Amsterdam, the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is one of the smallest capitals of Europe, a perfect city for a light tour. It has an old fashioned architecture but considered as a young city. You should see as much as possible of the capital: from the wonders of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century to the modern Dutch life. So, here are the best things to do and places to visit while you are in Amsterdam.
Dam Square is the main square of the city and the place where you can experience the fun that Amsterdam offers during the day. The square is full street artists, exhibitions, and rides entertain tourists and locals. It is Spacious and full of beautiful buildings, not to mention the formidable shops that sell all kinds of things: meat, fish, cheese, chocolate, fruits and vegetables.
Boat Trip on the Canal:
Join the trip on the canal with those companies that offer you trips with explanations along the way. They have almost all of the radio headphones with choice of language and are possible during the day and evening. You will be able to see the city from the river which makes it seems different and more attractive. It would be better then if you start your tour of the city with the boat trip, to get a general idea of the places to be reviewed more carefully.
The tickets’ prices vary depending on the duration and the type of the cruise. It can be from $15 to $30 per person.
The House of Anne Frank:
In the center of Amsterdam, in the Jordaan district, it’s one of the city’s most famous house; the house of Anne Frank. She is a young German author of a famous diary. Discovering the house with its architecture and souvenirs is an ultimate pleasure.
Tickets Price: For Adults: $10
Age from 10 to 17: $5.5
From November 1 till March 31:
Daily from 9:00 to 19:00
Saturdays from 9:00 to 21:00
From April 1 till October 31:
Daily from 9:00 to 21:00
Saturdays from 9:00 to 22:00
In July and August the museum is daily open till 22:00
Last Admittance of visitors is thirty minutes before closing.
Tour In the northern countryside of Amsterdam:
You should not miss the visit of windmills, a wooden shoes factory, cheese factory and the village of Volendam.
The tour takes you to the northern countryside of Amsterdam, on the bank of the river Zaan, where you will visit a village full of windmills and wooden houses with traditional aspect. Then, you will be able to visit a wooden shoe factory and buy a special souvenir such as the famous Dutch wooden shoes. Through this typical Dutch scenery, the visit continues to the astonishing town of Edam where you will walk and visit the village of Volendam, a traditional fishing village. Then, you will visit a cheese factory as one of the most exported merchandise from Holland is the cheese. You should absolutely taste the different kinds of cheese flavors they have, as it is famous worldwide and known by its specific and lovely taste.
From 20 March to 25 October:
Price: Adults: $50, Kids: $25
You can as well rent a bike, as locals do, and discover the beauty of the city while cycling. Amsterdam is very popular for its high dependency on bicycles, that there are huge parking areas just for that.
Bike rental agencies are spread all over the city, so it won’t be hard for you to rent one.
The renting price is approximately $10 for 3 hours including the insurance.
The Rijksmuseum or the National Museum literally, is the most important museum of the city and the country. The museum includes many sections in which varied works and pieces are exhibited. Located in the Trippenhuis, which is a building of the seventeenth century. It has a unique and particular facade decorated with symbols depicting the artistic history of the Netherlands.
The ticket price for adults is $19
From 9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year
Inside the museum is also a library, a reading room, a press room, a restaurant and classic souvenir shops of the museum. The gardens, café, and shops are accessed by visitors without tickets daily from 9:00 to 18:00
Van Gogh Museum:
The museum dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh from 1973 deserves special attention. The painter has contributed to the history of art itself, which is why visiting a facility in his honor is very important. Every year thousands of tourists head to the city not only to spend pleasant time in the town and its attractions, but especially also to visit the Van Gogh Museum.
Tickets Price is $15 for adults
Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 to 17:00
Visiting hours Fridays are from 9:00 to 22:00
It is considered as the most important modern art museum of Holland. The Stedelijk Museum also called the “open space museum” of Amsterdam, next to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, is the most important museum of modern art in the country. The exhibition space accommodates both the classics of modern art such as Picasso, Chagall, Mondrian, as well as the latest trends, like the minimalist installations and industrial design.
The ticket price for adults is $15
From Friday to Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
Amsterdam is also famous by its cheese, Flower Market, and especially being surrounded by water. These are the reasons why this city attracts a huge number of tourists, as it’s a city that satisfies all kinds of tastes.