About Kim H
Lives in San Francisco, California
Since Jun 2014
25-34 year old female
I am born and raised in the Netherlands, but love to travel. I have lived in different countries, such as Spain and currently the United Stayes.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Flea & Street Markets
Historic Sites, History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Specialty Museums
Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
Theaters, Concerts, Historic Sites
After a lengthy 10-year renovation, the majestic Rijksmuseum opened its doors again in 2013. The museum focuses on history and art from the Middle Ages to present day, and its impressive collection includes many masterpieces by world-renown painters, such as 'The Night Watch' by Rembrandt and 'The Milk Maid' by Vermeer.
This quiet oasis in the middle of the city, just a few blocks away from the Rijksmuseum, offers an incredible green space that is perfect for a quiet stroll or picnic after a morning museum tour.
The Van Gogh Museum features the world’s largest collection of works by post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Some of the highlights include the masterpieces 'Sunflowers' and 'The Potato Eaters.' Additionally, you get to discover what inspired Van Gogh in his art through an interesting exposition about his life - sure to place his works in a whole new light.
As the name suggests, this square is surrounded by Amsterdam’s most important museums (Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum), and serves as the culture hub of the city. People gather here to play games and sports on the grass, have a picnic or drinks, and simply hang out with friends.
End the day with a relaxing cruise through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, and admire the city from a splendidly unique perspective. I would recommend doing this after dark, when the canals are stunningly illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.
The Begijnhof is a real hidden treasure. Surrounded by characteristically narrow Dutch houses, this peaceful and picturesque courtyard dates back to the late 1300’s and since its conception has been a Béguinage, a semi-monastic community of women who dedicate themselves to helping the less fortunate. A wooden house that is one of the oldest in the city, built around 1420, is also located here.
The perfect place to buy a present or souvenir! This is the only floating flower market in the world, and in addition to a wide variety of stunning flowers, you will also find a huge choice of bulbs here that you can take back home to plant. While this unique market is always a delight for the senses, it's definitely best visited during the spring and summer seasons, when there's more to see and smell!
Anne Frank went into hiding with her family in this 17th century canal house when the Netherlands was occupied by the Nazis during WWII. She and her family managed to hide here for over 2 years before they were discovered and then deported to concentration camps. After the discovery of Anne's diaries, the house was turned into a museum, which tells the story of Anne and her family through an exhibit of historical documents and documentaries. Truly a memorable and profound experience to have when in Amsterdam!
This originally working class neighborhood is nowadays an upscale part of the city, featuring many great restaurants and hip bars. Wandering through its maze-like streets while discovering the many hidden courtyards is a great way to get a feel for the real Amsterdam!
Although controversial, the 'Rossebuurt' is definitely worth a visit. It is truly a place unlike any other. This is not only due to the many brothels and erotic shops that fill the area, but also because this is one of oldest areas in the city, with a traditional 14th century layout of streets and canals.
Consecrated in 1306, the Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam that is still in use. This Calvinist church is known for its incredible architectural features, such as its grand and radiant windows and its large, beautiful wooden roof, which provides great acoustics.
Built initially in the 17th century as Amsterdam’s City Hall, the Royal Palace was soon converted into a residence for Louis Napoleon (Napoleon's brother), and remained a palace after the French Empire came to an end. Situated on Dam Square in the heart of the city, the palace is now open to visitors. Not only can you admire the beautiful architecture of this impressive building, but it also houses many exhibits that highlight the rich, centuries-old history of the city.
Located in the heart of the city, this vibrant square offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, from high-end dining to more affordable eateries. During the day, have a drink on one of the many terraces and gaze in admiration at the tricks performed by the street artists. Later at night, the square fills up with people on a quest for a fun night out - if you've packed your dancing shoes, join them and explore the various bars and dance clubs in the area.
When approaching the market, you will be drawn inside by the loud voices of the merchants making jokes and trying to sell their products. Open six days a week, this traditional Dutch market offers everything ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to electronics and clothing. A great place to try authentic Dutch food like the famous herring (you either love it or hate it!) and to find original souvenirs.
While nowadays Heineken is one of the most well known beers in the world, with almost 200 breweries worldwide, the beer company started as a small family business in 1864. To learn more about the history and products of this company, enjoy a detailed brewery tour, complete with interactive exhibits and plenty of tastings of delicious golden beer!
End your day by attending a concert at this beautiful venue. World renowned for its incredible acoustics, this concert hall hosts some of the most appraised international artists and musicians.