In Amsterdam, you will find many things that you can enjoy. Not every person enjoys the same things, but it can be hard to decide which places are worth exploring and what you want to get out of your visit. However, many activities will keep people entertained for hours on end and help them see what else this great city has to offer. Here are 17 top things people should consider when they visit Amsterdam.
1. TAKE A CANAL TOUR
Take a canal tour to see some of the great sights in Amsterdam. Many boat companies offer tours, and these tours will allow you to see how people lived long ago and how they get around the city now. You can enjoy the scenery from a boat as you pass over each body of water in the city or explore some different neighbourhoods where you can see incredible sights from above.
2. SEE A WINDMILL
Windmills are a distinctive feature of Amsterdam and are visible from many different areas. You will find them throughout the city, and you can see them as you travel through the streets on a bike or during one of the canal tours. At night, these windmills are lit up in different colours, and they seem to glow in the darkness like beacons shining out over the water. Some people even flock to the mills to take their wedding pictures while they pose next to these classic structures.
3. VISIT THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE
Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s most famous residents. She was a teenager who moved to this city and developed a close friendship with other young people in the area, among them her cousin, Margot. They were discovered by the German police in 1944 while hiding from the Nazis in an attic because they were Jewish. While in the attic, Anne wrote an account of her time in hiding, along with her thoughts on what it was like to grow up. Her diary is published to this day and is one of the most popular pieces of literature about World War II.
4. VISIT THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM
People come from all over to visit this museum because it contains over two hundred works from Vincent Van Gogh’s extensive collection. Here, you can see his paintings, sketches, and other art pieces which he created over the years. This museum is located in the southern part of Amsterdam at an address that contains a number that is a mirror image of his famous self-portrait. Make sure you make up your mind to visit the museum book Van Gogh Museum Tickets in advance to skip the lines. The museum was only built after Van Gogh’s death by people who wanted to share van Gogh’s work with the public.
5. SEE A REMBRANDT PAINTING
Rembrandt van Rijn was another popular painter from Amsterdam whose works still hang in many different museums worldwide. His self-portrait is one of the most popular paintings he ever created and is currently on display in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art. However, other paintings from this great master can still be found and enjoyed by people who visit Amsterdam. They are mainly located in the Rijksmuseum, but you can also find some of his work at the Rembrandt House Museum to better understand his life as an artist and his struggles as a human being.
6. VISIT THE ANNE FRANK MUSEUM
This museum is dedicated to the life of a teenager involved in a family later discovered by the Nazis and imprisoned for two years. She wrote down her thoughts and feelings about what it was like to live during this time in her diary which is now one of the most popular books about World War II. However, there are many other items here besides Anne’s diary. You can also see some of her artwork, including some beautiful watercolours she made while hiding.
7. VISIT THE RIJKSMUSEUM
The Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular and oldest museums in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located in Central Amsterdam and has some great works from Dutch masters, including Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and a lot more. Make sure you make up your mind to visit the museum book Rijksmuseum Tour in advance to skip the lines. This museum opened its door on October 14th, 1885. It’s been over 100 years since then, but it’s still popular among tourists.
8. SEE THE MASTERPIECE OF VINCENT VAN GOGH
At the Amsterdam Museum, you can find the most famous masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh: “Sunflowers.” This painting is one of my favourites too! It has so many different colours but is still very calming. It also reminds me of a beautiful bouquet on a sunny day.
9. TASTE THE LOCAL CUISINE
Amsterdam has a lot of great places to eat, many of which are located in the Old Centre. Some of the top restaurants in town are:
– De Bakkerswinkel: It’s a traditional bakery that serves sandwiches, lunch and dinner. They have many different types of bread, cake and pastries that are made fresh daily.
Pick up some snacks for later or come here for lunch.
– De Poffertjesbakkerij: This is another traditional bakery, but Dutch pancakes differ from American ones. The Dutch ones are known as “poffertjes,” They are bigger, fluffier and lighter in colour than the American ones. They have a lot of different flavours such as chocolate chips, fruit or vanilla cream.
Try to stay for lunch because it’s cheap, only 5 euros (less than $6).
10. VISIT THE AMSTERDAM RAILWAY STATION
Amsterdam’s main train station is called “Central Station” or “Centraal Station”. You can find it in the city centre, and it’s easy to get there. Many different trains and buses connect the northern and southern parts of the country.
11. VIEW THE LIGHTS OF AMSTERDAM
December 30th is a day in Amsterdam when all the lights are turned on as a part of their culture. It’s also a holiday called “Sinterklaas,” which means “Saint Nicholas.” He is also known as “Zwarte Piet,” which means “Black Peter. ” He is famous across the Netherlands for bringing presents to children on the night of December 5th. This is also the day when people remember the “Dutch East India Company,” one of the most powerful companies in Europe then.
12. SEE THE HISTORIC HOUSEBOATS
Hundreds of historic houseboats flow through the city of Amsterdam along the canals. They were built in the late 19th century, most of which have been renovated throughout history. These boats are unique because they look like homes you can find anywhere but not in Amsterdam.
13. VISIT A COFFEE SHOP
Amsterdam is known for its great coffee shops! These are places where you can find marijuana and hashish legally. If you have never been to a coffee shop before, you must try it at least once. Most of them are located in the Red Light District, but not all of them.
Het Hemelse Huis is an expensive and popular coffee shop across the street from Amsterdam’s Central Station. It’s only open for a few hours during the day because Dutch law doesn’t allow coffee shops to be open for 24 hours if they have more than 500 grams of marijuana or hashish on the stock.
14. EXPLORE THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT
The Red Light District is also known as “De Wallen.” This place is famous because hundreds of red light windows are located along the area’s main street, which you can see from far away. People often go to this place to look at the window prostitutes and party, but it’s not recommended for everyone!
15. VISIT DE PIJP
This is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Amsterdam because it has a lot of culture, charm, and great restaurants. The Pijp is a neighbourhood in Amsterdam that you can visit easily through a canal. You can find thousands of restaurants and bars here. If this is your first time in Amsterdam, I recommend staying in De Pijp for at least one night.
This is the “De Pijp” canal where many restaurants are located along the water!
16. VISIT THE MUSEUM QUARTER
Amsterdam is known as a “museum city” because there are more than 250 different museums scattered across its neighbourhoods. The museum quarter is one of its most popular areas where all these museums are located within walking distance.
17. SLEEP ON A BOAT
There are several boat hotels in Amsterdam where you can spend the night! You have to reserve your room months in advance, but it’s worth it if you’re into that sort of thing.
I hope that you enjoyed my guide to Amsterdam! I love going there and can’t wait to go back. To me, it’s a city without limits, and I think the secret is its history.
I lived in Holland for 3 years and followed this city’s growth.