Most of the European cities have a strong history, but Amsterdam is one of those cities where every corner has something historically significant about it. The slanted houses, the endless canals and bridges, the vast amount of bicycles, the irregular weather, the tulips, and (obviously) the coffeeshops add to the incredible charm Amsterdam has. The great thing about this city is that it’s small enough to walk around in less than 4 days but big enough in the sense that there is a lot of stuff to explore. The environment is down-to-earth and calm yet very entertaining, so even if you do run out of things to do, you’ll always find something wonderful.
My personal favorites and “must-dos” in Amsterdam are:
- Visit the Anne Frank museum – Tip: you should do this first and very early in the morning as the lines can sometimes take up to 3 hours.
- Take a canal cruise – One of the best ways to sightsee Amsterdam
- Ride a bike around the city – Hands down, easiest way to get around
- Smoke “some” (or don’t) at a coffeeshop – There are so many that it doesn’t matter which one you choose, as long as you sit down and relax
- Eat the traditional Dutch poffertjes pancakes – The size of a 2 euro coin, with butter and powdered sugar (or any other topping of your choosing)
- Eat french fries – There are many stands selling french fries, and they’re all very good
Other places to visit:
- De Pijp – a bustling district that hosts a large flea market
- Amsterdam Central – the city centre where you find the most exciting things
- Vondelpark – the main city park in Amsterdam
- Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, and so many other museums (including some lesser known like the Cheese or Tulip museum)
Hotels to consider:
Hotel Pulitzer – A wonderful luxurious boutique hotel sitting in front of the canal – $$$ – http://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/en/
Lloyd Hotel – A very interesting hotel that ranges from 1-5 star rooms and each designed differently – $-$$$ – http://www.lloydhotel.com
Conservatorium Hotel – Situated right where all the museums are with a very modern design – $$ – http://www.conservatoriumhotel.com
Hotel V Frederiksplein – A modern urban design hotel close to the center – $$$ – http://www.hotelvfrederiksplein.nl
So, when is your next visit to Amsterdam going to be? Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Additional websites to visit for more information on Amsterdam:
Time Out: http://www.timeout.com/amsterdam
Books like The Lonely Planet are great for guides, but also remember to check out travel blogs!