Amsterdam – the city that is famously known for its canals, coffee shops and of course the Red Light District. It’s notorious for its legal smoking of marijuana and its endless amount of erotic shops, but as I found out a couple of weeks ago, there is so much more to the Dutch City than that.
Here I’ve made a list of the 10 reasons you need to visit Amsterdam.
From the detailed architecture on the buildings to the canals that flow through the city, Amsterdam really is a spectacular sight, and it’s worth visiting just to see how beautiful the city is.
The Red Light District
The Red Light District leaves nothing to the imagination, and I advise anyone who visits the city to go there.
Filled with erotic stores, coffee shops and museums there is plenty to do. It’s a real eye opener and definitely a place you must visit.
Bikes, buses and trams are the most popular modes of transport within the Dutch city. Throughout our time in Amsterdam we travelled using the tram, which was so easy to use and extremely cheap.
Of course trying Amsterdam’s famous Space Cakes, and visiting the coffee shops is a reason to go to the city. Although it’s not for everyone, visiting a coffee shop just to experience the cultural difference is worth it.
From canal boat trips to visiting Amsterdam’s Dungeons, there is so much to do in the city. I would definitely recommend checking out a museum as there are so many. We went to a famous brothel museum called Yab Yum, which was Amsterdam’s most exclusive and well-known brothel back in the 80’s. We had an in-depth tour of the place and it was surprisingly very interesting.
The Anne Frank Museum
The Anne Frank House is definitely a must see. The historic house has an exhibition of the wartime diarist, Anne Frank. Visitors get a tour of the house and are able to see quotations from the diary, historical documents, and photographs that belonged to those in hiding.
Amsterdam has such a wide range of restaurants and bars to eat in, and if you’re a food lover like myself, you will really appreciate the great places to eat. One of the things I do recommend trying are the desserts, which are amazing.
From boutiques to high-street stores, Amsterdam is great for shoppers. Since many of the roads in the centre are pedestrian only, it makes it pleasant for shopping. A lot of the shops are hidden away amongst the ‘Amsterdam corridors’ giving each shop its own charm and speciality.
The city is filled with bars and clubs, and in many of the club girls get free entry, so it was pretty good for my friends and I.
There are many organised pub crawls which a lot of tourists go on, and of course the coffee shops are really great too. The most famous one is The Bull Dog – Amsterdam’s first ever coffee shop, which has a really chilled out atmosphere, along with good music.
Find out more about Amsterdam here.