Beautiful canals, stunning architecture and an impressive art scene.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, located in the southeastern section of the providence of north Holland. The official language is Dutch, although the majority of residents do speak English. The Euro is the currency. Peak tourist season is during July and August (Summer). The name Amsterdam comes from the cities origins, as Dam of river “Amstel”. It is easy to get around Amsterdam, the city is walkable and it is very easy to rent a bike and explore the city this way. The Public transport system is great and includes, the metro, buses, trams and ferries. Amsterdam, a city full of life, culture and a rich history. Beautiful buildings, picturesque scenery and a stunning canal.
A visit to the Netherlands
I have visited this wonderful city, twice. Both times I stayed in a backpackers located near the center of the city. Once in the autumn (fall) and again during the winter period. Both times were very fulfilling and an enriching backpacking experience. Autumn provided us with nice weather, enabling us to make the most of the parks and outdoor scenery, even renting a bike to experience the craze of the bicycle capital! A must do! Heineken beer, cheese tasting, exploring the red light district and experiencing the famous coffee shops I would definitely return to this wonderful city for a third time!
Highlights and must-sees of Amsterdam
- Walking tour of the city: It is free and great way to get your bearings whilst learning about the history of the city.
- Anne Frank house: The house where Anne Frank hid during world war two and wrote her diary. A very rewarding visit.
- Oldest pub: Cafe Karpershoek claims to be the oldest pub in the city. Opening in 1606! So why not enjoy a drink whilst sitting in history!
- Coffee shops: In the Netherlands, coffee shops are defined as alcohol free, but where cannabis is sold and consumed. There are approximately 200 coffee shops in Amsterdam.
- Van Gogh Museum: The worlds largest collection of beautiful artwork from Vincent Van Gogh.
- Vondelpark: I love the outdoors, and this urban park is a great way to spend a day outdoors.
- Jordaan: A beautiful neighbourhood to walk around and immerse yourself into the Dutch lifestyle.
- Rembrandt House Museum: Historic house and art museum.
- Dam square: The heart of the city. Located in the historical center of Amsterdam.
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam: Still used by the royal family. Rich in history and stunning architecture.
- Science center NEMO: I love science and this is a great interactive museum to explore and discover science and technology.
- Leidseplein: Great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.
- Venustemple sex museum: Worlds first and oldest sex museum.
- Red light district: Window parlours, sex shops, brothels and even museums, the infamous attraction of Amsterdam is worth the visit.