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11 September 2016

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Best 7 Places to Spend Your Time in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is truly a unique city; it is one the most vibrant and buzzing city in Europe. Known for its artistic heritage, intricate canal system and other than that it is also home to famous footballing legends with the likes of Joan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkahmp . Amsterdam has an oceanic climate which is strongly influenced by its near North Sea to the west. Due its pleasantly mild temperature tourists prefer to stroll around the city or prefer cycling. Below are the seven best places one must encounter while visiting Amsterdam. 
This museum is the largest Dutch national museum; it was founded in The Hague in 1800 and relocated to Amsterdam in 1808. Furthermore, the museum has a wide collection on display with over seven thousand objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, some of these masterpieces are produced by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The building consists of two quadrilaterals with an atrium in each center, along with Rijksmuseum Research Library which is part of the Rijksmuseum, and has the most extensive and the largest public art history research library in The Netherlands.
Anne Frank House
This house is where the famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank lived during the Nazi occupation during the infamous world war 2.Her house which is now a museum is located in central Amsterdam near Westerkerk.This famous house symbolizes the struggle the Jewish faced during the time  of great prejudice and discrimination. Located in the house is the secret room where Anne Frank used to hide, along with an exhibit with her famous diary which was retrieved after her demise.

De Wallen
This is the notorious Redlight District in Amsterdam which is truly a unique experience not found anywhere else. The area consists of many alleys and rented rooms from prostitutes whom offer services while standing before a transparent glass door. The area is also renowned for and has an array of sex toys shops and marijuana and mushroom center for your recreational activities. This area is a testament to the free spirit of the people of Amsterdam where certain drugs and prostitution is declared legal by the state, which as a result contributes to the economy a great deal. 
The world’s only market of its kind it is a place where you can buy and smell the fresh fragrances of the famous Dutch flowers. The flower stalls stand consists of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and which make you feel in paradise. If you are a tourist from another country you can also buy and export flowers to your home country
 A lot of sightseeing one must sit down and enjoy the serenity and lush green pastures at Vondelpark, which located west from Leidseplain. This park is a perfect place for cycling or sitting around having a picnic with your significant other. The park is also a roofless theater and contains performances of pop, classical and jazz in the evening. Entrances to these performances are practically free and to top it off the park is also reflected in John Green Novel the Fault in Our Stars. 
Church of Westerkerk 
Build in-between 1632 and 1630 by architect Hendrick de Keyser who is laid to rest inside, the church is the largest of its kind in Amsterdam. The church is the most important Protestant church in the city and its dominating tall tower is what attracts many people and tourists. Entrance is free and open to people of all faiths and walks of life. Westerkerk is located at the Prinsengracht canal near ANNE Frank’s home and is often believed that in amidst of war and depression the church bell proved to be soothing for many people living by. 
Stubbe's Haring
Last but not the least a trip is not over until you have indulged on the food that attributes to that place. Stubbe haring is family run business near Centraal Station upon the canal and is renowned for its authentic Dutch cuisine THE HARING FISH.This dish is served with freshly sliced pickle and onion dates back to the Middle Ages around 1380. One can lick his/her fingers after this zesty experience.  

This guest post is written by Frank Lee, he works at Rebates Zone