1. Hire a Cycle
Amsterdam is the world’s most cycle free country according to the people outside of Netherlands. Cities namely The Hague, Eindhoven, and Almere are considered top in terms of bike-friendliness.
Amsterdam has world-class facilities for the cyclist. Many tourists discover Amsterdam by bike because that’s the ‘Dutch Way’.
There are many tours to opt for like cheese tasting, city tour, countryside tour and many more…
Amsterdam Museums are most popular choices among tourists. Some say there are 50 of them, some say 70 and some say 92 if you include smaller operations.
The top 3 visited Museums are:
It’s the Dutch National museum dedicated to art and history. The busiest hours are 11am to 2pm. Avoid the lines and book your e-ticket.
Ticket Cost – € 17.5
Van Gogh Museum
This museum has the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. There are three lines at the entrance. Blue Lane (pre-booked tickets for specific date and time) yellow lane (pre-booked tickets with an open gate) Box Office (get prepared for 1-2hrs of long queues)
Ticket Cost (Blue Lane) – € 17
Anne Frank House
During World War II, the Jewish Frank family goes into hiding in a secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam; 13-year-old Anne records all her experiences in a diary, which she received on her birthday. Now converted into a museum it contains a sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war, as well as discrimination in general. The museum also has the original diary displayed written by Anne.
Ticket Cost – € 14.5
3. Canals of Amsterdam
The canals have been a feature of Dutch life for centuries. Not only do they provide a means of transportation through and between the cities, but they have also been turned into mobile dinner entertainment. Amsterdam is home to amazing dinner cruises that sail the canals and let you take in the sights over a leisurely meal. Some Canals are:
And much more to check out! You can take Canal Cruises to explore or Hire your own boat!
Shopping in Amsterdam’s markets is the best way to pick up a few Dutch souvenirs for your friends and family back home. I have listed down few markets you cannot miss
- Westerstraat Market
- Flower Market in Amsterdam
- Albert Cuyp Market
- IJ Hallen
5. Street food
Sometimes the best food you find when traveling is from a street vendor or hole-in-the-wall establishment. Below are a must try!
- Stroopwafels Stand
- Febo vending machines
- Frens Haringhandel
- Poffertjes stand
- Leeman Doner and many more…
6. Cannabis coffee shop culture
Almost half a million travelers come to Amsterdam in a year just to experience cannabis coffee shops to this part of old city. Try the famous ‘space cake’ (do research first) . There are over 250 coffee shops there. Do not go visiting the Google’s top lists. Meet locals and learn the way as the best ones are kept a secret by them 😉
7. De Wallen
It’s very likely that you have heard about this and everything you heard is probably true. It consists of 300 one-room cabins and you will find semi-naked women behind the window, typically illuminated with red lights. The place also offers you to go around and explore the old shops, fantastic restaurants, pubs. Watch out for pickpockets and do not buy anything from the dealers on the streets.
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