WHEN YOU PICTURE – special rings of canals with more than 1 000 bridges in down town and thousands of bicycles anywhere…almost everybody knows that you are talking about the capital and largest city in Netherlands – Amsterdam. Here, you can do everything – take a canal cruise boat and view the 17th century houses from the water, or just take a walk.
Amsterdam is an exciting city where you can never get bored. Locals are helpful and friendly, almost everyone speaking English.
Public transport can take you everywhere but you can obviously rent a bicycle too! If you enjoy shopping jewelry, here is the perfect opportunity to buy some diamond jewelry – in the Gassan or Coster Diamonds center. Typical small souvenirs from the Netherlands are clogs or a selection of different cheese varieties. No wonder that this city has more than 10 million visitors a year!
HERE are my TOP places to visit in AMSTERDAM!
Among the most famous ones is the Van Gogh museum, celebrating 125 years since the painter’s death (1890)
- Van GOGH MUSEUM, has 1.6 million visitors yearly, coming to see the unique collection of paintings, drawings and letters. I love his fabulous Sunflowers, that is very colorful and impressive painting.
- RIJSKMUSEUM – is a Dutch national museum, you can admire the classical artwork by Rembrandt or Vermeer but if you like that part of art do not forget to also visit REMBRANDT HOUSE – MUSEUM in Amsterdam – a historic house where Rembrandt lived and worked!
OLD TOWN and CITY CENTER
You can take a walk in the legendary RED LIGHT district as the prostitution is legal in Netherlands – it is an interesting experience and the walk will lead you to “China Town”, ideal place to rest and try some ‘authentic’ food.
A few minutes from Central Station is Dam Square with the Palace, the National Monument and a shopping center.
JUST FOR FUN
HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE – is a historic brewery from 1864. It is divided in two parts : the museum part with authentic interiors, old photographs etc… and the entertainment part with 3D cinema- a really amazing tour.
VONDELPARK – is a large and the most popular (over 47 hectares) public urban park in Amsterdam with a rose garden, an open-air theatre, a skate rental shop and many restaurants or cafés. It is the right place to relax or bring your children to play.
Also very interesting places are Anne Frank House, JORDAAN, Science Center NEMO(for kids), STEDELIJK Museum, Madame TUSSAUDS…
THIRSTY or HUNGRY?
You have a choice of many multicultural restaurants or small local fast foods. I recommend walking a bit outside of the center as menus tend to be overpriced there with a more limited selection.
The best experience is to taste local beers such as Heineken or Amstel and relax in coffee shops, which are to be found at almost any corner of the city center.
MY EXTRA TIP – ONE DAY TRIP! I really enjoyed our trip to KINDERDIJK. The Netherlands is known as the land of water and windmills, and the MILLS of KINDERDIJK were built around 1740. Their purpose was not the milling of grain but rather for drainage. It is an original and unforgettable trip!