Things To Do In Amsterdam

Taking to the canals is just one of many things to do in Amsterdam

You might think that the majority of things in Amsterdam might only be fun after eating “happy brownies” but don’t be fooled, Amsterdam is a world-class city.  While American movies may depict the capital of Netherlands as the place to go to get stoned…legally, there is definitely more to Amsterdam then hedonistic endeavours.

Here are just some of the top things to do in Amsterdam that you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy a cruise along the beautiful canals.  Most people think of Venice when they hear canals, but the canals of Amsterdam (declared a UNESCO Monument in 2010) are very scenic and historically significant.  The canals were originally created to aid in transportation in Amsterdam back in the 17th century.  Some of the canals have since been filled in to make way for new roads, but there are still about 165 perfectly preserved canals where you can enjoy award winning river cruises.

Stop to smell the flowers.  Tulips are the Netherlands’ pride and joy and what better place to find them than in Keukenhof which is just a 40 minute drive from Amsterdam.  Relive your dream of running amidst thousands of colourful tulips by having a stroll in the famous bulb flower park in Lisse.

Don’t miss the Amsterdam Tulip Museum where you can find exhibits on many specimens and rare breeds of tulips.

The Bloemenmarkt is also a fantastic place to see these famous Dutch flowers.  Also known as the “Flower Market”, this complex of stalls floats on the canals and makes for a unique experience.

Walk around De Wallen.  The De Wallen may be famous in Amsterdam as the city’s infamous red light district.  But, there is more to this district than the legal sex tourism it promotes.  De Wallen has many historic town homes and other interesting architecture with great historical significance.  It’s definitely a great place to stroll around during the day time as well.

Sample delicious Dutch cuisines.  One of the top things to do in Amsterdam is to indulge in some of the authentic Dutch cuisines and famed delicacies.  Some favorites include erwtensoep or split pea soup and stamppot boerenkool which is a great treat for the Netherlands’ cooler climate.

Shop til’ you drop.  Amsterdam may not cross your mind as a world-class shopping destination.  But, it is truly a great place to shop.  It has everything any traveler would wish for, from the budget-conscious backpacker to the financially comfortable jetsetter.  You can find retail outlets of many exclusive labels or unique finds in independent boutiques in and around the Nine Street neighborhood.

In addition, there are many stores in Amsterdam where you can purchase unique and quirky finds such as arts and antiques and interior decors.

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