Amsterdam is the capital and the most populous city in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as a Dutch capital is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is in The Hague.
Amsterdam is one of those cities that when you visit you want to live there. And it’s not because of its reputation as a cool city, where almost everything is free, but because of its youthful atmosphere, where people from all over the world live in harmony, where the bicycle is almost the main means of transport, where history is …
Where to stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch city with a reputation for being cool is one of those that when you visit you feel at home and never want to leave. And for the stay to become even better, choosing a hotel that meets the expectations of the traveler is essential. Searching in advance helps a lot when choosing a hotel and if the trip is during the high season, which in this case is from mid-June to mid-September, the sooner you book, the more likely you are to find affordable hotels /benefit.
In addition to having hotels, hostels and apartments for rent as accommodation options, in Amsterdam it is also possible to stay in a boat house! That’s right, they are houses inside the boats that are stationary on the city’s canals. The boat houses are part of the country’s culture and having the opportunity to stay in one of them is to learn a little more about the Dutch way of life. It works like the hotels, there are several types of boathouses, from the cheapest to the most expensive, from the prettiest to the simplest and the value will depend on the location and quality of the boathouse that are all over Amsterdam, and of course , always within the channels.
neighborhood close to the center of Amsterdam, with beautiful streets and canals that are even more beautiful. With many cafes and restaurants, it has a good location, without all the hustle and bustle of downtown. It is a neighborhood where many students and artists live and is well known for being the home of the girl Anne Frank, who lived in hiding with her family during the Nazi persecution and today has become a museum that attracts tourists from around the world. whole.
Close to Centraal Station and many tourist attractions, as in most cities, the center is the region where a little bit of everything is concentrated and this includes sub-regions considered good to stay in and others not so good because they are less safe.
With some tourist attractions nearby, such as Museum Square and Vondelpark, Leidseplein is a good option, especially for those who like to enjoy the nightlife. In the neighborhood there are several bars, nightclubs and the famous coffeeshops where drugs considered light (such as marijuana for example) are sold. During the summer months the region is very busy, especially at night.
Located near Museum Square, it is a region that houses some of the main museums in Amsterdam: Van Gogh, Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum are some of them. For those who have visiting museums as one of the focus of their trip, this place is undoubtedly a great option. The famous I Amsterdam sign is also nearby, in addition to the city’s most visited park, the Vondelpark.
Neighborhood where many immigrants live and where there is a famous tourist attraction: the Heineken Experience, a museum that tells the story of the brand and during the tour tourists taste the beer. There is also the Albert Cuyp market, one of the biggest markets in Europe.
Where to eat in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Although not considered the gastronomic capital of Europe, Amsterdam has a wide variety of restaurants, mainly from exotic places like Indonesia and China.
Typical Amsterdam dishes
Patat: A very common food in street stalls in Amsterdam (as well as in Brussels) are French fries, which are usually served in a paper cone with lots of mayonnaise or other sauces.
Maatjes haring: Raw herrings are sold as a snack at street stalls in Amsterdam. They are usually accompanied by onions or pickles and should be eaten whole, always holding the tail.
Kaas: Dutch cheeses (in Dutch kaas) are very popular and there are some very good ones, like Gouda and Edam.
Bitterballen: Bitterballen are deep fried meatballs accompanied by mustard that are usually served as snacks in bars.
Hutspot: Hutspot is a very suitable dish for the cold Amsterdam winters. It is a meat stew with mashed potatoes and carrots.
Erwtensoep: Erwtensoep is the practically unpronounceable name for the consistent Dutch pea soup.
a lot of fast food
In Amsterdam, there are many options for those who don’t like to waste time eating quietly in restaurants: from typical kebabs or fast food chains such as Mc Donalds, Burger King and KFC, to an oriental food chain called Wok to Walk .
The best known fast food establishments in Amsterdam are the famous FEBO, which have dozens of dispensing machines in which you can find hot dogs, croquettes, hamburgers and a long etc. at any time of day.
Amsterdam’s drink is beer, a culture for the Dutch.
One of the best known Dutch beers is Pils, a very foamy white. The best known brands of Pils are Heineken and Grolsch. Another good beer is Witbier, with a lighter and cloudy appearance, which is usually served with a slice of lemon. For those who prefer a sweeter dark beer, the best option is Bokbier.
Where to go and What to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The city is evolved, has a lot of freedom, and that’s exactly why it attracts young tourists from all over the world, and many simply don’t want to leave. The arts are a strong point, as in addition to the Van Gogh Museum, there are other interesting museums such as the Rijks, the Rembrandt House and the Stedelijk, as well as museums dedicated to sex and legal drugs, items that are well resolved in political and social terms in the country .
Amsterdam also offers a lively nightlife, starting with the famous Red Light District, one of the oldest areas of the city, with 14th century buildings. It is there that the center of prostitution, a regulated profession in the country, operates. Going beyond the “red light”, the center gets busy when night falls, especially the Joordan district, which concentrates a good part of the entertainment.
To get around, the most used transport is the bicycle, available at various rental points, in addition to the electric tram, which is very efficient on site, with a ticket that is valid for 24 hours. The subway line doesn’t cover the whole city yet, and it’s also not the most suitable for getting to know the main tourist attractions.
Museu do Van Gogh
Passeio pelos canais
Casa de Anne Frank
Fábrica da Heineken
Albert Cuyp Market
Red Light District
Banco de “A culpa é das estrelas”
Amsterdam canal boat trip
Tour through the streets and neighborhoods of Amsterdam
Visit to the Amsterdam Icebar
Entrance to Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Cruise
Walking tour of Amsterdam to discover the story of Anne Frank
Visit to the Keukenhof
Excursion to the Zaanse Schans Mills
Tour around Volendam, Marken and windmills
Visit to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague
Guided tour of the port of Rotterdam
Visit Heineken Brewery
Places we visit:
Van Gogh Museum
Red Light Secrets
Royal Palace Amsterdam
Basilica of Saint Nicholas, Amsterdam
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