5 weird and wonderful things to see and do in Amsterdam next year

Unusual museums and cat sanctuaries, a microbe and bacteria zoo, a restaurant where executions were held and a National Monument urinal.


Amsterdam in the Netherlands is a great city to visit, with its beautiful canals, impressive buildings and many museums and art galleries. It is the perfect place to grab a bicycle and explore at leisure [VIDEO].

Amsterdam also has its more unusual side, as can be seen from the following, including a fluorescent light museum, a cat sanctuary on a boat, a zoo that concentrates on bacteria and microbes, a restaurant [VIDEO] that used to be a place of executions and dissections and a urinal that holds the status of National Monument.


Electric Ladyland Flourescent Light Museum - Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Electric Ladyland was created by artist Nick Padalino. It is nestled under the Electric Lady Art Gallery close to Anne Frank House. This other-worldly place is a museum which focuses only on fluorescent lighting. Visitors are invited to take their time exploring the wonders, as the black light is turned on, making strange shakes come to live with a neon glow.


De Poezenboot (The Cat Boat) - Singel 38 G, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cat lovers will enjoy De Poezenboot, a cat sanctuary that floats on an Amsterdam canal. Henriette van Weelde founded the water-borne cat sanctuary in 1966 and it has been home to many cats ever since. 14 cats are permanent residents, but the boat has been known to house as many as 50 cats at a time. Humans are welcome to visit, either to adopt a cat or just give a kitten some loving attention.


Micropia Zoo - Artisplein Plantage Kerklaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This unusual zoo features the microbes and bacteria that live among, and on us. The exhibits include petri dishes filled with artificially grown cultures and the natural designs they form. There’s even a scanner where you can find out what microbes are growing on you at that time and where they are!


De Waag - Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This unusual and attractive building has a sinister and gory past. In 1488, the building formed one of the city’s main gates to keep out the poor and diseased. In the 17th century it became a weighing house for incoming goods. However, later it was used for public executions, followed by the opportunity for the public to watch as they dissected the criminals executed outside. Nowadays, you will be pleased to hear, the building houses a restaurant.


City Hall Urinal - 195-197 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Men have always had it easier when it comes to peeing, but it may come as a surprise that one of Amsterdam’s public urinals is also a National Monument. The circular, brick- and stone-built urinal was placed overlooking the canal in 1926, but became a National Monument in the 21st century. As it was built to blend in with the surrounding architecture, it wasn’t easy to see what its actual purpose was. So there you go, you can pee in a National Monument next time you are in Amsterdam!

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