Amsterdam is a city famous for its stance on drugs and sex but there’s much more to the city than that! The artistic and historical architecture and extensive canal system make this a beautiful European city all round. So what should you do while you’re in Amsterdam? Come with me to find out…
Walking is the easiest way to explore the city centre and main tourist areas but if you want a truly authentic experience and you want to visit a cog or cheese farm, trams and buses are just as easy to use. Canals are everywhere and they’re as much a part of Amsterdam as bikes are. River cruises along the canals are a great way to experience the city from water. Why not hire a bike and take to the street on wheels? I opted for the river cruise.
Probably the most popular attraction in the whole entire city is Anne Frank’s House. Regardless of the time of year, you’ll have to line up to get in, there are always tourists visiting the house. But if you’re content with just seeing the outside, you won’t have to worry about that.
The city also has a number of different museums which are all extremely cheap to visit, they include the Van Gogh Museum, Sex Museum, Nemo Science Centre and the Hash Museum. If you’re after a more interactive museum experience, head to the Heineken museum where you get a couple of beers included in your entry.
If you can, get out of the city and visit a farm specialising in cheese and cogs, the two things the country is known for. We went to Edam where the owners showed us around and let us sample their cheeses.
The red light and blue light districts are not for the faint hearted. But it’s the place to go if you want to see what all the fuss is about or attend a sex show. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.
Take to Dam Square for all of your usual European shopping favourites like H&M. The square is located in the heart of the city and is very easily accessible by public transport – you can’t miss it. It’s also surrounded by restaurants, cafes and food carts where you can sink your teeth into authentic Dutch foods.
What’s your favourite attraction in The Netherlands? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out my other travel adventures!