Amsterdam, the absolutely gorgeous & picturesque capital city of Netherlands. Known for its elaborate canal system, artistic heritage, and narrow houses with gabled facades, our travel blogger Natasha visited this Dutch city recently and is all eager to tell our readers her stories as she explored this vibrant destination that she ticked off from her long travel list!
1.Exploring some of the greatest museums
Housing more than 4oo museums, here are some of the chosen ones that you must visit. Voted as the best museum in the country, Rijksmuseum is the grandest of all, its vast collection showcases iconic art and a wide variety of artefacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, including jaw dropping paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless more Dutch greats. Amongst others are Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank house, Sex museum and Stedelijk Museum.
2. ‘Canal – ing’ Around
Wander along one of Amsterdam’s many watery byways. As the city boasts more canals than Venice – they cover a quarter of its surface and have been a source of wealth here for centuries..hence known as “The Venice of the North”. Her trip was incomplete without cruising through these romantic byways.
Other than the four main city center canals which are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel, there are numerous smaller canals in the neighbourhood of Jordaan which has beautiful narrow streets, picturesque historic backdrop, local coffee shops, art galleries where you can easily lose yourself for hours together.
3. Chill out in the city’s much-loved Vondelpark
Apparently the most famed park in the whole of the Netherlands, this vast green public space offers a quick escape from Amsterdam’s hustle and bustle. If you’re lucky you might also catch a free concert, either at the open-air theatre or, during the summer months, the bandstand. Cycle around these greens for a change, it might take your entire day but must say it is totally worth it!
4. If you miss the Dam Square, you haven’t seen Amsterdam!
It is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre. Amsterdam squares completes the city with its beauty and activity known for each square. Big and open Dam square with the Palace of the King is one of city’s main attractions. Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are famous for insane nightlife and has great coffee shops too.
5. Indulge in some window shopping in The Nine Streets or De Negen Straatjes
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s canal district, here you’ll find high end fashion, quirky boutiques, art galleries and great restaurants. Whether you choose to buy is up to you.
6. The Red Light District has its own attraction..whether you like it or not!
Amsterdam is also known for Beer and party lovers, sex for sale (its legal here) ; it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but Amsterdam’s 500-year-old Red Light District certainly has its ‘attractions’. The stores are full of hardcore videos, magazines and sex toys. It has lines of the famous red window lights striking against the quaint, old canal houses and fairy lights that lines the bridges at night. This area is considered to be a very safe area, care should still be taken when walking through the quieter streets. There is a strict “no photography” policy here. SO leave behind your cameras.
Well there is more to her trip…
7. Tripping in the countryside
In a quirky Dutch-ism, Amsterdam may be the official capital of the Netherlands, but it’s The Hague (Den Haag) where the government sits (along with several international courts, for which the city’s best known). Cosmopolitan and cultured, The Hague is Holland’s third-largest town. Her trip to Holland was straight out of a Bollywood movies with breathtaking windmills (Believe it or not, there are 8 stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to admired), countryside scenery and cheese factory at Volendam and clog making at Marken. You know the best part of this scenic paradise was her journey from Volendam to Marken via ferry watching the beautiful sunset.
Natasha’s trip to Amsterdam was all about devouring this beautiful destination cycling, walking her way around, hogging on waffles & loads of french fries stopping by these cute cafes and not to forget some breathtaking window shopping.
I Amsterdam is a wonderland!