Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder#14 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
For a glimpse at how locals lived and worshipped during the 17th century, visit the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Soldier. Part-home, part-church, this historic site is the second-oldest museum in Amsterdam (behind the Rijksmuseum). On the lower levels, you'll find period furnishings spread throughout living areas, kitchens and bedrooms, as well as a set of stairs that lead to the attic, where the church is located. Religious services no longer take place at the church, but the property offers various exhibits about religious tolerance in the Netherlands, as the Catholic church had to operate in secret in its early years.
History buffs and religious travelers will likely enjoy wandering around this museum. Visitors praise the property's beautiful interior and interesting exhibits, adding that the complimentary audio tour offers many informative tidbits. There's even an age-appropriate audio guide for kids ages 10 to 12. Keep in mind, the building's small size and multiple staircases may make some parts of the property difficult to access for those with mobility issues.
The Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Soldier can be found in the northeastern section of downtown's Binnenstad neighborhood. To get to the museum using public transportation, plan on taking the No. 4, 14 or 24 tram to the Dam stop. The property also sits within walking distance of the central train station and multiple hotels. Entry costs 6 to 12.50 euros (about $7 to $14) per person, though admission is waived for travelers with the I amsterdam City Card and kids 4 and younger. Tickets include access to all exhibits, plus a cafe and a gift shop. The museum welcomes visitors on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Check out the property's website for additional information.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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