Ah, Amsterdam. Nothing like stepping into a city where it seems like anything is possible. Popular for it’s very open-minded atmosphere, this city brings a sense of freedom to many. Whether your itinerary involves partying and getting absolutely wasted or to simply admire this beautiful city and experience it’s culture, you’ll never run out of things to do or see. Here are a few of my favorite sights and activities in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
If you are deciding whether to stay near the Schipol airport or staying within Amsterdam, I highly suggest staying in the city central. It will take about 20 minutes of train ride from Schipol airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station. There are plenty of affordable hostels and it will save yourself the trip back and forth to your hotel near the airport.
1. Get yourself a bicycle to get around.
Driving will be an absolute pain if you decided to go that route. You’re better off walking than driving to be honest, if you don’t know how to ride one. I was amazed at the amount of bicycles in this city. It’s a convenient way of getting around and sight see.
2. Explore shops and get lost around the canal ring
Walk around and admire the amazing structure that is the canal ring. Another option is to take a canal cruise to explore the city in a different fashion.
3. The Red Light Secret
Who hasn’t heard of the Red Light District? This adults only part of Amsterdam is just that, an area for the adult industry. All I can say is explore with an open mind and you will learn a lot. You can visit the Red Light Secret- Museum of Prostitution to learn about “behind the scenes” of the bustling business of the Red Light District. You even get to sit in front of a window to experience what the girls see when they’re on display.
4. Unwind at the Vondelpark
Pack some lunch or grab some from a cafe inside the Vondelpark and have a picnic at the park. There’s plenty of beautiful space to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your loved ones.
5. The Torture Museum
Ready to gasp and be thankful you don’t live in an era where this is a common form of punishment, the Torture Museum is worth a visit if this is something you’re curious about. It’s a small space and doesn’t take that long to go through the whole display.
6. Madam Tussaud’s Wax Musuem
Ever wonder what it’s like to be standing next Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? Well, it will mostly never happen and this is the closest thing to that. This is a bit pricey but worth a visit at least once in your lifetime. My thoughts.. “I expected these celebrities to be a lot taller.” Also, “Why the hell was Cristiano Ronaldo not in the display?!”
7. Walk around and snap beautiful photos
On the way to Vondelpark, I came across this bicycle made as a tribute to what I assume is a pet that passed.
Other Popular Activities.
-See the top museums like Anne Frank Museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum
-Take a tour of the Flower Garden
-The Heineken Experience
I had the best time in Amsterdam. I’m sure you will too once you visit this city. Thanks for reading!
Have you been to Amsterdam? If so, what was your favorite part of the trip? Let me know down below.
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