While no longer used for religious services, De Nieuwe Kerk is a lovely place to enjoy an organ concert or simply take in the majesty of its neo-Gothic architecture. Opening hours: Daily (10am–5pm). Price: €15, discounts for students.
Built between 1603 and 1611, the Zuiderkerk was Amsterdam’s first church built specifically for Protestant worship. The building has not been used as a church since 1929, but has been put to various other uses throughout the years. Open for tours of the tower in the summer. Price: €7.50.
This is Amsterdam’s oldest church, built around 1300. It also houses one of the Netherland's youngest art institutes. Opening hours: M–Sa (10am–6pm), Su (1pm–5:30pm). Price: €7.50, discounts for students.
This Roman Catholic Church is located opposite Amsterdam's
Central Station and was built between 1884 and 1887 in an old Baroque style. It’s not very ornate (the Dutch tend to steer towards plain and simple), but I find the lack of decoration makes it all the more powerful. Opening hours: M and Sa (12pm–3pm), Tu–F (11am–4pm), S (closed to visitors).
This open-air market is like a giant flea market. Everything and everyone can be found here. People sell secondhand clothes, hats, antiques, gadgets, and much more. You can also find new and
unused items. If there’s something you want, you’ll probably find it here. Opening hours: M–Sa (9am–6pm), Su (closed).
Every Sunday from the end of March until the end of October, this art market features a rotating series of some 25 artists selling their paintings, lithographs, textiles, and art. Opening hours: Su (10:30am–6pm).
This multicultural market began as an ad hoc collection
of street traders and pushcarts. The goods for sale vary from vegetables, fruit, and fish to clothing and even cameras. It’s the busiest market in the Netherlands and is reputedly the largest daytime market in Europe. The famous Dutch stroopwafels are prepared fresh here. Opening hours: M–Sa (10am–5pm), Su (closed).
I find this site to be overpriced and touristy (the other options in this section are better choices), but the Heineken Experience will give you an overview of the company, a few drinks, and some silly games to play. Note that this isn’t a functioning brewery. Opening hours: M–Th (11am–7:30pm—last entry at 5:30pm), F–Su (10:30am–9pm—last entry at 7pm). Price: €18, or pre-order online for €16.
This small brewery currently brews eight standard beers and three seasonal beers. The brewery offers tours and tastings, and it has a pub with an outdoor terrace alongside one of the few remaining windmills in town. Tours are offered F–Su at 3:30pm (English) and 4pm (Dutch). Price: €4.50 (includes beer). Due to renovations, tours are not being given until April 2015.
This is a Dutch gin museum. The self-guided tour takes about an hour and includes a cocktail and an interesting smell test. It’s tons of fun and one of the better liquor museums in the city. Opening hours: Su–Th (12pm–6:30pm), F (12pm–10pm), and Sa (12pm–8pm). Price: €14.50, visitors after 5pm on Fridays pay €9.50 (prices include a cocktail).
This is the city’s modern art museum, featuring works by Kazimir Malevich, Edward Kienholz, Willem de Kooning, and Andy Warhol. The museum was recently redesigned with more space and better lighting to display the rotating exhibits. Opening hours: F–W (10am–6pm) and Th (10am–10pm). Price: €15, discounts for students.
Rembrandt lived and worked in this house between 1639 and 1658. Daily demonstrations show modern visitors how he worked. You can also explore the house and see a recreation of how it was decorated during Rembrandt’s time. I wasn’t too impressed, but Rembrandt enthusiasts shouldn’t overlook it. Opening hours: Daily (10am–6pm). Price: €12.50, discounts for students.