A Simple Travel Guide: Amsterdam

A Simple Travel Guide: Amsterdam

One of the most popular and exciting travel destinations in Europe is indeed the Dutch capital Amsterdam. Its fame has definitely a lot of empirical support: few cities combine beautiful historical architecture, modern nightlife and a great variety of both people and experiences while being a capital and not only a tourist destination.

The city itself is not too big: the population is less than a million. However, there are over four million international tourists visiting Amstedam, It is located in the province of North Holland. The fact that the area size of the Dutch capital is smaller than other European capitals like London, Paris, Rome and Berlin, makes it a lot easier for a tourist to travel around it in a short period of time. Trams and buses are a good way to move around if you can read maps well and follow directions. You can also always ask anyone for further information! Walking around on foot is also an option. One of the most charming things about Amsterdam is the great number of bikes, so if the weather is pleasant, you can rent a bike and use it to visit different neighborhoods.

When it comes to the weather, Amsterdam is not the hottest, sunny place, but rather similar to cities like London and Berlin. The best time to visit it is in spring or summer. There is not too much precipitation and the temperatures are between 12 and 15 degrees Celcius. The day is also relatively long, so you will have enough time to go sightseeing, before you head to the cool clubs and restaurants.

What can you do in Amsterdam? There is so many interesting things! It is best to choose the one that are related to your interests if you have limited time in the city, so you can make the most of your trip. Here are some ideas:

  • Walk along the Canals and take cool pictures: the best thing about this activity is that you are going to end up with great memories AND it is something you will do for free! There is a reason Amsterdam is called “The Venice of the North”, after all. Pay attention to the bridges and the narrow houses.
  • The Anne Frank Museum is also a cool place to take in some culture. It is best to read the novel, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, before going there, so you are familiar with the background story.
  • In the Museumplein you will find other interesting museums, including the Van Gough Museum. A great place for art-lovers!
  • On Saturdays, the Noordermarkt is a great attraction. It is a flea market with a historical significance and Rembrandt used to hang out here!
  • If you are a fan of thrilling experiences, you need to go to the Amsterdam dungeon. It is an “80 minute journey into 500 years of Amsterdam’s horrible history”, as claimed on its official website. The live actors shows are very realistic and engaging, but you need to be prepared to be frightened.
  • One of the compulsory things is to visit the Red Light District, of course! Amsterdam is famous for embracing “sinful” behavior and it is one of the few places you can visit a Sex Museum. You will find the Hash Marijuana and Hemp Museum and the Cannabis College here also! And let’s not forget about the “coffee shops” where you can explore the world of drugs legally and safely, if you are over 18, of course.
  • If you want to experience Amsterdam’s nightlife, you should know that Melkweg and Paradiso (built in a former church!) are one of the most famous music venues in this amazing city.

 

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