Amsterdam is a city that is renowned for its laid-back attitude to the leisure use of cannabis; tourists frequently visit the city’s cannabis coffeehouses, many to just people watch rather than to try the products on offer. However, with its lovely canals, impressive architecture, great shopping stores and friendly people, there is much more to this city than meets the eye.
Visitors who embark on a trip to Amsterdam will find that this fascinating city has plenty to offer.
Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam is a haven for connoisseurs and students of architecture. The city’s architecture is diverse, ranging from renaissance and gothic designs to art nouveau and modern buildings.
From churches and synagogues to drawbridges, canal houses and windmills, there are enough architectural marvels in Amsterdam to capture a design lover’s heart. A casual stroll or a bike ride round the city is the best way to see most of these structures.
Some of the most notable architectural structures include the Old Kerk at the heart of the red light district, the Central Station, the Magere Brug Bridge on River Amstel, the Canal Rings, Koninklijk Palace, the Magna Plaza and the De Gooyer windmill at the outskirts of the city.
Lively cultural scene
Tourists seeking a cultural experience will delight in Amsterdam’s vibrant arts scene. This charming city offers a tempting menu of musicals, comedy, theatre and opera to satisfy any taste. Visitors can enjoy jazz at the Bimhuis before heading to the Concertgebouw for a classical concert, or to the Boom Chicago for some stand-up comedy.
The Amsterdam Music Theatre should be included in the itinerary as it is home to the Netherlands Opera and the Dutch National Ballet. It also hosts brilliant performances from various international artists and groups.
Those seeking further cultural entertainment can make their way to the Royal Theatre Carré and the Melkweg, or simply catch a performance by street artists at Dam Square.
The Netherlands has always pioneered the fine arts and this is apparent in the numerous museums found in Amsterdam. There are more than 50 museums in the city alone. Those dedicated to famous works of art include, the Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmusuem, Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum.
Individuals who wish to delve into Amsterdam’s colorful history should pay a visit to the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, Verzetsmuseum or the Joods Historisch Museum, among others.
There are also smaller and quirkier museums displaying all sorts of unusual collections, such as spectacles, bags and purses, houseboats, bibles and even cats.
Wonderful parks and gardens
After a day of sightseeing, tourists can take time out to relax in one of Amsterdam’s fine parks or gardens. They can choose to explore the secluded and serene Begijnhof Garden or picnic at the popular Vondelpark. Those interested in botany will love the renovated Hortus Bortanicus botanical garden situated within walking distance of Artis Zoo and the Museum District.
Other notable recreational areas providing an escape from the bustle of the city include, Amstelpark, Frankendael, Beatrixpark and Westerpark.
Thanks to its numerous attractions, a trip to Amsterdam is guaranteed to be a memorable lifetime adventure for anyone. With plenty of cheap hotels in Amsterdam, this is the ideal place for anyone to visit, regardless of their cultural preferences.