Historic sites, ancient museums, cobbled pathways, parks, canals and the experience of getting around in a boat or on a cycle – Amsterdam has it all for you. Unique for being a canal city, imagine getting around in a boat! Of course, you may also want to walk around and lose yourself in the distinctive ambience of this city, or enter the alleys of the Red Light District. Pace yourself and enjoy the innumerable and varied sights that Amsterdam offers. And when you’ve done Amsterdam minutely, take a tour out of the city and take in the differently-colored tulips all along your way.
DO & SEE
Whether you’re an art aficionado or have a lay interest in it, you’ll be stunned by the range and detail of museums in Amsterdam–from the Van Gogh Art Museum to the art and Rijksmuseum, this city has it all. History buffs will enjoy the Dam Square, Ann Frank’s House and if Nature draws you to her, Amsterdam offers the Keukenhof Park, the botanical gardens, Vondelpark and the floating flower market. Everything here is a feast for the eyes, besides there are many things here you can do for free.
There’s a wide variety of accommodation available in Amsterdam–ranging from luxury hotels to budget and boutique hotels that overlook the canal. If you’re holidaying here in a group, you’d be best to book yourselves in a serviced apartment or bed and breakfast. For travelers on a budget, there are several hostels and cheap hotels. Here are a few of the best hotels overlooking the canal.
On the restaurant front, Amsterdam certainly doesn’t hold back either in quantity, local or international quality or style. In fact, it is a culinary melting pot, just like the city is. Restaurants here serve local fare, Asian and Mediterranean delicacies. So, irrespective of your budget, meal choice, or any other preference, you can find it all here and take home delicious memories too.
BARS AND NIGHT LIFE
As the evening in Amsterdam turns into night; the cafes, restaurants, casinos, cinemas and the favorite hot spots of travelers tune into fun and entertainment. There are dance festivals, night clubs and music centers where there’s something happening every day. Famous among these cultural and dance centers are Paradiso, Sugar Factory and Melkweg where you can listen to your kind of music–rap, rock, pop, world music–you name it.
Day tours are an excellent way of seeing Amsterdam in all its beauty. For instance, you can take a canal boat tour in the evening and wind up with a candlelight dinner. Or, how about a bike tour where you can see a different Amsterdam? Get an aerial view of the city in a helicopter. A visit to Hague, or to the scenic Delft and Bruges; or cheese and fishing centers Zaanse Schans and Volendam and the Red Light Tour can make for great day outings. Hop on, hop off buses and self-guided walks are also good options here.
The best way to get to know Amsterdam is to take a cruise on one of its 165 canals. Choose to take a cruise any time of the day. Some cruises depart every 20-30 minutes while others can be enjoyed for a whole day or in the evening, along with a candlelight dinner. Choose the cruise you want to take. Any cruise you might take here is highly enjoyable and absolutely unforgettable.
You can shop in Amsterdam at the level you choose. Perhaps you like to do street shopping or go to the large chain of fashion stores that dot the city. Take your pick and enjoy the retail therapy this city throws up. But remember, you can’t leave Amsterdam without buying a chunk of Gouda cheese, its signature blue Delft porcelain or Dutch clogs and wooden shoes.
There’s a lot you can do in Amsterdam, particularly if you’re short on time and have a long bucket list of things to do and see here. But the best way of seeing as much of it as possible on a budget is to look for cheap tickets, free museums and budget accommodation. Living further away from the City Centre can also save you a lot of money. So, find the best deals and enjoy a unique holiday in Amsterdam.