The city of freedom; Amsterdam currently has a population of under 800,000, but nevertheless this small city sure knows how to have a good time. From shopping, to eating to sightseeing some of the world’s most famous attractions, there are so many things you can do to make your trip extraordinary. Here are SEVEN of those things you cannot go without doing on your memorable adventure to Amsterdam!
Visit the home of Anne Frank
The Anne Frank House is a museum located on a canal called the Prinsengracht in central Amsterdam. It charts the tragic time diarist Anne Frank and her family spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, in a building that became her home during WWII. The museum is open to visitors every day, and had a record-breaking 1.3 million visitors in 2016. Try to book your tickets online or in advance as they sell out very quickly!
Eat cheese (almost anywhere you go)
There is practically a cheese store on each corner of Amsterdam, and inside there are even complimentary samples of cheese, crackers and chutney to tickle your taste buds. If you wanted a more in depth experience of the Dutch Cheese then you can even Visit the Cheese Museum! There is also a Cheese Tasting Course you can take (Try this one: http://bit.ly/2j89L1m), or if you’re a wine lover there are Cheese and Wine cruises too! (http://bit.ly/2kwItC8) The Dutch really do love their cheese…
Take a Canal Cruise
There are over 165 canals in the capital city, and besides providing a picturesque backdrop to the historical city centre, cruising down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city's sights and attractions. Everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat. You can book canal cruises in both the day time and the night time for as little as €16: http://www.stromma.nl/en/
Eat waffles (Yum..)
Walking along the streets of Dam you are more than likely to pick up a sweet aroma which will almost always lead you to one thing: WAFFLES! There are limitless markets or cafes where you can enjoy fresh thick and fluffy waffles covered in fruit and nutella! Or if you like, you can try their stroopwafles – specifically Dutch, with two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of caramel; these appetizing delicacies are best enjoyed hot and gooey from a street market or bakery.
Take a stroll along the Red Light District
The Amsterdam Red Light District (known locally as De Wallen) doesn't leave a lot to the imagination. It may not be for everyone, and my advice is it’s probably best to visit in the day time, but if it’s your first time in Amsterdam it’s definitely worth a visit. There are two main museums where you can take in the history of the area called, “Red Light Secrets” and “Erotic Museum” which are very much worth visiting.
Go bar hopping and clubbing
Award-winning clubs such as Club ABE, Club Air and Escape can all be found in Rembrandtplein Square which has a variety of pubs, bars and clubs to suit everyones taste. Nightlife in Amsterdam can go on until as late (or should we say early) at 7am in the morning! For a less lively scene there are many cocktail bars such as SkyLounge which is also open in the daytime for food.
Rent a bicycle & ride everywhere
Amsterdam is a city of bikes (800,000 to be precise!) – And almost everyone owns one. It is virtually the best (and cheapest) way to travel around the city and truly witness its beauty. It’s safe, fun and invigorating and there is no better way to explore the Dutch streets. There are plenty of places to hire the bicycles, starting from as little as €9 for 24 hours. So hop on and join the locals! (Rent-a-Bike: http://www.rentabike.nl/)