Want to visit a city that has the cleanest water in all of Europe, is considered one of the safest in its area, is the birthplace of gin and is supported by about 11,000,000 wooden poles? Then Amsterdam is your destination!
There are many unique things about Amsterdam. Did you know Amsterdam has more canals (165) and bridges (1,281) than Venice? It also has more museums per square meter than any other city in the world. Amongst them are the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house of Anne Frank. And, forget driving, the city’s denizens prefer to bike. In fact, there are more bikes than people (over 850,000)!
Amsterdam is also the city of houseboats, with over 3,000 situated along its complex canal structure. It also has one cat boat or ‘Poezenboot’ as it is referred to, which houses stray cats! You can find this floating feline sanctuary on the Singel canal.
So, if you’d like to see the tallest people in the world, houses that “dance”, and indulge in fries with mayonnaise, go ahead, book your ticket!
Top Things To See & Do
A canal cruise along the Amsterdam Canals is undoubtedly the number one attraction and for first-time visitors, this is a great introduction to the city.
Visit Musemplein. Home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Museumplein is the cultural epicenter t of Amsterdam.
If you like beer, you can take a tour of the Heineken Factory (complete with a tasting room finale!)
Wander around Jordaan, a charming neighborhood filled with narrow streets and quaint buildings, reminiscent of the olden days. Here you’ll find independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens and bars and restaurants.
Additional Things to Do & See
- Another great way to see the sights is to sign up for a free walking tour of the city.
- Think you can taste your way through all of these traditional Dutch snacks during your visit?
- Want to relax? With over 30 parks to choose from, you’ll never be short of a picnic spot in Amsterdam. The 47 acre Vondelpark is the largest. Other notable parks are Westerpark, Sarphatipark in De Pijp and Rembrandtpark in the West – home to the oldest petting zoo in the city.
Helpful Travel Links