Exploring Amsterdam’s Arts and Culture

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The Dutch capital is an iconic city full of culture and history. This article will take you on a tour just to introduce the most interesting sights and monuments of Amsterdam to you, and we will give you a closer look at the past events and memorials of interesting people.

Well, several monuments are made in the form of statues and lots of other artworks spread widely in the most famous streets around the center of Amsterdam. If you are heading to the center of the city, then odds are you’ll be walking right by them!

Here is a short list of monuments you might see, in addition to some ideas on uncovering Amsterdam’s culture and history, so that you’ll know what you’re looking at!

So shall we begin?

Cultural things to do in Amsterdam

There is an endless list of the things that you can do in the Netherlands in any weather, with many of the most rewarding and joyful experiences to be found when you just follow a path other than the one that is already known to most tourists that come to visit the Netherlands.

Shall we now go through that less trodden path and discover some of the Dutch history?

Hop on a bike

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The Netherlands actually comes on the top of the list when it comes to cycling and that is because there’s no finer way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions than by pedal power, Netherlands does have 800,000 bicycles, that is more bikes than people!

Once you hop on a bike in Amsterdam, you will know for sure that is riding a bike and wandering around the city is a way of life, so I definitely encourage you to ride a bike in Amsterdam!

Get lost in the arty Jordaan

Bike rides, amsterdam

Known as the most beautiful neighborhood in Amsterdam, once you start wandering in the Jordaan, you will feel like you’re traveling in time. Once you get lost in the narrow streets and quaint buildings you will know immediately that it is a working-class neighborhood.

Dotted with independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens and atmospheric restaurants, lose the map and get lost in the labyrinth of narrow lanes that sprawl eastwards from Prinsengracht canal known as the 9 Streets; one of Amsterdam’s most rewarding shopping experiences. You will not regret it.

Soak up some culture in Museumplein

You will feel the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam once you see the home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

Once you spot the leafy district from the 19th century Oud-Zuid, and the open square between the buildings pulses with activity all day, you know you’re in the right place. With open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool to dip your toes into, warmer days will be so much fun.

And in winter months, the square transforms with a vast outdoor ice rink to skate among the most beautiful sights.

Monuments in Amsterdam

The National Monument, Dam Square

The National Monument, Dam Square, amsterdam
The National Monument, Dam Square

At a height of 22 meters in the middle of dam square designed by J.J.P. Oud in 1956, you will easily detect an enormous white pillar which is a significant monumental build in the honor of those who perished in the armed conflict WORLD WAR II

And on May the 4th of every year a ceremony is made to commemorate the war heroes as a national event.

Once you lay your eyes on the National Monument, you will see that the white pillar is surrounded with several statues which are in fact a representing to some certain unforgettable events that happened during and after WWII in Netherlands.

You will see two men that represent the resistance, a woman with a child between her arms and doves are flying around her – these are representing victory, peace and new life, and two lions representing the Netherlands.

On the monument you’ll find the Latin sentence: “Hic Ubi cor patriae monumentum cordibus intus quod gestant cives spectet ad astra dei”, meaning: “Here, at the heart of the fatherland, may this monument which citizens carry in their heart, gaze at God’s stars”.

Rembrandt statue, Rembrandtplein

Rembrndt statue, Rembrandtplein, amsterdam
Rembrndt statue, Rembrandtplein

This is a monument that has been designed in 1847 by Louis Royer located between the Amstel and the Herengracht, and that is the most beloved place due to its beautiful calm atmosphere and terraces, and there in this beautiful place you will a statue for the painter Rembrandt Harmensz, van Rijn (1606-1669).

Once your eyes fall down on that statue you will notice the best representing of the 19th-century Dutch sculpting artworks which showed him standing and holding his painter’s tools

In front of the base it says “Rembrandt“, and the back says “Hulde van het nageslacht, anno 1852” (Tribute of the posterity, anno 1852).

At the feet of the statue’s feet, there are 22 more familiar figures!

Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch can be seen in full-sized bronze sculptures; a real sight to behold.

Auschwitz monument, Wertheimpark

Auschwitz monument, Wertheimpark, amsterdam
Auschwitz monument, Wertheimpark

Located next to the Hortus Botanicus you’ll notice and detect this great monument designed by Jan Wolkers in 1977.

The Auschwitz monument can be found the oldest park in Amsterdam, This monument commemorates those who perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Every year, a remembrance ceremony takes place by the monument on the last Sunday of January.

Jan Wolkers, the designer of the Auschwitz monument, is a famous Dutch writer and designer. The image he created consists of broken mirrors and the inscription “Nooit Meer Auschwitz” (never again Auschwitz).

The sky is reflected in the shattered mirrors, symbolizing the idea that the heavens will never again be uncorrupted after the atrocities of the camp.


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Once you arrive Amsterdam, you will be having a spectacular vacation, what with cheap flights to Amsterdam from Almosafer from all around the world! You can also easily source for hotels in Amsterdam through them.

Make your trip to Amsterdam one to remember with these visits to the most well-known monuments and neighbourhoods!


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