• Tim


Amsterdam is a fascinating city to visit, and renting a bicycle is the best way to go or just tour around on the trams. It's a magical place especially around Christmastime, full of restaurants, bars, museums and waterways.

Look for the Van Gogh museum, the Hermitage, Rijksmuseum, and, of course, the Anne Frank House. Ride a horse drawn carriage from Dam Square, take a canal boat ride, eat herring, fill up on cheese, and enjoy a day out at the Royal palace. Buy an I Amsterdam city card and wander the streets for days. Check out Rembrandt square, the nightlife is an adventure in itself. Make sure you visit the Heineken museum and the city's famous flower market. My favourite restaurant is Moeders at Rozengracht 251 where you can enjoy typical Dutch cuisine, but no doubt you'll find your own favourite.

Famous for its liberal attitudes, the Netherlands allows soft drugs such as marijuana and places to smoke called smoke cafes. These cafes have a selection of herbs which allows the users to smoke in safety and get high. Prostitution is also legal, and you’ll find “ladies of the night” available sat on stools in windows along the canals in the red light district. Just because Amsterdam is liberal and allows soft drugs does not mean it is not tough on others. Any use of heroin, or other hard drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines will land the user or possessor in jail immediately.

Enjoy the Vondelpark for a picnic, or, when winter arrives, go ice skating on the canals. There’s a Friday night ice skating session which ends at the pub. The Bloemenmarkt is Amsterdam’s world famous flower market but there are three others to see as well if you’re a serious shopper. Dappermarkt, Albert Cuypmarkt and Noordermarkt.

For the younger generation who enjoy the raucous nightlife scene there’s a selection of nightclubs in the city. Panama, Jimmy Woo’s, Odeon, Bitterzoet and Church are five of the most popular. A progressive city, Amsterdam also has a lively music scene catering to every audiophile. Three days is about enough in this lively capital, but there are plenty of places just outside the city as well to enjoy. After you’ve been once you’ll find yourself drawn back again and again.

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