Tours in Amsterdam are always memorable for the first-time visitor, if only because of the spectacular landmarks this city offers up for their viewing pleasure. Amsterdam also hides quite a few beautiful and amazing places which the locals are more aware of than travelers. If you plan on doing something different while in the city, just head on to one of these wonderful sites.
The awesome building is located near the heart of Westerpark. The whole building was actually built within a grand 19th-century gasworks facility. For that reason, the entire edifice gives out a distinctive industrial vibe. There is much you can do in this place, whose main attractions include the arthouse cinema, a coin-op arcade which is the largest in the city, music venues, and a number of restaurants. The place is open from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The City Archives
This wonderful museum in Amsterdam is different from most others in the city. You could easily get to the main exhibition into the City Archives completely free of charge. That would make the place seem run-of-the-mill, which it is not; there is a wide range of amazing attractions here, such as the police report provided by Anne Frank regarding a document which expelled Baruch Spinoza from the Jewish community in Amsterdam, and her bicycle that was stolen. The exhibition is not very crowded, which makes it a much more enjoyable experience checking out the temporary exhibitions they keep putting up through the year. This is one of the perfect places to dig into the past of Amsterdam. The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rem Eiland Restaurant
Rem Eiland is really a waterborne restaurant that is erected on a platform, which earlier stood at a distance of nine kilometers from the coast of the Netherlands. By the 1960s, the platform fell into the hands of a team of pirate radio broadcasters. However, the Dutch government in 1964 raided the place and these guys were forced to leave. Forty years later the platform was moved to Houthaven harbor in the city and was renovated into a stylish restaurant. Eating on the upper decks of this place is a really enjoyable experience, and just as easy is getting to this wonderful restaurant from the nearby jetty. This restaurant is open from Sunday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Pancake Boat
One of the main specialties of the tours in the Pancake boat is that all its travelers are offered a limitless supply of pancakes with syrup, powdered sugar, and fruits as topping. This impressive trip begins from the northern docklands of Amsterdam, and then goes on along the popular harbors in the city. On this trip, the passengers would be able to view the remarkable architecture of the place as they munch on delicious pancakes. The entire journey is about 75 minutes long. The boat starts from NDSM-Werf, and they organize numerous trips each available day. The boat functions on Wednesday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Zee Beach
There are really just a number of beaches in the city of Amsterdam, acting as part of a boundary line to the canals, lakes, or rivers inside the city. It is really worthwhile visiting these beautiful beaches, where you can enjoy yourself tremendously, especially if you go straight to Blijburg, where the Zee beach is located. This is a man-made peninsula that acts as a boundary line to the IJmeer Lake. The important highlights of this place are clear waters, golden sands, and a windsurfing school. You will also find a hut-style restaurant that is situated very close to the beach.
Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder
In the16th century, when Amsterdam was under reformation, the newly set up Calvinist Dutch government officially declared Catholicism to be illegal inside its boundaries. Devoted Catholics continued their religious activities in secret, and even built some hidden churches inside the city. During the 1660s, the upper story of a townhouse was transformed into a place of worship by the Catholics. This townhouse is located on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal in the city. There were a number of other secret churches built as well during this time. However, unlike most of those, this chapel remained untouched. From 1888 onwards, the chapel began to enjoy protected status as a historic museum. It is currently is open from Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.