The Royal Palace on The Dam Square

The Royal Palace on The Dam Square

This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Royal Palace started its life in the mid 1600s and was the City Hall until King Louis Napoleon booted the City Council out and had the building converted into his palace in 1808.  The palace is used by the government now for...
Museum ‘t Kromhout

Museum ‘t Kromhout

Did the above pictures excite you, old engines are your thing, then you can find a little slice of heaven here in Amsterdam!  This museum is a working ships wharf where boats are now repaired and renovated.  In times past, Kromhout was an important designer and...
Zaanse Schans – windmills

Zaanse Schans – windmills

The Zaanse Schans is both brilliant and rubbish. The rubbish part and, in my opinion a waste of time is the Zaanse Museum (info mainly in Dutch) and the various so called museums that are actually shops, like the Bakery Museum, the Cheese Farm, cynical tourist traps...
Iconic – Papeneiland

Iconic – Papeneiland

Papeneiland means Pope Island, this little corner of Amsterdam was called that because when Amsterdam went Protestant in 1578, this patch stayed predominantly Catholic, albeit discretely so! Below the buildings in the photo, right on the corner, is a little cafe...
Iconic – Southern Church

Iconic – Southern Church

This is one of those picture postacard spots of the city, so much so that it was painted by Monet and if you stand on this draw bridge to take a photo of the church you will be right in the middle of Monet’s painting! Ta da… The Zuiderkerk was the first...
Panoramic – EYE – Film Museum Bar / Restaurant

Panoramic – EYE – Film Museum Bar / Restaurant

    I’ve put this in the Views section not the Museums section as it has unparallelled views over the water behind Central Station. The bar & restaurant are in the museum but free entry and have an amazing view.  The super modern building is made...