Travel expert reveals secret Amsterdam attractions


The Dutch capital is a top river cruise destination and also a popular city to visit for art enthusiasts who are looking to take in the array of world-renowned art galleries and museums there. However, Amsterdam has a whole host of other attractions that would be perfect for visitors who may be looking to avoid the crowds.

Here, we take you through some the best secret Amsterdam attractions that featured in the recent Telegraph article written by Rodney Bolt.

Tassenmuseum Hendrijke

The Tassenmuseum Hendrijke has a huge collection of bags and purses from the 17th century onwards.

The 4,000 strong collection includes everything from 1920s pouches to the very latest designer purses which can be seen being used by celebrities the world over.

The museum is also located in a picturesque canal-house setting and has a very popular café serving great coffee and scrumptious snacks.

Begijnhof

Nearby the hustle and bustle of the extremely busy Spui square in Amsterdam lies a surprisingly peaceful garden courtyard.

The Begijnhof is steeped in history, dating all the way back to the early 15th century. The church found in the courtyard was once used by protestant dissenters who were fleeing England and still today is occupied exclusively by single women.

The courtyard is also home to a medieval timber façade - one of only two in the whole city.

Museum of the Resistance

This small museum in the east of Amsterdam is recommended by Bolt, the Telegraph’s travel expert, as it gives visitors fascinating insight into life in the Netherlands when the Nazis occupied the country.

The main focus of the museum is the underground resistance movement that swept the country, and its collection of resistance memorabilia includes forged documents, homemade radios and old film footage.

If you are interested in World War II history, then this museum is a must-visit.

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