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Visit Amsterdam

<b>Visit</b> Amsterdam

Amsterdam is in the top 5 of the most popular tourist cities in Europe. The famous Amsterdam canals are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Nightwatch by Rembrandt is a must see at the Rijksmuseum, which which is one of several top museums in Amsterdam.

Something completely different is Red Light district, and the many coffee shops.

Planning your visit

Amsterdam can be visited all year long, most popular time is spring and autumn. Very popular are the days around Kings Day in April and Gay Pride weekend in August.

Sight seeing

<b>Sight seeing</b>

If you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time, you might want to see a bit more than the bars and clubs. For first-timers, the canal boat tour is compulsory: in an hour or so you'll get an excellent view of the 17th century canal houses from the water.

There are several tours which all take you through the canals, show you the hundreds of bridges and take you into the old harbour.

Also be sure you drop by the flower market by the Singel. This is where you'll find all your tulips bulbs and wooden shoes. It's souvenir time!

Ok, they are all women and the guys strolling around are mainly heterosexual, but if you haven't been to the Red Light District near Central Station, you haven't been to Amsterdam! Fortunately, most of the gay leather bars are nearby.

Museums

<b>Museums</b>

Be sure you also pay a visit to the first gay monument in the world. You can find the Homomonument next to the Westerkerk in the Jordaan area.

The monument consists of three pink, granite triangles, together forming one larger triangle. The triangle in the water of the canal is often used to commemorate the victims of AIDS.

Next to the Homomonument you'll find Pink Point: a gay and lesbian information booth run by volunteers. Pink Point offers information and flyers from local organisations. It also offers an assortment of gay guides, souvenirs and gifts.

The Anne Frank House is just around the corner from the Homomonument and another spot not be missed.

You’ll probably need to queue for an hour or so, but once inside you get an impressive tour through the Achterhuis, where Anne wrote her diary, and a holocaust exhibition.

museums

Shopping

The main shopping street is Kalverstraat / Nieuwedijk with all the major brand stores. The luxury brands can be found at the PC Hooftstraat near Leidseplein and at the main warehouse 'De Bijenkorf', situated at Dam square.

Beach and Parks

In summer Amsterdam has several city-beaches. The real beach is also not far away, Zandvoort aan Zee is only a 30 minute ride by train.

The main park is Vondelpark, with a gay area at Rozentuin. A bit outside the center there is a recreational area at a small lake, Nieuwe Meer, this area called the Oeverlanden has also a gay nude recreation and cruising area.

beaches and parks

Restaurants

Amsterdam has restaurants with cuisines from all over the world. Many new nice places have been opened in the city in the last few year.

restaurants

Night life

This site is all about the gay night life! Follow this link:

Amsterdam gay night life

More info

For more info about Amsterdam tourism, you can check out these official Amsterdam tourist websites:

I Amsterdam or AmsterdamTourist.nl