Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, is famous for its red lights, coffee shops and canals. But it offers a lot more than that; a trip to Amsterdam will convince you.
One of my favorite cities in the world is Amsterdam. I love its brick buildings, rich history, open skyline and relaxed, easy going attitude towards life. Amsterdam has so much to do that, even after so many visits, you will still find new things to do and see. The city deserves much more than just the few days travelers give it, but if a few days is all you have and you want to make the most of it, I will give you mouthwatering reasons why Amsterdam is so special.
On my first trip to Amsterdam, while relaxing in the city, I had fallen in love with the city already, it was then I realized there was much, much more to Amsterdam than I thought.
Visually, Amsterdam is stunning. Tiny cobblestone streets and rear ways are fixed with old block buildings. Separating these streets are tree-lined canals that slice through the city. Wandering around the streets as they zig zag their way through the city, you feel as though you’ve stepped back into 1700.
If museums are your thing, the city is awash with them. There’s the Tulip Museum, this compacted and quirky little museum inside a tulip shop tells the story of the tulip in Amsterdam, another is the Van Gogh museum, where you can see hundreds of Van Gogh paintings; paintings which includes the famous sunflowers, as well as artistic creations from other impressionist painters. Then there is the Rijksmuseum, where the remembrance of Rembrandt’s house is brought to you in a very real form, you can see Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch painting. There’s the Museum of Bags and Purses (the largest of its kind in the world), the Sex Museum, CoBrA Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam History Museum, the Hemp Museum, and the Jewish History Museum to mention but a few. Whatever you fancy, there’s probably a museum for it In Amsterdam.
Besides being a visual marvel, Amsterdam also offers a great deal of activities. The Dutch love to bike, Renting a bike and seeing the city the Dutch way is a great workout, which is a great way to get out of the tourist center and visit the suburbs like Oost and Jordaan to see where and how the locals live.
Besides culture and beauty, there is of course the well-deserved reputation of Amsterdam being a party city. The city has a vibrant party and club scene thanks to the single-minded young tourists and fun-loving locals. If all you want to do is visit coffee shops, party, and see the red lights, the Saturday city has that too.
From the Van Gogh Museum to the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam has its share of blockbuster attractions but there are lots of lesser-known and bluntly underrated sights to explore. Amsterdam is an exciting city, and it’s all against the backdrop of canals, brick houses, trees, and bikes. No journey through Europe is complete without a trip to Amsterdam.