The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is very popular with tourists from America and the East. In fact, it’s one of Europe’s most popular cities! This is why we choose to include it on so many of our tours. Here are three of our favourite reasons to visit Amsterdam:
There is so much culture!
Did you know that Amsterdam has more than 50 museums? There are also 55 concert halls and 141 art galleries (at last count!). If you like art and stage performances, this is the place to be. Some of the museums you can visit on a tour to Amsterdam include the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt house, where you can see works by some of the most famous Dutch painters. At Anne Frank House you can learn more about World War II and the effect it had on the Jewish people. The Tulip Museum is a great place to find out more about the Dutch national flower and how it is grown.
In Amsterdam, one of the best ways to see the city is to go to a coffee house and watch locals go about their day. Café culture is a big part of the Dutch lifestyle. Most workers will break for ‘koffietijd’ around 10 or 11am. Tip! Remember that there is a difference between a coffee house and a café. In Amsterdam, a café also sells marijuana products, so be careful of the muffins!
And then there is the cheese! The Dutch are known all over the world for the wide variety of cheeses they make. If you travel with us, you will visit Clara Maria farm, where we you will see how Dutch cheese and clogs are made. It is a fun way to learn more about these traditional trades.
It gets interesting after dark
Amsterdam has a lively nightlife. There are many different places to listen to live music and enjoy a drink (if you want). The city is known for its talented musicians, so if you like dancing, you are in for a treat. There are many clubs and dance events that go on through the night. Our tour leaders know all the best places that are safe to visit!
Another part of Amsterdam that many people like to visit is the Red Light District. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, so ladies of the night can offer their services freely. De Wallen is the most well-known area where you can walk around and see the ladies calling from behind their windows. It is different from any other country, so it is an interesting outing.
It’s a green city
The Dutch take pride in their earth-friendly policies. Even though Amsterdam is a modern city with lots to do and see, you will also find plenty of parks and green spaces. This is a great place to have a picnic lunch and enjoy nature. Another thing you must do in Amsterdam is go for a bicycle ride. The city is nice and flat, so it’s a great (and cheap!) way to get around on your free days.
We have two wonderful tours that start in Amsterdam. The European Vistas tour is 8 days long, and visits 7 countries. The Europe Jewel tour is 14 days long and visits 10 countries. Both these tours are great options for travellers who want to see the best Europe has to offer.
Get in touch if you want to know more about Amsterdam and our tours that start there. Bon voyage!