As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the most famous cities in Europe. Known for its many canals and cute streets with amazing architecture, Amsterdam is also full of bicycles.
I guess it’s a dutch thing to rather use a bicycle than a car to get around, but I never thought I’d have to be careful not to get run over by a bicycle one day.
How to get around
So as you can think, to get around you can rent a bicycle, walk, take the subway or a tram. And I would recommend a canal cruise on one of the boats. You can get a ticket for 12€ an hour.
Amsterdam is home to a lot of museums, such as the Anne Frank House, the Rembrandt House, the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Be early planning your visit, because otherwise it’s possible you don’t get a ticket at your preferred day.
As you walk into the city center you walk by the Dam Square and the Royal Palace. Continuing for a bit longer you get to the famous Bloemenmarkt (flower market). You can buy tulips and other flowers for a really good price as well as some souvenirs, such as little wodden shoes or cannabis chocolate.
Since drugs like Cannabis in all its forms and magic mushrooms are legal in Amsterdam, you can also buy them in a so called coffee shop and smoke legally in public. Most coffee shops are located in the famous Red Light District, where you can also find sex shops, sex museums and probably everything you’ve heard about.
Amsterdam has also nice coffee spots, where you’re really able to drink coffee. My dutch friend, who lives in Amsterdam recommends the precinct De Pijp and we also had some good coffee there together.
While we’re already talking about coffee, let’s get more into dutch food. My favorite is the Stroopwafel, which is made of two baked dough with a caramel filling in between. You can also get a lot of fish and dutch pancakes. For drinking there’s coffee and also the famous Heineken beer. I also really enjoyed a meal in an Indonesian restaurant to bring back my asian travel vibes.
Indonesia once was a dutch colony and I also found some dutch food back in Indonesia.
Amsterdam is a really nice city in every aspect, nethertheless, I have to admit, that I enjoyed smaller dutch cities, such as Haarlem and Groningen way more, because they were less touristy.
I hope you liked this blog post, see you soon!
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