This area is Amsterdam's largest square, first made public in 1872 but updated throughout the years and most recently in the late 90's. Even more fun was walking across it at night.. the path was lit with underground lights! At one end is the Concert Hall and the other is home to the Rijksmuseum. There are paths off to the Van Gogh Museum, and it's a good spot for an afternoon snack.. especially pleasant was the CoBrA Cafe with outdoor seating.
The Rijks, Van Gogh and several other museums ring a large green square called Museumplein.
From Stadhouderskade street, across Singelgrach canal in the front of the Rijksmuseum, you will see four impressive 19th century mansions. They were probably private residences when they were built but appear to be multiple townhome dwellings or business quarters today. Some of them have antique watercraft docked along the banks, and they make for nice photo-ops on a sunny day.
The villa nearest Museumbrug (Museum Bridge) with the yellow and white-striped awnings is the law offices of Klos, Morel, Vos and Schaap.
You can see the front sides of the villas from Weteringschans street.
Go to some of the Museums in the museum quarter. Close to Leidseplein. Must go museums I suppose they are: Van Gogh and Rijkmuseum. Rijkmuseum is temporarily closed to public until 2008 due to renovations but you can visit one wing, which contains some of the most important paintings, but not sure if the essential ones to make it worth visiting.
Van Gogh is close to Rijkmuseum. 9 euros each museum
This is a large open space in the southwestern corner of the city center. It contains three museums of which at least two are must-sees: The Van-Gogh-Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The Concertgebouw with its famous orchestra is also located on Museumplein.
I did not realize when we were there that we were in Museumplein although I knew that the Dutch Museum was at the canal boat stop. It wasn't until I started reading about the fact that there was "I amsterdam" sculpture that I realized that was where we were. My granddaughter posed in the sculpture on our way to the Van Gogh Museum.
There is also a large shallow pond where they have ice-skating in the winter.There are also a basketball court, skateboard ramp and swings.
The Museumplein is a wide open space which buzzes with activity during the summer when the weather is good. From people just soaking up the sun to visitors dashing between the famous museums to people just taking in a slow coffee or lunch al fresco - the place is alive and kicking.
The Museumplein is also used for things from political demonstrations to visiting circuses, but it's main attractions are the museums surrounding it's wide lawned area. These include the Van Gogh Museum, The Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Museum.
There are a number of cafes but most seem to be at least a little overpriced, owing to the location I'm sure.
1) RIJKSMUSEUM - One of top museums in Europe. Features Rembrant's masterpiece 'The Night Watch'. Some other artists featured are: Frans Hals & Jan Steen.
2) VINCENT van GOGH MUSEUM - The country's most famous & tormented artist only sold one painting in his lifetime & to his brother! Ended up in the asylum due to depression, van Gogh was able to create an impressive & expressive individual style which the art community appreciate today. The museum is a monument to him & displays 200 paintings along with his personal effects. Some of his works are: 'Sunflowers', 'The Potato Eaters', 'Self Portrait with a Straw Hat' & 'Crows over the Cornfield', which was one of his last paintings completed in 1890 before committing suicide at the age of 37.
3) STEDELIJK MUSEUM OF MODERN ART - Features artists like Picasso, Chagall, Cezanne, Monet, Mondrian & Malevich.
The vast green-grassed square right at the back of the Van Gogh Museum is the Museumplein. It's a huge area where lots and lots of people are lying down the grass sunbathing. It's use for various events and celebrations obviously because of the size of the area.
Consequently four of the big museums of Amsterdam is found around the square - Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Diamond Museum.
And of course the "I amsterdam" in individual letters standing right at the end of the pond in red&white is there - and that's the reason why I went there - to take at least one picturrrrrrre!