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What You Should Know More About Amsterdam

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Do not trust the strangers blindly.

    ·         Make sure you are always alert and aware.

    ·         Do not go to secluded places alone in the night.

    ·         Make sure you have a map handy whenever you are traveling to a new destination.

    ·         Acquire enough information before making a travel to the new destination.

    ·         Do not drink more than you can handle.

    ·         Keep your passport safely.

    ·         Make sure you avoid traveling alone in the hidden trails.

    ·         If needed, hire a guide. Make sure that the guide hired by you is only from a registered agency.

    ·         Do not leave your important documents carefully.

    ·         Never leave your documents in the hotel room.

    ·         Enquire about the availability of the room safe.

    ·         Do not get involved in any type of fights with the locals here.

    ·         Make sure you follow the traffic rules of the country if you have rented a vehicle.

    ·         If you are traveling in a public transport, do ensure that you have negotiated the fare before traveling.

    ·         Never film or shoot in any public place without taking a legal permission.

    ·         Keep touts at bay.

    ·         Avoid consuming street food.

    ·         Do not be rude to any local or co travelers.

    ·         Make sure you conduct yourself in the best manner possible. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Amsterdam is 16 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam


    Amsterdam is one of the best tourist places in the whole of Europe. It is filled with impressive attractions and one of them is the Koninklijk Paleis. This structure is one of the three royal palaces in the Netherlands. You can reach the palace after travelling to the western end of Dam Square. This marvelous landmark used to be the city’s town hall, but was later transformed as a palace when Napoleon’s brother Louis was awarded the tag of King Louis I of Holland. The exterior section of the palace was designed by Jacob van Campen using sandstone in order to replicate the public building situated in Rome. However, the interior is a splendid example of Empire-style architecture from the early 1800s. At present, the palace is utilized by the Dutch Royal House for grand events. Visitors can explore this structure all throughout the year as it is open for the public.


    De Wallen


    De Wallen is known to be the infamous section of Amsterdam as it is a popular red-light district in the city. It is known to be a designated area granted for legalized prostitution. However, the surrounding region is quite appealing with the presence of canals and side streets which are high on architecture. You will be stunned to know that, around one hundred one-room apartments are possessed by sex workers in this area. The neighborhood is supposedly safe with a strong presence of police force. Visitors can tour this area without any hassle, but taking pictures is not allowed. You will surely be pleased with the look of the old historic buildings that also include the Gothic-style Oude Kerk (church). It is advised that, the tours in this area must be short-lived.


    Scheepvaartmuseum


    If you wish to check out the classic artifacts from Amsterdam’s nautical history, then do not miss to tour the Scheepvaart Museum. It is also known as the National Maritime Museum which used to be a naval storehouse that was built in 1656. Tourists can explore the 18 rooms which are dedicated to various exhibits and artifacts. One would be impressed to gather information regarding the Dutch domination of the seas through exhibits that include depictions of great sea battles along with the presence of 17th-century weapons. The carving collections in the museum also give visitors an in-depth look into the life of the sailors while they were battling the seas. Right outside the museum is a replica of an 18th century ship called as Amsterdam. One can access guided tours to this museum by paying a feasible amount.


    Vondelpark


    Vondelpark is located in the region of Oud Zuid. When it was opened in 1865, the name was Nieuwe Park. The Old South district of Amsterdam is quite fascinating as it also houses the Museum Square. The park acquired its name after the establishment of the statue of the Joost van den Vondel which was setup in 1867. The whole design of the statue was planned by Louis Royer. This natural setup acts as a classic gathering place for locals and tourists. People visit this park for relaxing and to ride bikes along the pathways. Apart from being a sightseeing location, Vondelpark helps you access tasty sandwiches and Dutch from the park’s horeca facilities.


    Anne Frank Huis


    This attraction is listed among Amsterdam’s most visited tourist places. The Anne Frank Huis is present along the Prinsengracht canal. The structure is known to be the hiding place for Anne Frank, her family along with four Jewish people during World War II. This landmark is viewed as a memorial since 1947, when a dairy was published by Anne’s father which Anne wrote while she was hiding in the house. In 1955, a plan to preserve the building was proposed as developers were aiming to demolish the structure. However, in 1960 the building was transformed into a museum. You can explore the rooms where Anne lived along with various exhibits which offer precise information about her life during the hiding.


