I was first introduced to Amsterdam by a Geography book when I was about ten years old. The book spoke about Holland with its many canals and windmills. I was truly fascinated by it. However, at that age, it seemed like a fairy-tale to me. Can such a place truly exist?
I got the answer to that, years later, and you can well imagine my excitement! Amsterdam is one of the most enchanting and beautiful cities in the world. If you are planning a trip to this place, here are some of the must-sees to put in your itinerary.
Canals are probably synonymous with Amsterdam. Some people even call it “Venice Of The North” owing to these canals. The combined length of the canals of Amsterdam is roughly around 31 miles. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that there are around 1281 bridges on these canals!
The canals are one of the most popular ways of getting around in the city. Of course, you can rent a bike too. However, I would recommend taking a tour of the canals on one of the many cruise services available. These include an audio commentary too. So, along with a lovely ride, you will also get to learn a lot of interesting facts.
This neighborhood of Amsterdam is one of the prettiest. If you’re looking to click some great photos of the canal bridges lined with pretty flowers, this is where you should go. The houses here are incredibly beautiful. You will also find some great cafes and shops that sell interesting curios. It’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon sipping on a beer or a coffee by the canals.
#3. Anne Frank House
Jordaan is also home to the Anne Frank Museum. This is the same house in which Anne Frank spent two years in hiding from the Nazis. Little Anne also wrote her famous diary in this very place during that time.
The Anne Frank Museum is one of the most famous attractions of Amsterdam and rightly so. You’ll get a feel of the life she had as a child and those turbulent times. If you’re planning on visiting, make sure to book tickets online, months in advance. These get sold out very quickly and if you were to buy tickets on the spot, wait times can go up to three hours! Also, make sure to check their website for any changes to the ticketing system.
#4. Dam Square
Dam Square is actually the heart of the city, that houses most of the historic monuments such as the Nieuwe Kerk and the Royal Palace. This place is almost always bustling with tourists and is one of the liveliest of places. You can also visit Madame Tussauds when in the area or take a horse-buggy ride.
#5. De Wallen
Perhaps the most infamous area of Amsterdam is De Wallen, popularly known as the Red Light District. It is actually a very safe area and extremely touristy too. Once you have taken a tour of the narrow alleys, make a stop at one of the coffee shops and try some of their offerings. The Bulldog coffee shop is quite popular in this area. You can also enjoy a nice dinner by the canals or on a houseboat.
Don’t forget to try some Dutch pancakes when you’re in Amsterdam. You can also take some day trips to the nearby areas like Haarlem, Delft, and Rotterdam. I hope this guide helps you enjoy your Amsterdam visit thoroughly. Can you think of any other things that are not to be missed when in Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments below.
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