Canals, tulips, red-light district, museums, and bicycles are all words that come to mind when thinking about Amsterdam. Whether you are visiting Amsterdam as a part of your multi-city vacation in Europe or starting (or ending) your Rhine river cruise, it is the perfect city that deserves a least a few days. It is definitely a must-see place in Europe.
It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. I've decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam if your Europe travel itinerary involves this alluring city.
1. Take a historical canal ride
The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired. Since there are hundreds of canals throughout the nation that were created just for travel, there is no reason not to give this popular attraction a try. During your gentle water ride, you'll get to view some of the country's most detailed architecture and most beautiful landscapes.
2. Take a walk through the wildflowers
Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.
3. Spend time in the museums
Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums. Check out paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.
4. Walk through De Wallen, the nation's red-light district
Although it's famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district's fine restaurants, small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you can rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country.
5. Give Dutch cuisine a try
Last but not least, you mustn't leave the country without trying some of its authentic Dutch cuisines. Although the area is not particularly known for the food, there are surely things you should try. One traditional foods to order is ‘poffertjes’. They look like baby pancakes but much fluffier. And of course your trip to Amsterdam is not complete if you don't try a Stroopwagel, the most famous pastry - unique cookie filled with sweet and sticky syrup - from The Netherlands.
NOTE: If you are looking for a place to enjoy a nice coffee, don't mistake your search for the cannabis coffeehouses. People travel all over the world to Amsterdam to encounter these coffee shops in person. In Amsterdam, marijuana is simply a way to unwind, and these coffeehouses are some of the most reputable and reliable sources to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a puff of smoke as you dine.
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