Amsterdam is the capital and the most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. According to some surveys and rankings, Amsterdam is one of the best places for living in Europe, and also one of the most famous touristic destinations. So what makes it such a wonderful and comfortable place for life, work and travelling, what is a secret of its success? Probably, its unique architecture, great atmosphere, friendly environment, art, culture and a lot of other things which we definitely recommend you to experience by yourself. Also, visiting this city, better plan your trip and activities in advance, and for the beginning - read our list of TOP 5 things to do in Amsterdam!
1. Get a bike and go cycling
Bicycles is an essential part of the city culture of Amsterdam. Can you imagine, the city has more than 400 km of bike paths! Just rent one or borrow it from a friend, if you have any in Amsterdam, and lose yourself riding along the magnificent canals through the cozy streets of the city. Only in such a way you will catch the spirit of the city, feel like a local and see the best of it! Just keep in mind some security matters: put your lights on during night time and don't forget to lock your bike up!
2. Visit local museums
Amsterdam is famous for its amazing museums, and the most important of them are located on the Museumplein (Museum Square). One of the biggest among them is the Rijksmuseum that exhibits the collection of classical Dutch art, including the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. Another place to visit is Van Gogh Museum, who lived in Amsterdam; as well as Stedelijk Museum, the biggest and most important museum of modern art. Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) and the Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House) are also in the list of the most popular museums of Amsterdam, so visiting this city, for sure dedicate some time for visiting as many of them as possible!
3. Taste delicious Dutch food
Dutch food is so unbelievably delicious! The traditional local cuisine had been also based on fishing and farming, which centuries ago were actually the main industries. Nowadays Amsterdam is known for its delicious foods that represent a great mix of the best of traditional dishes with a modern touch. And of course, don't miss your chance to taste its famous local cheeses! If you are a sweet tooth, Amsterdam has prepared for you stroopwafels, delicious waffles with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. You will love it!
4. Walk around the Red Light District and visit its famous sex shops
In out opinion, the Red Light District is not the main attraction of Amsterdam, but for sure, something that makes it famous and something that you can't not visit, being here. Just walk around in order to see the famous windows with the ladies of the oldest profession. However, remember that you are not allowed to make photos of them. Otherwise, they can go out and pour on you water, or at least you will have problems with security. And meanwhile, visiting this famous district... why not to visit one of the cheesy sex shops (who knows which souvenir you want to bring from the city of sins)? :)
5. Have fun all night long
Amsterdam is a city known for its dynamic night life, crazy parties and the greatest dance clubs in Europe. But not only this! It is also home of the biggest music festivals and the best electronic music. Do you know such names as Armin van Burren, Tiësto, Sander van Doorn, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix? They are all Dutch, so this city must have something really special in its music culture... Stay up all night and have a great time!
Visiting Amsterdam, it may really great just to get lost between its streets or just to stop next to some canal and simply to enjoy the moment. Because sometimes the best things that are happening to us when they are not planned. So... discover Amsterdam and create the most unforgettable memories of your life!