How To Doodle A Cities of Wonder Map
STEP #1 — JOT DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE AMSTERDAM LANDMARKS
Below includes a list of our top ten sites to see in Amsterdam! You may not have space on your map to include too many handwritten notes; however, researching interesting facts about your favorite sites in Amsterdam may turn out to be a separate fun project in itself.
1. ANNE FRANK HOUSE
In 1960, the building at Prinsengracht 263, home to the Secret Annex, opened to the public as a museum devoted to the life of Anne Frank. Her original diary is also on display there.
Around 8,000 objects are currently on display in the Rijksmuseum. The collection contains more than 2,000 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age by notable painters such as Jacob van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Rembrandt van Rijn and Rembrandt's pupils. Included in the Rijksmuseum's collection is Rembrandt's Night Watch, a 1642 painting considered to be the most famous and most important painting in the Netherlands.
3. VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous, interesting artist in all of history. Despite the public's general awareness of his most popular works, many people do not seem to know much about Van Gogh as a person. A few interesting facts include that he actually didn't begin painting until age 27 and that he may have only sold one painting during his lifetime, not experiencing much commercial success with his trade while alive. Learn more interesting facts about Vincent van Gogh.
4. REMBRANDT HOUSE MUSEUM
Having never traveled abroad during his lifetime, Rembrandt nor most of his paintings never left the Netherlands, which was known as the Dutch Republic at the time. Initially, only several of his prints spread around Europe, and his reputation as a talented artist became based on those prints alone. His biographer, Arnold Houbraken, wrote in the 1718 biography that "Rembrandt did not want to conform to anyone else's rules." Learn more interesting facts about Rembrandt here.
5. CANAL TOUR
One of the most popular attractions and the ideal introduction to the city's many sites, a famous canal tour of Amsterdam's Canal Ring is a must on any traveler's itinerary. There are numerous departure points throughout the city, and tours are available in a multitude of languages. Learn more about the history of Amsterdam's canals.
While the Netherlands may be the home of many beautiful parks, Amsterdam's Vondelpark is considered to be the most famous. Vondelpark is an elongated city park that has evolved into a place that brings people together from all walks of life with its numerous open air activities, monuments and nature views, all dating back to 1865.
Are you a cat lover? Located in a lovely canal house in Amsterdam, the Kattenkabinet (Cat Cabinet) is a museum dedicated in its entirety to cats. Showcasing the role of cats in art and culture throughout history, Kattenkabinet features paintings, sculptures, posters and other cat-related objects on display to the public, and it is even watched over by some pretty friendly felines.
8. ROYAL PALACE AMSTERDAM
The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands, which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was designed by architect Jacob van Campen to reflect the power and wealth of Amsterdam in the 17th century. It is considered to be one of the Netherlands' most important monuments, as the palace is the largest and more prestigious buildings from the Golden Age.
9. ELECTRIC LADYLAND MUSEUM
Electric Ladyland is a museum located in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. It opened on April 19, 1999, and was the first museum of its kind — devoted to presenting art, minerals and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light.
10. AMSTERDAM CHEESE MUSEUM
The Amsterdam Cheese Museum is designed to explain the process of making cheese, the history of cheese and its place in the culture of Holland, which is the desire for preservation of regional cheese production. Originally a chapel, the building is now the Alkmaar cheese-weighing house with the museum found on the second and third floors. Holland has been known longer for its regional cheese production than for its now famous tulip fields.
STEP #2 — REFERENCING A DIGITAL MAP OF AMSTERDAM, LOOSELY PLOT OUT LOCATIONS OF YOUR FAVORITE LANDMARKS
No need to be perfect in your plotting, but sketching out an erasable grid and using an "x" to plot the locations of your landmarks on your paper are great starting points.
STEP #3 — DOODLE IN YOUR BEST LANDMARK ILLUSTRATIONS
Start with illustrating the place you want to visit first when you arrive to Amsterdam, and continue to doodle until you have replaced every "x" on your plot with a beautiful drawing that represents each top spot that you have selected.
Our Top Spots in Amsterdam
STEP #4 — WRITE IN YOUR TITLES
Label each of your chosen landmarks in your own handwriting, and don't forget to add the name of your city to your page in big, bold letters!
Labeling Our Landmarks + Adding Our Amsterdam Title
STEP #5 — DOODLE IN ILLUSTRATIONS OF ICONIC FEATURES
Pick out the icons that best represent your ideas of Amsterdam city life (food, music, etc.) and doodle them onto the page using your imagination.
STEP #6 — FINISH UP YOUR AMSTERDAM MAP BY SKETCHING IN YOUR STREETS
Using the digital map from Step #2 as your reference, draw in the roads of Amsterdam, connecting each landmark as you doodle. You can also fill in any negative space with greenery, such as the iconic tulips and trees you see pictured below throughout Amsterdam!
People from around the world visit to admire the beautiful Keukenhof tulip garden, just 30 minutes from the center of Amsterdam.