De Plantage in Amsterdam is replete with museums, concert and opera hubs, gardens, and the finest zoo in the capital city. If you are planning for sightseeing tours in Amsterdam city, this neighborhood offers a plethora of must-visit tourist attractions and other areas of interest. It resides around ten kilometers from the Amsterdam Arena, which is set to be renamed to Johan Cruijff Arena starting from next football season.
One can expect to find just about anything; street sellers tout passerby in this flea market. The public square Waterlooplein is home to the oldest existing flea market not only in the capital city but also in the Netherlands. It has more than 300 stalls, with most of them selling antiquities and other second-hand goods to the public for over 100 years.
You need to brush up your bargaining skills if you want to get the best deals in the Dutch street market, which stays open for six days per week. The Jodenbuurt nearby Waterlooplein is also worth the visit if you are a history buff. If you are that person, the Joods Historisch Museum is a must-visit.
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
Kids are always fond of animals enclosed in habitats of a zoo in Amsterdam. So, if you have a little one in the family you may not have to sweat to convince them to join the trip to De Plantage neighborhood. The Artis zoo comprises of one apiece zoological museum, aquarium, botanical garden, planetarium, and a museum that is a haven for microbes. All these habitats of the zoo reside in the landscaped premises. Its biodiversity includes 700 species of animals and 200 varieties of trees including the Heimans Oak.
This Dutch branch of the famous museum in Saint Petersburg finds a place in everyone’s wish list of tourist attractions to visit when on Amsterdam city tours. The building it now sits on used to be a 17th Century nursing home for treatment of the elderly, and although several renovations have transformed it into an architecturally stunning feat, one can still find traces of its renaissance past.
Since late 2000’s, Amstelhof has been housing Hermitage Amsterdam across the River Amstel. Visitors can understand Amstelhof’s glorious past in one of Hermitage Museum’s permanent exhibit floors, with the other room devoted to Dutch-Russian relations.