The Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Amsterdam

If you plan to book an Amsterdam city hotel, you will be missing out on quite a lot if you don't take the time to absorb the city's vibrant culture. If you only have precious little time to spare, make sure to take some time out to see these top sights around the city.

The State Museum (aka the Rijksmuseum)

This should be the first stop of every art lover booked in to an Amsterdam city hotel. Works from Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen and van Dyck line the museum's halls, along with a vast collection of sculptures, prints, photographs and drawings that highlight classic Dutch culture. The museum itself is a work of beauty, with its neo-Renaissance style embedded with neo-Gothic forms and decorations to provide a wonderful contrast in art that blends very effectively.

Van Gogh Museum

If you haven't had your fill of art from the Rijksmuseum, pay a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, also located in the centre of city. Wander around at your leisure and take some time to absorb all of the renowned artist's grand works. The museum contains pieces that reflect van Gogh's colourful yet tumultuous life, from his early works of peasant life and still pictures to later works created when he was free from his bouts of depression and hallucinations. If you want to get to know one of history's artists that left a true lasting legacy, the van Gogh Museum is a must-see.

Albert Cuyp Market

You would think that visiting a crowded open-air market might be the last thing you'll want to do - especially when you're ensconced in a luxurious Amsterdam city hotel - but then again, the Albert Cuyp market is not like any other market you may have seen. This particular market is the single busiest market in Europe - if not the whole world. More than 300 stalls sell various wares, from clothes and accessories to exotic herbs and scrumptious cheeses. Once you've shopped to your heart's content, you can lounge about in one of the many coffee shops that line the marketplace, before ambling back to your Amsterdam city hotel to inspect your purchases.

Red Light District (aka the Rosseburt)

Last but not the least is the infamous Red Light District - one of the city's signature tourist attractions. The Rosseburt is the symbolic heart of the city's liberal nature and it celebrates everything related to sexuality. This celebration is enhanced by the presence not just of brothels and adult goods stores, but of museums dedicated to highlighting the mysterious role that sex plays in human culture. So while there are quite a few shops to satisfy your curiosity, there are also many centres that will help deepen your understanding - making the Rosseburt much more than your average red light district.

If you're staying in one of the top hotels in the city, you really must visit at least one or two of the grand old city's attractions included in this list. Drink in the culture and history and fall in love with this quirky city like so many have before you.