The Artis Zoo, Centre
Founded in 1838, the Artis Zoo is the oldest in Holland. It consists of four main areas: Zoo, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Geological and Zoological museum. The zoo itself is home to animals from more than 900 species. In addition, a unique aquarium shows you the animals that roam Amsterdam’s canals. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues of contemporary artists, as well as a truly impressive, tropical rainforest greenhouse.
Discover a hidden inner courtyard., Centre
If you pass through the Oudemanhuispoort, you’ll discover a wonderful little inner courtyard here. This off the beaten track area is home to a daily book market and is part of the University of Amsterdam. Located close to the Rokin, it’s a lovely secluded area, albeit a little bit difficult to find
The famous Amsterdam Philharmonics Hall is called Concertgebouw (Concert Building). It gives multiple series of classical music concerts with a yearly attendance of more than 800.000 spectators, making it the second most popular concert hall in the world (after the Parco della Musica in Rome). The magnificent classicist building was completed in 1886, and it has exceptional acoustics. Take a peak behind the scenes, on a guided tour that takes place before all Sunday Morning Concerts.
De Wallen (Red-light District), Centre
Take a stroll in De Wallen, Amsterdam's red light district, and see what the fuss is all about. You will find out there's more to this part of town than sex tourism. Many historical buildings (including the Oude Kerk, the earliest parish church around which the city of Amsterdam was initially structured) can be found at de Wallen.
Amsterdamse Bos, Oud Zuid
The Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) is a big park just outside the city. A marvelous place to relax walking, taking a bicycle ride, having a picnic, rowing on a canoe, or skiing down the snowy slope in the winter.