Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its canals, has a little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away, but get a bike for most authentic experienceAmsterdam has rather a large gay scene. Many foreigners find themselves attracted to the city, and you can also spot celebrities. Amsterdam has more than one hundred gay bars, discos, saunas, video stores, bookshops, restaurants and hotels.
Gay and lesbian information and souvenir kiosk is situated at the Homomonument, Westermarkt (on the Keizersgracht). Friendly and helpful volunteers will answer all your questions about gay Amsterdam. As well the best selection of gay gifts in Holland. Open daily 12.00 till 6 PM.
In 1987, the one and only gay monument in the world has been opened in Amsterdam, close to the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House. The monument is a symbol against discrimination.
Gay night life
There are a few main gay night-life areas in the city: around the square of Rembrandtplein: throught all Reguliersdwarsstraat, via Halvemaansteeg, and along Amstel. Then Warmoesstraat, which is a parallel street to Damrak, next to the Red Light District. Here you will find also many leather bars and rainbow-flagged saunas. For a great selection of gay venues see PiP’s web site: www.underwateramsterdam.com
Vivelavie, Amstelstraat 7
This cosy bar is home to a noisy, quite forward audience of lesbians in their 30s. With a 'gezelig' (cosy) atmosphere, with a party on Friday and Saturday night.
Getto, Warmoesstraat 51
Saarein, Elandstraat 119
Sapho, Vijzelstraat 103
You II, Amstel 178
Amstel Tavern, Amstel 54
April, Reguliersdwarsstraat 37
Montmartre, Halvemaansteeg 17
Reality, Reguliersdwarsstraat 129
COC, Rozenstraat 4
De Trut, Bilderdijkstraat 165
The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands, with more than a million visitors each year. The Rijksmuseum is a familiar Amsterdam landmark and possesses an unrivalled collection of Dutch art, from early religious works to the masterpieces of the Golden Age.
Tel. +31 (0)20 6747047 (public info) - Web: www.rijksmuseum.nl
No time to book a visit with princes Maxima? You can see her every day, right next to Kylie Minogue, Bono and Bob Marley. A bit of culture perhaps? Watch Rembrandt at work in his atelier. Life size and frighteningly lifelike.
Location: Dam square
Another must when in Amsterdam: The Venustemple houses an extensive collection of erotic paintings, pictures, objects and recordings from different ages and cultures all over the world.
Location: Damrak 18 - web : www.sexmuseumamsterdam.nl
Another unique place: This small and dark museum shows some of the most horrid inventions to extract confessions. Complete with straps, spikes, weights and blades, these machines are sure to make you talk, and be thankful that they are no longer used in modern times.
Location: Singel 449 - web : www.torturemuseum.com
Located right in the hart of the red-light district, this museum reflects the history of the area. Five floors full of erotic enjoyment and artwork.
Location: OZ. Achterburgwal 54