienced at Madame Tussaud's in Amsterdam.

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The World Trade Centre Amsterdam

The World Trade Centre Amsterdam

The World Trade Centre Amsterdam lies at the heart of the Zuidas, which is quickly growing to be the most important business community in the Netherlands. In the fututre this municipality will play a pioneering role, both socially and economically.

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