Amsterdam, one of the most multifaceted cities in the world, is a perfect destination for a day or weekend trip. Its picturesque canals and architecture, unique culture, open-minded citizens, and absolute freedom can’t be found anywhere else around the globe. Take your umbrella or raincoat, get on the bicycle, and let’s explore this one-of-a-kind city!
Van Gogh Museum
The museum is a must-visit attraction for both Van Gogh admirers and culture lovers. It includes various floors that represent different periods of prominent artist’s works in chronological order. Visitors can not only familiarize themselves with Van Gogh’s outstanding style but also his life in the “3D immersive exhibition” Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience. Besides, paintings of such impressive artists as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet are exhibited in the museum.
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House can be called the most touching museum in the world. In the Secret Annex or the Achterhuis, Anne and her Jewish family hid from persecution during the World War, and it was here where Anne wrote her famous diary. The museum allows us to feel all the terrible details of the war up close and take a new look at lots of things. Note that this attraction is incredibly packed, and it’s recommended to book tickets a couple of weeks in advance.
De Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets)
De Negen Straatjes is a picturesque sub-neighborhood in Amsterdam at the intersection of nine side streets. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and depicts local, authentic architecture. Here, you can find vintage cafes and boutiques, take lovely photos, and enjoy an unhurried stroll.
The biggest park in Amsterdam is certainly worth visiting. Due to its impressive size, you can find a secluded place and take a break from everyday life. Also, there is a rosary, an open-air theatre, a playground, and numerous cafes with several food options. The jewel of the park is the extraordinary statue The Fish made by Pablo Picasso.
Tip: Taking into account that Amsterdam is the world bike capital with developed infrastructure, you can’t go there without taking a bike ride. It’s particularly advisable to go cycling in the Vondelpark or along the canals. And it goes without saying that a boat trip in the delightful canals is a must. To find out more about the attractions in Amsterdam and accommodation options, visit HotelFriend.
In the open-air museum in a neighborhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk, you can relish the trademark of the Netherlands, namely the windmills. It includes seven museums with historic houses and windmills as well as workshops and craft shops where you can buy delicious souvenirs. The attraction is situated only 18 minutes away from Amsterdam Central station.
The Albert Cuyp Market
The Albert Cuyp Market is a street market between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat where you can taste local food (waffles are highly recommended) and buy multiple souvenirs at affordable prices. Although it may seem quite crowded, it embraces a huge space that you are welcomed to explore.
If you are looking for a spot to have dinner and try the unique Dutch cuisine, the food market Foodhallen is absolutely the right choice. It houses a great variety of diverse cultures and flavors. In numerous food stalls, you can find both European and Middle Eastern food options and enjoy the buzzy atmosphere.
To let the day fade away, you can visit the A’dam Lookout – a restaurant with an all-round view on the roof of a 20-story building. Bravehearts can experience the highest European swing ‘Over the Edge’ on thrilling 100 meters above the ground. The interactive exhibition devoted to Amsterdam’s history and culture and the light-sound elevator are other gems of this hotspot.