Rijksmuseum (State Museum)#13 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
Considered one of Amsterdam's top museums (along with the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums), the Rijksmuseum (or State Museum) features an impressive collection of artists, including Rembrandt and Vermeer. As befits a state museum, the ornate building contains mostly Dutch works from the 15th to 17th centuries – though its entire collection stretches across 800 years.
Visitors recommend getting to the Rijksmuseum as early as possible in the day to avoid standing in a line to enjoy both the breathtaking building, grounds and art. According to the museum, the busiest times are Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. And once you've finished touring the interior, step outside and enjoy the gardens – a recommendation from past visitors. Though some reviewers griped about the museum's confusing layout, they still said it was among their top to-dos in Amsterdam.
To visit, take the 2 or 5 tram to the Rijksmuseum stop, the 7 or 10 tram to the Spiegelgracht stop or the 12 tram to the Museumplein stop. You can visit the museum every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets cost 17.50 euros for adults (about $22); visitors ages 18 and younger can visit for free. If you purchased an I amsterdam City Card, your admission fee is covered. The Rijksmusuem also contains gardens, a shop, and cafe – and those are open to the public without a ticket, but keep in mind that those close one hour later at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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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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