3. Visit the Red Light District
Although notorious for its unbridled sleaziness, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is also a region of great historical import, and it is the oldest part of the city. The district’s official name is De Wallen, and it is also known for its 14th century architecture, not to mention its picturesque canals and avenues. There’s more to this area than just sex shops, cannabis cafes and window prostitutes (no pictures, please). Rising up among the sea of debauchery that the RLD has become famous for, is the Oude Kerk – the oldest church in the city. Contrary to popular belief, it’s also one of the safest areas of Amsterdam because of the large police presence.
4. Peruse the Rijksmuseum
A national museum that was recently reopened after an extensive renovation project, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a truly world-class venue dedicated to history and fine art. It currently displays a growing collection of more than 8,000 artifacts. Among the most important in the collection are original works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1885, the building itself is also architecturally splendid.