A far cry from its origins as a butter and dairy market, Rembrandtplein is now one of Amsterdam’s busiest and liveliest squares, sandwiched between the Mint Tower and the Amstel River. Named after the city’s most famous baroque painter and printmaker, Rembrandt van Rijn, a cast-iron statue of its namesake, sculpted by Royer, has stood proud in the heart of the square since 1876.

With both the plaza and its surrounding streets crammed with cafés, music clubs and bars, Rembrandtplein comes alive in the evening hours, as locals and tourists cram onto the rooftop terraces to admire the glittering skyline and party into the early hours. Club rain and Escape are two of the square’s most popular institutions, while De Duivel is the go-to venue for hip-hop and the nearby Reguliersdwarsstraat is the central hub of the city’s renowned gay scene. Dutch café culture is alive and well here too, with many opening their stages in the evening hours to local folk singers. Uniquely, Rembrandtplein is also home to Europe’s largest interactive video screen, a 15-meter wide display that allows passersby to post messages and access interactive features via Bluetooth.

Don’t just wait until the sun has set to visit though, as Rembrandtplein is home to some landmark architecture, including the dramatic Art-Deco inspired building that houses the modern Pathe Tuschinski cinema and the late 18th-century De Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam’s oldest theater. Throughout the summer months, café-seating spills out onto the square, making it the perfect spot for people watching, coffee drinking and soaking up the atmosphere of Amsterdam’s most happening hotspot.

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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

This private walking tour shows you some of Amsterdam’s highlights from a local's perspective. With a knowledgeable private guide by your side, learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $61.60

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

4 star rating: Recommended 330 Reviews

Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following tfour ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hour pass

From USD $29.87

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 401 Reviews

Combine fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum with a 24- or 48-hour Canal Bus hop-on hop-off pass, and you've got the best of Amsterdam covered. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Valid for 24 or 48 hours

From USD $47.29

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop On Hop Off Day Pass and Heineken Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Go for the combo: a 24 or 48-hour Amsterdam Canal Bus Pass and admission to the Heineken Experience. You'll find getting around Amsterdam's a breeze with your ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $49.78

Amsterdam Canal Hop-On Hop-Off Pass including Hermitage Museum Admission

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Combine a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam with a visit to the impressive Hermitage Museum with this special combo tour! Choose a 24-hour or 48-hour Canal Bus ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $47.29

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