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Relax as a local
Amsterdam is certainly not known for its great weather, but whenever Dutch people see the sun peeking through the clouds, they sit wherever they are or run to the nearest park or beach.
Vondelpark – This is the most famous park in Amsterdam. It’s a great window to the diverse people of Amsterdam. You will see and hear a homeless man playing the guitar, children screaming, young people enjoying an improvised barbecue, and much more. It is highly visited by locals and tourists, during summertime it is insanely packed.
Westerpark- This is a good option if a touristic park is not your cup of tea. The park is somewhat touristic with many attractions throughout the year, but still a pleasant place to sit, drink something and read a book. At night it is very lively with the few bars and clubs available.
Oosterpark- This is considered one of the most multicultural parks in Amsterdam. It is not very touristic, but it is extremely beautiful with its ponds, walking paths, green grass and free Wi-Fi! There is also a “speaker’s stone”, where people speak their minds every Sunday at 13:00
Blijburg Ann Zee- If you are more the beach type and do not feel like going to the coastal beaches, you will definitely enjoy Blijburg. This urban beach is one of the few swimmable beaches in Amsterdam, and it has a very Bohemian vibe. It hosts several events throughout the year and it’s definitely a good spot to relax.
Of course you are going to the Anne Frank’s house, Rijks and Van Gogh museum! They are on top of every list of any travel guide, but if you sleep in and do not feel like facing huge lines, maybe visiting a more alternative museum is a good option.
FOAM – This is the photography museum of Amsterdam. They have very unique and interesting exhibitions. This museum is not very big but definitely not too small, you can come for a quick hour and see it all, or you can come for a good three hours and experience it all.
Stedelijk Museum – This museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. It provides a strong overview of late 19th century and 20th Century art. It is well laid out and has very informative annotations. It’s a good place if you enjoy non-traditional art.
Tropen museum- This is one of the often forgotten museums in Amsterdam, but definitely a must-see if you enjoy learning about distant and exotic countries. The show is divided by continents. It begins with South America and through Africa reaches Asia and the Antilles on the first floor. Additionally, on the ground floor, there is an exhibition on Man & Environment and to the left from the entry Tropenmuseum Junior – a separate part of the museum dedicated for children, but aimed at mainly Dutch schools, less at the young international guests.
Nemo – If you are a travelling with children, do not miss this science and technology center. Visitors are engaged in these hands-on displays, computer simulations and various kinds of experiments. Visits may range from 2 to 3 hours; it is a unique experience for science and technology fans.
Rembrandt house- This is a very popular museum, and sometimes the lines can get quite long. But it is well-worth it, especially if you are a Rembrandt fan. This museum is an incredible insight on his creative process.
Tip: If you are visiting for a longer period of time or plan on visiting several museums, it is maybe worth investing 49,90 for adults and 27,45 Euros for youngsters (up to 18) in a Museum Pass. You can enter 34 of the most famous Amsterdam museums for free.
Party as a local
Amsterdam has one of the most diverse partying scenes of Europe.You can go from mainstream bars and clubs to more alternative squat parties, from upscale and trendy places to the most traditional brown bars. There is something for everyone in the city. If you choose wisely, your night is going to be unforgettable.
Hanneke’s Boom- This is a very famous bar among locals. The bar has a beer garden with wooden tables and a scenic view of the harbor. During summer time it can get very crowded, but it is worth visiting it for a drink or two and mingling with the friendly locals. During winter time, you can sit next to a wooden stove and enjoy the view.
Melkweg and Paradiso – These are the most famous venues of Amsterdam. These interesting ex warehouse and church house big names of music, dance, theater and art installations. It is worth checking what is going on in these places before visiting Amsterdam. Tickets for bigger bands get sold-out very quickly.
Maloe Melo – This is a very alternative blues bar/club. If you don’t mind hanging out with tough looking but very friendly men and women, this is the place for you. Everyday it’s different, with unknown local artists giving their best shot to blues legends. Check their agenda before going.
Trouw- This former newspaper printing factory is very famous among locals in Amsterdam. It is reference in electronic and minimal music, and one of the few Dutch clubs in the DJ MAG Top 100 clubs. If you like techno and minimal, Trouw is definitely the place for you.
Roest – It is a self-service bar and it is located on the eastern side of the city. It has a very minimalist but cozy environment. Roest has it all, a city-beach, a café, a theater and during the weekends a nice club to chill.
Café Alto – This is a cozy brown bar in the hectic Leidse square. It has attracted Jazz enthusiasts from all over the world with performances of legendary jazz musicians. If you are still craving for more jazz, Cotton Club and Bourbon Street are great options.
