We had experienced a perfect weather in Amsterdam last August 2014. ‘Twas also a perfect time to stroll around the streets of the wonderful city of Amsterdam. Arriving at the Amsterdam Central, most of it’s major tourist attractions can be reached by walking. We could’ve also hired a bicycle (which is famous in the city), but given that we have young Apollo with us (as young as 1 year old), it would be difficult for us if we do. It’s a good thing we always carry his push cart with us all thoughout our journey.
To begin with, we visited the Basilica of St. Nicholas which is just opposite the Central Station. It is considered as the City’s main Catholic Church.
Then after 10 minutes walking, we are down headed to the Dam Square, which is a very well-known place in Amsterdam as most of the Dutch and tourists spend their time here for coffee, entertainment, and shopping. You will also find here The Royal Palace or in Dutch, Koninklijk Paleis, one of the three palaces still being used by the Royal Family, where importants guests are being received sometimes.
Standing just next to the Royal Palace is the “Nieuwe Kerk” or the New Church. This church however does not offer masses and other church services. It is rather used as a burial place for Dutch heroes and poets, and also an exhibition centre.
We’ve passed by the Crown Bridge as I call it because of the crowns which were used as ornaments to the bridge. This bridge connects the Rembrandtplein and the Waterlooplein.
We also came across the monument of Benidictus de Spinoza, a Dutch philosopher, known for his important works “Ethics”.
Another interesting thing we’ve found – “The Amsterdam Love Locks”. In Paris, they put the locks on the railings of the bridge while in Amsterdam they put it on one side of the bridge going upwards. Both are beautiful and romantic.
Then at the end, we’ve found the Heineken Brewery, famous Dutch Beer.