Amsterdam is full of amazing things to do. For sure, if you are an art freak like me, you cannot skip a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Amsterdam History Museum. Anna Frank House is another must do to learn something more about the history of the city and its personalities.
WHAT TO DO
Visit the Museums
In the Museum Quarter, thanks to the high-profile re-openings of the famous Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam is once again a grade-A destination for international art and architecture connoisseurs. The precinct tends to be quite crowded, so my advice is to go there very early in the morning as fewer crowds are at the museums at this time.
Cruise The Canals
Cruising the canals on a guided boat tour is an amazing and romantic experience and it gives you the chance to marvel at the unique beauty of the city and its curious iconic buildings from a different perspective. Floating along the canals is a great way to get under the fabric of the city, while learning fascinating things about the city along the way – such as why the tilting homes along the canals are known as ‘dancing houses’. If you prefer and you have more time you can also take a stroll along the canals and watch the boats float by from the many bridges.
Created in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay, Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal belt is the quintessential picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam, and an unbelievably pretty sight both by day and by night – when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel.
There are many different canal cruises to choose from, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night time cruises with food and wine. Get a free canal cruise with the I amsterdam City Card, or book a canal cruise online with the Canal Cruise Ticket. The connecting canals and streets, originally home to workers and artisans, have a number of cafés and shops.
You and I amsterdam!
TO DO: Take a photo at the I Amsterdam letters!
Located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, the large I amsterdam slogan quickly became a city icon and a much sought-after photo opportunity. Visitors photograph themselves, in, around and on top of the slogan, and it always manages to inspire the novice photographer.
You can also track down the travelling I amsterdam letters which move around the city – find out where the travelling letters are right now.
Ride a Bike
Riding a bicycle is another great way to take in the sights and tour the city.
Take a nap at a park
With over 30 parks to choose from, you’ll never be short of a picnic spot in Amsterdam. More than just leafy escapes from the urban hustle, parks are at the heart of Amsterdam culture – and every time the sun rears its head you’ll see locals packing up the disposable barbecue and bunting and heading down to their nearest garden for a picnic
WHERE TO EAT
Besides the several pubs you will find all over the city you should totally give a try to local potato chips, to herrings and, of course, you should totally drink some craft beer! What about desserts? Well, even if cinnamon rolls are basically everywhere don’t forget to try what’s typically Dutch such as Stroopwafels or Poffertjes. These are just to die for!
Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam
For the best seafood – this is definitely a spot I would highly recommend. They can accommodate quite large groups of people and the service is efficient. You have an option of sitting outside on the terrace and enjoy the cool breeze on the tables overlooking the canal. The restaurant itself is quite spacious and beautifully designed and has kept design elements which speak to the history of the building. Its a nice relaxed warehouse atmosphere with a diverse menu.
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