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Need to escape the stresses of everyday life? Amsterdam has a number of visitor attractions.

Visitors to this part of North Holland rub shoulders with roughly 750,000 local residents.

Leave the grown-up world behind and throw yourself into a world of imagination and wonder at the Madame Tussauds and the Eye Film Institute. Zuiderbad and theater Tuschinski are also worth stopping by if you want to keep the good times coming.

If you enjoy animals and wildlife, put the Artis on your to-do list. Be sure to ask at the entrance about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's more unusual inhabitants.

There is a good chance you've already sampled the beers of Amsterdam, so why don't you head over to the Heineken Experience and see how it's made? If you're lucky, there might be a few samples lying around!

If you're someone who just loves a game of poker from time to time, you should consider checking out the Holland Casino.

Amid a diverse range of plants, an afternoon at the Hortus Botanicus is guaranteed to be a pleasant one.

Bring along a bite to eat and take it easy for a while in the quiet, green surroundings of Begijnhof and Museum Square. You'll also find plenty of space to relax at Amstelpark and Oosterpark.

Whether you're looking for a certain map or just want a few pointers, the friendly staff at Tourist information Center Monnickendam can help you out.

Take a long, deep breath and experience nature's splendor at Spaarnwoude and Sloterpark and Sloterplas. You can also take a break at Western Islands.

Schedule a visit to some of the delightful exhibition spaces in the area. The Anne Frank House and the Diamond Museum Amsterdam offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Sexmuseum and the Max Euweplein are also worth a visit.

Jump on board a journey through the region's nautical past at the National Maritime Museum. Sea-sprayed adventures don't have to end there. More exciting tales and pieces of obsolete watercraft await at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum and the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum.

Take the youngsters to study the many scientific artifacts at the Nemo Science Museum, the most recognized science center in the area.

The glass cabinets at the Tropenmuseum and the Allard Pierson Museum are overflowing with mysterious objects and specimens.

A haven for art connoisseurs, this area is home to a nice range of spaces in which amateurs and professionals can showcase their wares. Pay a visit to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to see the best of what this creative destination has to offer. The Stedelijk Museum and the Hermitage Amsterdam are also well worth a look if you can fit them in before dinner.

Take yourself back in time and uncover stories of the past at the Amsterdam Museum or the Dutch Resistance Museum. The Jewish Historical Museum and the Zaans Museum are also worthwhile choices.

Wander back through the ages with a trip to Zaanse Schans and the University of Amsterdam, just two of the historic buildings and sites here. When it comes to days of old, there's always something else to know. Munttoren and the VU University of Amsterdam are two more great places to check out.

Leave time to swing by Skinny Bridge or Blauwbrug, a pair of majestic structures that arc their ways across the city's waterways. Travelers with a passion for civil engineering will also want to snap a few pics of Torensluis.

Peer into the past lives of some of the area's elite with a visit to the sprawling grounds of Royal Palace.

Hop into the pages of a medieval tale and check out the formidable design of Muiderslot.

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to enjoy a trip to New Church and The Old Church. Westerkerk and Zuiderkerk are also popular holy places.

Before you pack up your suitcase and head off home, make sure you see some of Amsterdam's lesser-known attractions. The Public Library and Kalverstraat are two good options. If you've got more time to spare, also think about visiting P.C. Hooftstraat or the NDSM Werf.

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Located in Amsterdam West, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Movies, Anne Frank House, and New Church. Royal Palace and Leidseplein are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Apollo Museumhotel Amsterdam City Centre

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Located in Museum Quarter, this hotel is steps from P.C. Hooftstraat and Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are also within 10 minutes.

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Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport

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NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

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Located in Oude Centrum, this luxury hotel is steps from National Monument, Dam Square, and Royal Palace. New Church and The Old Church are also within 5 minutes.