There is much more to see and do in Amsterdam! Please leave your personal favorites or questions on the comments below.
This is going to be tricky and controversial, but let’s face the truth: 23% of the 8 million tourists that visit Amsterdam every year go to a Coffee Shop during their stay.
For those of you that don’t know what a Coffee Shop is, here’s the Wikipedia definition: “Coffeeshops (or cannabis coffee shop) are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the local authorities”
To celebrate this libertine attitude against soft drugs, each year the New York based magazine “High Times” organizes the “High Times Cannabis Cup” – also known as the “Cannabis Cup” – which is held in November in Amsterdam.
We’ve cobbled together this infographic to give an overview of the tourism activity in Amsterdam. Bloody foreigners – where are you all coming from? What do you get up to? When will we see the back of you? The answers to these questions and more are all right here: Under the skirts of Amsterdam tourism.
Airport dining sounds about as much fun as medieval surgery. Greasy, undercooked, carelessly composed and poorly presented ‘food’ is pretty much standard fare in far too many airports.
I’ll happily browse the duty free for deals on Absolut, Jim Beam and Bombay Sapphire, but my gastronomical expectations don’t dare venture beyond machine coffee and a factory muffin.
However, I’ve recently been forced to reconsider my stance; airport dining isn’t just a foreseeable possibility – it’s already here. These five top airport restaurants might make you think twice before settling for pretentious lattes in Starbucks or rubbery ‘burgers’ in McDonalds.
If you have the hunger, browse our tips for top airport restaurants…and if you know anybody who’s passing through these airports, make sure you give them a recommendation – they’ll thank you for it later!
Most tourists coming to Netherlands have Amsterdam at the top of their list. Many have Amsterdam as the only thing on their list. True, there’s loads to see in Amsterdam, but there’s also plenty of attractions just outside the city. These hidden gems are often no more than an hour away and can easily be seen and enjoyed in a day.
Once again, this wasn’t an easy one – we received so many comments on this competition! It was fantastic, but also really difficult, reading through them all and deciding a winner. There are so many people that deserve to celebrate Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, the biggest party in the Netherlands! But unfortunately we can’t give it to everybody.
It’s by far the biggest celebration of the Dutch calendar, but remains virtually unheard of outside of the Netherlands. However, try to have an amble along the canals on 30th April and you’ll wonder if the Dutch have been drinking from their waterways.
Queen’s Day (or Koninginnedag, if you’re going local) is an event surely not to be missed, and hotels are often fully booked over this period. Fortunate, then, that we have a double room to give away for free in our latest competition. Let’s look into that a bit further:
Maaaan…this was a tough one. We got SO many comments on the latest competition blogpost. It was fantastic but also really difficult reading through them all and deciding a winner. There are so many people that deserve a break, a special treat, and even the experience of a lifetime. So we can’t give it to everybody, but at least we have one treat to give away.
First of all, thanks once again to the Singel Hotel in Amsterdam for making this possible. Being located on Amsterdam’s central canal ring gives you the opportunity to explore so many cultural attractions of this magnificent city. Plus, a canal cruise is a fascinating way to experience Amsterdam.
Well, I guess I should stop yapping and announce the winner of 2 nights in double/twin room with breakfast, a canal cruise and a bottle of champagne. I already said it was tough – our shortlist was still several pages long…
As a follow-up to our Top Amsterdam Blogs post, we’ve roped our Amsterdam Experts into providing some expert insider tips to enjoying a fantastic trip to Amsterdam.
Thanks very much to:
- Vicky Hampton, the Amsterdam Foodie
- Kira Nijenhuis, from Life in Amsterdam
- Cecily Layzell at Eat Amsterdam
- Mark from dutchgrub
- Wendy at Typical Dutch Stuff
- Daniel Duclos from Ducs Amsterdam
- Wieden+Kennedy from Our Dam Blog
We’ve tried our best to condense their answers, which were very insightful – especially when it comes to food and drink! If you haven’t already been to Amsterdam, book your trip today. It’s a beautiful city with a lovely ambience and a variety of attractions.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the useful stuff:
Europe might be full of foreigners, small hotel rooms and questionable border security, but one thing it really does have going for it is the depth and breadth of history throughout the continent. Like tropical rainforest is for plant and animal species, Europe is an area of immense cultural richness.
What follows is an introduction to UNESCO-listed attractions in Europe. In this post I’ll concentrate on the most famous ones. However, it’s definitely worth looking beyond the obvious to uncover less well-known destinations.
Let’s move from west to east, so it will feel a bit like we’re travelling forward in time.