Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most beautiful and famous destinations in Europe. From tulips, to bicycle-riding locals, narrow houses, cafes and beautiful canals, this amazingly picturesque city should be on your bucket-list.
Sought after sights include the Vondelpark, Anne Frank House, De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets), and the Zandvoort beaches. The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are necessary stops for all art lovers, and for football soccer enthusiasts, a stop at Amsterdam ArenA to see AFC Ajax play will be a dream come true.
Zuidoost; The Southeast side of the city is home of the Amsterdam Arena where you can enjoy great football, concerts and other yearly events. The Heineken Music Hall is one of the best places to experience live music, so check out who is playing before you book your flight. Bos en Lommer and De Baarsjes or “BoLo” are two great neighborhoods that combine diverse culture and great local ambiance.
If you plan a trip to the Amsterdam Museum, Bloemenmarkt or Anne Frank House, you’ll be close to the most classic Amsterdam canal scenery around Prinsengracht bridge. At sunset, it will be lit, bringing out the charm of the surrounding canal-lined houses and houseboats parked or riding down the Princes’ Canal. Of course, it will be lined with bicycles. Fun fact: There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam! Another canal worth visiting is Leliegracht, known as one of Amsterdam’s prettiest small canals. Stop by a nearby bookstore, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy people watching in an afternoon.
Westerpark is the “green” side of town, with its large park, theater and open space. Visit here the great outdoor markets, brown coffee shops and cool restaurants. Oud-Zuid is the home of the great mansions, designer boutiques, the Royal Music Hall, and beautiful parks. This is the best place to shop, stroll and people-watch. Oostelijke Eilanden, the Eastern Dockland, combines the old charm of Amsterdam with new and modern construction. A great place to hang out in and experience the maritime heritage of the city. De Pijp neighborhood is the Latin Quarter of the city. A mix between Soho and Montmartre, stroll the streets and get lost in the artsy atmosphere of this bohemian section.
Other places to see are Noordelijke IJ-oever, NDSM, Oosterpark, De Plantage, and Oud-West.
While touring Amsterdam’s rich landmarks and buildings, don’t forget to look up; along the rooftops will be Amsterdam’s famous gables. Finally, don’t miss a relaxing canal-boat cruise during your stay. So, what are you waiting for?
Shopping in Amsterdam
When in Amsterdam, you simply cannot miss the famous area called The Nine Small Streets. Especially if you love shopping, you'll find trendy fashion boutiques here, to say the least. The Nine Small Streets go over the beautiful Herengracht and Keizersgracht canals, and are also surrounded by the Prinsengracht and Singel canals. Enjoy top city restaurants and coffee shops along with your favorite stores!
Foods to Try in Amsterdam
Raw herring, Dutch fries, Oliebollen, and did we mention cheese? Yes, the famous Dutch cheese. Note: For the adults, Amsterdam is the home-base for Heineken, so enjoy a cold one from the source.
Flights to Amsterdam
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