10 Things You Must Do in Amsterdam

If you’re thinking about taking a short trip to Amsterdam this year, perhaps on the Newcastle to Amsterdam Ferry, then be sure sure to read this 10 Things You Must Do in Amsterdam to get some ideas .

It is true that Amsterdam is known for its “open mindedness” and just about everything you can think of is legal here. The other side of the story is that Amsterdam is an old European city rich in culture and tradition. The city boasts of beautiful canals lined with cobbled streets. Along these streets there are plenty of cafes serving up great tasting homemade beer, bagels with beans and of course famous Dutch pastry items. The following are the top 10 things to do if visiting Amsterdam.

  1. Visit the Museumplein. Here you will be able to see the artwork of famous artists such s Van Gogh, Rembrandt and others. You could spend hours here looking at some of the most famous works of art. Another museum located here is the Rijksmuseum which highlights the golden age of Dutch art and culture.
  2. If you feel like taking a break, there are nearly 1200 pubs and cafes to choose from. The first Heineken brewery is located in Amsterdam and you can take one of their famous “How beer gets made” tours.
  3. Make a visit to Haarlem. No, this is not Harlem New York, it is Haarlem, Amsterdam. This place is teeming with great boutiques and yet more art museums. The famous Gothic church St. Bavo Church and Frans Hals art museum is located here. There are also several great cafes in this area.
  4. This brings us to another great shopping area and that would be the famous 9 streets. If you are looking for cutting edge fashion accessories as well as eclectic clothes, then this is the place to be. There are stores which sell this type of clothing along with vintage clothing for a steal. Some of the stores here even sell custom made clothing such as jeans and shirts for their customers.
  5. Boat tours are a big attraction in Amsterdam. As mentioned before this city is filled with canals and there are several companies which offer tours around these canals. Some of them serve food as part of the trip and it is a great way to get a different perspective of this city.
  6. If you are into carnivals and festivals then Dam Square is the place to be. It is located in the central part of the city.
  7. The restaurant and food scene in Amsterdam may not be as big as some of the other European cities, but it is still very good. This is true when it comes to diversity. French, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Turkish restaurants co-exist side by side. However, the prices are more reasonable compared to other cities.
  8. The red light district is located near Dam square and it is one of the oldest areas of Amsterdam. Prostitution has been legal in this area since the 13th century! You will be able to see the ladies displaying their “wares” from the windows. There are few shops and museums worth visiting in this area.
  9. Night life in Amsterdam is well known throughout Europe. There are countless nightclubs and discotheques in this city. However, Leidseplein is known to be the liveliest area. This place is filled with night clubs, open air theaters, and restaurants.
  10. Amsterdam is well known for its flowers or tulips to be precise. The Bloemenmarkt is the famous floating flower market. You can buy flowers and seeds or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful view.