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Picturesque canals, rich history and vibrant cultural scenes, capital city of Netherlands, Amsterdam is an incredible destination. It offers you a rewarding experience when you step out of the well-trodden tourist’s paths of the city centre. Whether you plan to visit Amsterdam for a week or a fortnight, there are ample things to do in Amsterdam that you should not miss out on.
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Here are 9 things to do in Amsterdam:
9. A Visit To The Dam Square
Dam square, situated at the banks of river Amstel, is the largest square in Amsterdam and has been around since the 13th century. You can find various food stands, shops and trendy restaurants. Bars and cafes at this place are generally jam packed with people. In summers, you can watch various street performances as well. Also, you can visit the royal palace, Madame Tussauds and Beurs van Berlage in the vicinity.
8. Take A Sightseeing Cruise Through Various Places In Amsterdam
Amsterdam is surrounded by canals that offer a luxury cruise in a glass-topped canal boat that takes you through the highlights of Amsterdam. It includes places like Anne Frank House, Skinny Bridge and Old Port of Amsterdam. Generally, these cruises are of 60-minutes and they also explain you the significance of each place through a recorded commentary in various languages.
7. Marvel At The Arty Jordaan
Jordaan is a charming neighborhood that takes you back in time. . Ancient buildings and narrow streets make up the most visited places amongst tourists. It offers independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens, bars and restaurants that enthrall you to the core. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow lanes of ‘Nine Streets’ and have an amazing shopping experience.
6. Soak Up Some Culture In Museumplein
Museumplein is a cultural hub of Amsterdam as it houses Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. These museums are known for their cultural heritage and house a number of significant scriptures and artifacts of ancient times. It offers open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool to dip your toes in summers. This pool turns into an ice rink in winters which is a great experience for tourists.
5. Take A Ferry To North Amsterdam
North Amsterdam is often a place that is missed by tourists. Though, it’s a place that offers vibrant culture and many street food joints. You can enjoy a number of activities like waterside hangouts, carnivals and various other events.
4. Try Herring from Herring Cart
Herring is a Dutch specialty which is a fish served in a small sandwich with onions and pickles. If you wish to try raw herring, you must try it in between May and July as it is the sweetest during these months. You can find herring carts at various places as it is a famous street food in Amsterdam.
3. Discover Independent Shopping Streets In Amsterdam
The famous shopping street in Amsterdam is ‘The Nine Streets’ where you find over 200 retailers and some independent boutiques, vintage shops and specialty stores. If you are looking for souvenirs to take back home, you can visit ‘Local Goods Store’ at De Hallen or ‘I Amsterdam Store’ at central station.
2. Visit Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House reflects the atrocity faced by Jewish people during world war II. It is a house where little Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for two years. It depicts a story of this little girl ‘Anne’ where she highlighted the relationships which built in a small room and her life in a diary. Anne Frank House is now a thought-provoking museum that gives an idea of life for Jewish people during those times. This place brings a rollercoaster of emotions in your heart that helps you empathize with Anne.
1.Taste Beer Under A Windmill
There are 8 windmills in Amsterdam and the most famous one is ‘De Gooyer’ in Oostelijke Eilanden. It consists of a micro-brewery ‘Brouwerij‘t Ij’ that has a large outdoor drinking terrace and 30-minute guided tasting tours. The brewery produces a range of organic standards and organic ales that is delectable as it is prepared at the premises.