Amsterdam is on everyone’s travel list, be it for a perfect bachelorette trip or a vacation with friends. And I am lucky enough to call it “home”. It’s the city where Augustus and Hazel fell in love as I feel there’s something in the air that creates magic. Although known for some controversial freedoms allowed, it has a lot more to offer than that, Trust me I have been living here for 2 years now and if I am being brutally honest, I am still discovering something new everyday.
So here I am writing this blog to share the top 5 “To do things in Amsterdam”.This might help you plan your itinerary and budget as I’ve mentioned the tickets cost and useful links as well.The first thing I did after coming out of the airport is – Got clicked at the IAMSTERDAM letters !!! 😃
Although Dutch people speak near perfect English, it is always good to learn a few Dutch words to remember while in Amsterdam – Hello – Hoi, Thank you – Dank you well, Please – Alstublieft
1. Explore the city by canal ride/walk/bike 🚲
Take a canal cruise ride, as there is no other best way to see the city. You will fall in love with the city instantly & be charmed by its beauty as they take you to the Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal ring & it’s history. There are a variety of cruise types available like – Romantic candle light canal ride, open/closed boat etc.You can also rent a bike/take the free walking tour starting from the Dam Square. Renting a bike would be around 10 Euros day.
Ticket -16 euro https://www.tours-tickets.com/en/canal-cruises/
Did you know – There are more bicycles than residents in Amsterdam?
2. Soak up some Culture in Museumplein
Amsterdam boasts of art as the dutch gave the world the most famous painters like Rembrandt & Van Gogh. Even if you are not a museum person, going to atleast one or two museums in Amsterdam wouldn’t be a bad option. Some of the known one’s are Rijkmuseum(where recently the bollywood actor SRK was shooting for him upcoming movie), Van gogh and the Anne Frank house & the Maritime Museum.Anne frank house is actually the place where Anne & her family were hiding during the II World war escaping the Nazi’s.if you are an art Geek and would like to cover more than 2 museums, then getting a museum card or Iamsterdam city card would be a good deal.
Tickets – Check out – https://www.museumkaart.nl/
Did you know – That there is also a Diamond museum, Bags Museum & the museum of prostitution in Amsterdam?
3. Visit the Windmills & Tulip Garden 🌷
Check out the amazingly beautiful colors of Tulips during spring (March 23 to May15) & beautifully preserved historical windmills in the countryside of the Netherlands. The Kuekenhof garden is one of the largest tulips garden in the world and the windmills are astounding to the eye, very well maintained and historical in nature. There are a huge number of tourists flocking in the city during this period.
Did you know -Keukenhof is the largest flower garden on earth, with approximately seven million bulbs with a total of 800 varieties of tulips?
4. Discover Heineken Experience/ Pubs & Cafe’s 🍺🍺
Hey all you beer lovers, here’s a chance to see the whole beer making process of Heineken and at the end also learn how to perfectly pour the beer as a professional and get certified. Taste your favorite beer served fresh at the Heineken Experience. Even if you are not a Beer person (like me), taking a tour of the beer making process is fun.You could also go to the cafe’s in Amsterdam not for coffee but for weed.
Although all the other cafe menu items are served as well but the emphasis is definitely on weed. Some of things that originate from Amsterdam are – Gin or Genever and Space cake’s (believe me you will definitely get a space feeling 😵). You will easily get these in any of the cafe’s. P.S you get two glasses of fresh beer inclusive in the ticket at Heineken.
Ticket – 16 euro https://tickets.heinekenexperience.com
Did you know – Heineken is currently sold in over 170 countries ,as they say Heineken is ” Born in Amsterdam, raised by the world”.
5. Check out the Amsterdam Central
Amsterdam Central is the heart of the city and the major tourist spot as it is the main train station connecting Amsterdam with the other European cities.If you want to enjoy the city’s vibe, Dam Square is the place to be. It has a lot of food joints and street performers. You can also check out the Royal palace of the king, Madam Tussauds, Nine shopping streets, The Red light district and many more. Tip – Do NOT take pictures of them at the Red light district, as it will not be appreciated.All these within a few kilometers from the station.
Indulge in the best french fries Amsterdam offers at Manneken Pis. As you eat the fries dripping with sauces, reminiscence about your day in Amsterdam.You can visit the tours & Tickets center and buy a combo deal. There are also a number of souvenir shops where you buy the Dutch clogs, Tulips and many more.
Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin ―John Green,
Did you know – Amsterdam has more bridges than Venice.
There are also a few seasonal events that happen in Netherlands, I will be writing another post for it.
Hope it was a good read and please comment if you have questions. Until the next post Keep travelling & Happy reading ✈😊!!