Walking down Amsterdam’s streets
It’s time to write about Amsterdam and to give you, dear reader, ideas where to go, what to see and what to eat in this place that amazes millions of tourists every year.
So, beautiful Amsterdam, here we come!
Amsterdam is easily reachable by train from every big city in the Netherlands – the Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. Especially Utrecht is really close by (only 30 min. by train!!!). So, if you plan to visit Amsterdam and you think the accommodations there are way too expensive, just check the above mentioned Dutch cities. That could be a go for a cheaper city trip.
First stop, Amsterdam Central Station. The Central Station is located in 5 min. walk from the Dam – the central square of the Dutch capital. There are many possibilities of ”city tours” but I’ll give you the tips for the ”basic” and the ”special” ones. My version of Amsterdam visit is for those who decide not to stay in Amsterdam, and that’s the reason why my departure and arrival point is Amsterdam Central Station.
Basic route (one day visit): from the Central Station, you take the tram №5 (the tram literally crosses the entire city and you can just sit, relax and admire the view. Once arrived at Amsterdam Zuid, you can come back by taking the same tram to Amsterdam Central with a better plan of your highlights to see!) and go to Museumplein. This is the place where are located all the Amsterdam museums – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Diamond factory. The Rijksmuseum is an absolute must-see, but be prepared, it’s massive and you’ll need an entire day. My favorite is Van Gogh museum – it’s amazing and it’s doable in two hours. Leave a room to go to the Diamond factory (for free) and learn the history and the production process of diamonds. Apart from being a meeting point for everyone interested in art, Museumplein is famous for its huge ”I Amsterdam” sign where all the tourists take selfie pictures ):
Once visited Museumplein, you can take the road back to the Central Station. On the way, you’ll see the Flowers market. Take your time and buy presents for your family and friends. You’ll see many cheese shops, coffee shops and souvenir shops on your way.
After the Flowers market, it’s time for a boat trip. This is a very very very touristic attraction, but it’s the only way to admire the unique architecture of the city. You’ll need at least one hour. The boat tours meeting point is at the Dam square, not far away from the Central station. On the same street, you’ll see the Heineken Experience, the Sex Museum, and Madame Tussauds. Give them a try if you have time.
After the boat trip, it’s time for the Red Light District and coffee shops (coffee shops are optional depending on your preferences). From the boat trip meeting point, you take one of the bridges and you’ll arrive at the Red Light District. It’s packed with tourists, coffee shops and thematically related museums (Prostitution museum for example).
After the Red Light District, it’s time to go back to the Amsterdam Central Station (if you do not stay in Amsterdam).
The second version can include some of the highlights of the ”Basic” in case you have enough time.
Nine streets Amsterdam Walking tour (one day):
One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is to walk around through the bridges and the canals to admire the architecture and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the city. The best way to do it and to escape the crowds is: walk through the Nine Streets – it’s a collective name for the cozy streets from Raadhuisstraat to Leidsegracht. Many little cafes, restaurants and design stores will welcome you if you need a break or want to buy a special gift. Nine streets maps are available in many key places around the city.
Apart from the mentioned above attractions, you can also visit Zaanse Schans (organized trips are offered in the Tourist Information Centers), you can also go there by public transport, just check the busses (https://9292.nl/en). Nemo Science Museum is also something to check out. If you plan to visit Amsterdam from November until February, don’t miss out the Amsterdam Light Festival. If you love chocolate, check the Chocoa Festival in February. If you’ve never ever seen wallabies, lamas, and other unusual animals, just go to Amstelpark (it’s for free).
Hope you enjoyed your visit to Amsterdam and now you buy a ticket to see it for free!
Thanks for reading!