If you want to go on vacation but you haven't really thought about a destination, then maybe you should consider Amsterdam. It is the capital of the Netherlands and is its most crowded city. The city's name derives from Amstelredamme and it indicates the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Evolving from a small fishing village into one of the world's metropolises, the best places to visit in Amsterdam are the historic canals, its countless museums and the Red Light District, which draw more than 3 million visitors annually. Places to Visit in Amsterdam PIctures If you are the type of person who likes museums, then Amsterdam is the city for you. It is the home of some of the world's most famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museums. The city has museums and galleries that can suit every type of interest. Another museum for both young and old is Madame Tussauds, which will amaze you with its wax figurines. Another main attraction is Anne Frank's house, the famous Jewish diarist, who hid in Amsterdam with her family for two years during the Second World War in order to escape the persecutions of that time. Places to Visit in Amsterdam PIctures Another way to observe the city is by wandering on its canals. The area remained intact until today and the canals are punctuated by churches and other signs that can help you navigate. One of the things you will see is the tower of the Westerkerk (Western Church), the tallest in Amsterdam and you will also discover the shopping and dining area known as "9 Streets". If you like walking, then Vondelpark is the perfect place for you. It offers an abundance of gardens, ponds and laws that simply encourage you to explore them. The park is always full of all kinds of people, some reading books, others meeting their friends and having a beer. Another way to see the park is by renting a bike, but no matter what your intentions are, you will definitely spend a lovely day here. Places to Visit in Amsterdam PIctures If you arrive in Amsterdam you can't miss the Red Light District which has cultivated a notorious reputation in the world. It represents the oldest part of the city and is filled with cheesy sex shops. There you will find a community of prostitutes, junkies, cops and clerics that freely intermingle, giving you an example of strange social cosiness. Other places to visit in Amsterdam are the city's oldest church, Oude Kerk or if you want to see another place of worship, you can visit the Chinese Fo Guang Shan He Hua Buddhist Temple. You can also see Begijnhof, a secluded garden that offers you a hidden sanctuary away from the traffic and the city's noise. These are some of the best places to visit in Amsterdam, but no matter what you will choose to see, you will definitely have an extraordinary experience and you will enjoy every second you spend in this wonderful city.