Amsterdam might have a reputation as being something of a seedy city but this is unjustified and I’m always surprised when I speak to my European friends who love travel, but have never visited this amazing city. Whilst the seedier side of the city exists and is often celebrated, there is far more to Amsterdam than that and if you haven’t been there then you should put it in your travel plans this year. For some ideas around what to do in the Dutch capital read on.
The Rijksmuseum is one of Europe’s finest art museums, it houses both classical and modern art from all over the World. Within the museum you can find some of the great masterpieces from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also celebrates Dutch history and even non-museum lovers will enjoy spending a day walking around the Rijksmuseum.
House of Anne Frank
The house where famous diarist Anne Frank hid out whilst being chased by the Nazis has been kept exactly the way it was from the day she was captured. The house has now been turned into a shrine for her and her family as well as an exhibition of kidnap and captivity. Expect to spend around half a day here being educated on what happened during this time and how poor Anne Frank ended up being captured.
Visit the Red Light District
Amsterdam’s red light district has been a famous part of the city ever since the legalisation of prostitution and cannabis in the city. The red light district is filled with doorways where prostitutes look for business and cafes where you can legally buy cannabis, despite the vices available there is nothing seedy about this area, it is all done very professionally and very tactfully and visiting the area will be a real eye-opener for you.
Take a Tour
Amsterdam is a huge metropolis and taking a tour is one of the best ways to see the city, there are hundreds of guided tours available to you in all parts of the city. If you already know where and how you wish to see the city then consider a private car service to ferry you about, this way you can travel on your own time without having to wait for taxis or trams and you will certainly be riding in a little more comfort.
Hit the Water
Amsterdam is filled with a sprawling network of canals that flow through the very heart of the city. If you can make the time then I would strongly advise that you jump on one of the many canal boats and pass an afternoon floating through the city. Many of the canal boats offer restaurants and bars and when the sun is shining down on the Dutch capital there are fewer better places to be than on the deck of one of the boats sipping a cold glass of your favourite beverage.