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Amsterdam

Known as the Venice of the north because of its system of canals 
Amsterdam has an intense cultural life 
A city that can be visited in every season, Amsterdam alternates old and modern architecture and guards genuine art treasures in more than 30 museums (the most famous being the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s house).
 

 
Dam square
Dam Square
A point of reference and meeting place is the imposing Dam square, the heart of the city centre, full of coffee shops and different stores and continuously animated by the flow of tourists and the presence of street artists.  The Royal Palace, with its imposing neoclassical facade, residence of the Queen of Holland, and the seventeenth-century Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) overlook the square. On one side is the National Monument, a 22-metre-high stone obelisk dedicated to victims of the Second World War. Another great attraction is Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
 
Kalverstaat leads off Dam square. This busy shopping street, crossed by Spui square, where there is a book market every Friday and on Sunday artists come here to display their work. Spui square leads to the Begijnhof court garden which, at no. 34, has the oldest house in Amsterdam. Nieuwendijk, a street with souvenir stores, coffee shops and bars and restaurants for all tastes, begins on the other side of the Royal Palace. Dam Square is divided in half by Damrak, alarge street that takes the name of Rokin as it continues in the direction opposite to the central station. At number 11 is the Amsterdam Diamond Centre, where the art of diamond cutting can be observed. Parallel with Rokin is Nes, a street of theatres and coffee shops with a unique atmosphere. At right angles to the two roads is Damstraat, a street teeming with shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
 
 
Leidseplein Square
Leidseplein Square
The tourist office, a place of reference for every visitor, is to be found in Leidseplein, Mone of the areas for entertainment and nightlife in Amsterdam. In spring and summer this area is filled with musicians and street artists and has coffee shops such as the famous Heineken café and the historic Bulldog coffee shop, and many fast food restaurants and pubs. The Café Americain is on the ground floor of the American Hotel. It is decorated in pure Art Deco style and one of the most elegant cafes in the city. The bus terminal linked to Schiphol Airport is located near Leidseplein.

Leidsestraat, another shopping street, is in this area, together with Max Euweplein square with its giant chess board, which leads to Vondelpark, the most famouspark in the city. 
 
Rijkmuseum
Continuing from here on foot you reach Spiegelgracht, a street filled with art galleries including the imposing Rijkmuseum, and the Museum Square, with the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw, a neoclassical building and temple to classical music concerts.
 
Statue of Rembrandt.
Leidseplein is only 15 minutes on foot from Dam Square and almost the same distance, passing through the flower market, from Rembrandtplein, at the centre of which is a statue of RembrandtReguliersbreestraat and the Tuschinski Cinema, with its majestic Art Deco style facade and fairytale interiors, are nearby.
The parallel road running along the river Amstel leads across a bridge to Waterloo Square, site of the flea market held from Monday to Saturday, dominated by the Town Hall and “Stopera” Opera House, a building of red bricks, marble and glass.
 
Around the square are examples of the old Jewish quarter and a museum. Further ahead is the Magere Brug, a white, wooden “thin bridge” in typical Dutch style; nearby is the Carré Theatre with its imposing neoclassical facade.
 
Amstel River
The Amsterdam dependency of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg is at Nieuwe Herengracht 14. Many of Amsterdam’s masterpieces can be viewed from the monumental Blauwbrug, theblue bridge that crosses the river Amstel to the south of Waterloo Square.
 
Where to sleep in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
 
STARS
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
 
 
Text by Eugenio Sorrentino
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