For a city like Amsterdam , there is overabundance when it comes to activities to do, places to visit, landmarks to see, and food to savor. What should you do to have a taste of Amsterdam?
Perfect for fist-time travelers, follow these recommendations to enjoy and experience what Amsterdam is really known for.
The city is dubbed as “The Venice of the North” with its 165 canals crisscrossed by different bridges. A significant part of the city’s history and heritage, canals here are included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
There are many canal tours to book – from the standard canal excursion to night tours. Relax and enjoy the charming “cityscape” of Amsterdam. Visit popular canals like the picturesque Prinsengracht with its houseboats or the medieval moat city of Singel. Other famous canals are Herengracht and Keizersgracht.
Museum and Gallery Hopping
Amsterdam has the highest concentration of art galleries and museums in the world. Even for non-culture and art lovers, undertaking this activity is an enjoyable experience. There are plenty to choose but start with Anne Frank’s House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Zaanse Schans Museums.
Feast on local flavors
You don’t have to spend too much to enjoy authentic local cuisine or dine what the locals enjoy. Visit any café; enjoy your coffee while watching at the local scene. Enjoy top Dutch food like haring (raw herring), stroopwafel (local waffle), kroket (croquette), patat (fries), and their famous cheese, Kaas.
Enjoy the open space
A nation with history of sophistication, visit its parks to mingle with locals, relax or enjoy a drink with friends. Relaxing and entertaining, a must-visit is Vondelpark, the largest open space in the city named after their most notable poet, Joost van den Vondel. If you want something more peaceful, discover the 14th century convent and not courtyard, Begijnhof.
Give in to your curiosity
People have been curious about Amsterdam’s Red District and weed culture. Though local government is trying to change the sleazy reputation, we cannot deny that these attracts tourist.
The Red Light Districts has been a draw even for curious eyes to pry on those naked women in shop windows – to have an idea of what the fuss is all about. Of course those who want to enjoy sexual freedom like live sex shows or wild stag parties can satisfy their carnal needs here.
Just like the Red District, Cannabis Coffeeshops attracts tourists and money-earning establishments in the city. For visitors, always remember that a “coffeeshop” includes cannabis products in their menu while a “coffee house” is a casual restaurant where you can enjoy light meals and coffee.
The list can go on, but this serves as a good start for your perfect journey to Amsterdam. Amsterdam no doubt is a wonderful city that allures visitors to come over and over again.