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Amsterdam • Top 10 • City of Canals

The Dutch capital Amsterdam is a lovely experience with the many canals and sights within walking distance in the cozy city center. You experience the city at its best along and from the more than 100 kilometers/60 miles of canals that intersect the city; eg on a canal tour.

Amsterdam is a cozy city where it’s never far to the next attraction and another look through the canal streets. You will pass beautiful bridges, houseboats, churches, museums and nice cafes and shops in the charming center. You will quickly find out how well-preserved the city center is, and it is not least built on an economy that has created fortunes on trade with the whole world.

Holland is world-famous for its historical painters, and you can clearly see that in the capital’s museums, which exhibit one masterpieces after another. Start, for example, with the national museum Rijksmuseum with a large and wide collection. And the beauty of the eye can also be found in the city’s architecture and in Amsterdam’s impressive flower market.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Amsterdam even better…

Amsterdam canal

1. Count bridges on the canal tour
When you see Amsterdam from above, you see the city’s many concentric, semicircular canals. And you can sail around in them and thereby experience the beautiful city from the water level. It’s relaxing, and you get a good deal of Amsterdam’s history and highlights along the way. For example, you can count bridges if you need to do something other than sit back and enjoy the ride. Then you also see that the bridges are very different. The most famous and classic Amsterdam bridge is Magere Brug, and of course you also sail past it.

 

2. Find your favorite at Museumsplein
Dutch masters are famous artists who hang out in the world’s leading art museums. And of course you can also see their beautiful works in their home country Holland. You can also find many other artists and collections, but the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum around Museumsplein square are great places to start. As a building, the Rijksmuseum is in itself worth a visit, and when you come inside, experiences await with Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt and many others. You may well rejoice.

 

3. Buy Tulips in Your Color
If you want to make quick money, just invest in tulip bulbs. And remember to sell them at the right time. At least that was what happened in 1636-1637, when the tulip bubble raged. Prices exploded to suddenly fall again. This is not the case today, where you can simply enjoy the Flower Market’s beautiful stalls with the colorful tulips – or rather their bulbs. Choose your favorite color. If it exits as a tulip, you can get it here. That way, you also take some of the holiday home with you.

 

4. Take the tour around Jordaan
There are so many cozy neighborhoods in Amsterdam, and everywhere are the beautiful houses along the canals. Still, you can sense differences when you choose to walk around a single neighborhood and sniff the atmosphere. Try a tour of the former working-class district of Jordaan, which has become one of the city’s most exclusive places to stay. It is Amsterdam classic with beautiful buildings and city spaces, and in addition to that you get a good mix of art galleries, specialty shops and nice restaurants.

 

Amsterdam Westerkerk

5. Go find Calvin
Amsterdam is the city of canals with merchant’s houses along the water. And between them you see many beautiful churches that are worth the walk in themselves. So you can go exploring with the churches as a goal. Start with Amsterdam’s oldest building, the Oude Kerk, which dates back to the Middle Ages. When there is an Oude Kerk, of course there is also a Nieuwe Kerk, and you must pass it as well. Go on to the 17th century Westerkerk and Zuiderkerk before you might end up with Moses and Aaron Church, which is Catholic and stylistically completely different from the others.

 

6. Learn more about the colonies
Dutch merchants have sailed the world’s oceans and traded on the country’s colonies, which i.a. have been Indonesia, parts of India and Africa and many other places across the globe. The colonial era provided cultural knowledge, and the ships brought home both beautiful and exciting goods, which you can learn much more about at the Tropenmuseum. After the colonial era, the place has become a museum for the people and cultures of the world, and in the impressive central hall you get an overview of the world. And here begins your journey to new regions and traditions.

 

7. Grab a herring from the cart
There are many choices in the world of street kitchens. From sausage carts to Asian street food, and in the Netherlands, you should taste the local variety that provides a good shot of health. Herring with onions and pickles. It is a delicacy that you traditionally lift in the tail and eat bite by bite. Yes, and remember to dip it a little in the accessories along the way. And no, the herrings are not raw. They are processed on the fishing boats or ashore and again in the herring carts so that they are ready for serving. Good appetite.

 

8. Cheer at Ajax in Amsterdam Arena
Johan Cruyff and so many ​​other famous players have over time worn Ajax Amsterdam’s red and white jersey. They have entertained the world’s football-loving audience with seeworthy and aggressive football that has filled the club cupboard with trophies. If you have a few hours in Amsterdam, you can indulge the atmosphere at the Amsterdam Arena, where Ajax play their home games. You will have an experience with a wonderful atmosphere and hopefully a lot of goals and a home victory.

 

Amsterdam NDSM

9. Get to know NDSM
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, where tourists flock to the beautiful canal streets. To the north of the old town stands the city’s majestic central station, and only a few tourists take the trip further north to the NDSM neighborhood. You can sail here and experience how the former shipyard has been developed into one of the city’s most experimental districts. The rustic architecture, new works of art, exciting office buildings and festivals that are very different from the classic Amsterdam.

 

10. Get fresh air and fine windmills
When you think of Holland, there is a good chance that you also think of canals and windmills. And there is a good reason for that, which is clearly seen in most of the Netherlands. And then many of the Dutch cultural landscapes are picturesque. You can experience this for yourself in Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam, where eight mills line a strip of old houses and canals. It is beautiful, and by train to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans you are not many minutes to really get to the countryside.

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Experiences in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital Amsterdam is a lovely experience with the many canals and sights within walking distance in the cozy city center. You experience the city at its best along and from the more than 100 kilometers/60 miles of canals that intersect the city; eg on a canal tour.

Amsterdam is a cozy city where it’s never far to the next attraction and another look through the canal streets. You will pass beautiful bridges, houseboats, churches, museums and nice cafes and shops in the charming center. You will quickly find out how well-preserved the city center is, and it is not least built on an economy that has created fortunes on trade with the whole world.

Holland is world-famous for its historical painters, and you can clearly see that in the capital’s museums, which exhibit one masterpieces after another. Start, for example, with the national museum Rijksmuseum with a large and wide collection. And the beauty of the eye can also be found in the city’s architecture and in Amsterdam’s impressive flower market.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Amsterdam even better…

Travel guide Amsterdam: vamados.com/amsterdam

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