    Van Gogh Museum


    Van Gogh Museum is located close to the northwestern side of the Museumplein.  This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of letters and artistic paintings. The building of the museum comprises four-stories which were designed by Gerrit Rietveld. You will find this landmark as one of the inspiring resorts in the whole of Amsterdam. A total of two hundred paintings are carefully managed in the second story of the museum. Visitors admire the artwork which offers a brighter side to Van Gogh’s evolving style. You will be surprised to know that, the museum also houses work by Van Gogh’s contemporaries such as Gaugin, Millet and Daubigny; these exhibits are available on the top floor. 

  • What you will like there?

    Bike Rides


    Out of the numerous activities available in the city, the best one is bike riding. You will be pleased to hire a bicycle and start your tour to explore various sections of this picturesque region. Every year thousands of tourists prefer this activity which helps them learn about the different shades of Amsterdam. The lovely trip to the canals is surely successful on bikes.


    Canal Cruise


    The water channels in Amsterdam mainly comprise of canals which run in different sections of the gorgeous city. Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal belt is visited by tourists from all parts of the world. This whole area appears magical during the night time as it is light up using fairy lights. You can access guided boat tours in order to absorb the hidden beauty of the city. One can even make the trip grand by customizing their boat tour with the addition of food and wine.


    Beer Tasting


    For beer lovers, Amsterdam is a perfect stop for tasting one of the finest Dutch made beverages. A trip to the Eastern Islands would allow you to visit an award winning microbrewery which also has a huge drinking terrace. This brewery offers a unique range of organic standard beers which are quite exclusive. Apart from this, you can also spot beer-serving resorts popular among travelers in various streets across Amsterdam.


    Parks & Gardens


    The graceful appearance of Amsterdam is majorly due to the green spaces which are spread out across the whole region. There are more than 30 parks in the city which are utilized as perfect tourist spots by the local public as well as tourists. The best aspect about these parks is that, they are situated at a distance from the urban sections in order to maintain a peaceful environment. Some of these complexes also house outdoor theatres which host live concerts and other entertaining performances which are liked by the native crowd. You must make a things-to-list on your trip to Amsterdam, which would help you remember touring these lovable parks. 

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  • When is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is a city where the residents are very warm towards tourists. The city can be visited anytime in the year. The month wise break up for visitation are:

    June to August- The summer season is on during these months and the temperature is always around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the ideal condition for visiting Amsterdam. The only con in visiting during this time is that one will find a lot of crowds wherever they go in the city.

    September to March- The winter season is on during these months and the Amsterdam winter is very harsh. The days are short and dark and it is so cold that one can freeze oneself. It is advisable that one should not visit Amsterdam during these months.

    April to May- These are the ideal months to be visiting Amsterdam as the temperature is on the rise, making the weather conditions bearable. The best thing about visiting Amsterdam during this time is, that one will get heavy discounts on everything, as tourism will be low.

  • How to reach Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is a very accessible city and there is more than one way to reach the city. Some of the ways of reaching Amsterdam are:

    • By Air- Being the capital of Netherlands, Amsterdam has its very own airport, Schiphol International Airport. It is amongst the busiest airport in the world and is 15 km away from the main city. One will have to book a cab to the city after landing at the airport.
    • By Train- The rail connectivity of Netherland is top notch. Amsterdam has a railway station named Amsterdam Central Station. This station is one of the important stops of not only domestic trains, but also of international trains. One can board several trains across Europe and reach Amsterdam.
    • By Road- The road connectivity if Amsterdam is excellent. One can hire a cab or drive themselves into the city through any of the routes which lead to Amsterdam.

  • What are the things to do in Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is a very beautiful place and it resonates the aura of romanticism. One can do a lot of things here and some of them are:

    • Sightseeing- Amsterdam has some outstanding monuments and museums in the city. The Anne Frank House is renowned all over the world. It was the place where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Germans for two years. The house is very inspiring and reflects on the difficulties they had to go through just because they were Jews. One can also visit the museums present in the city.
    • Gondola Ride- Coming to Amsterdam and not taking a gondola ride will make the trip incomplete. The ride is very romantic and one can explore the city through the canals of Amsterdam.
    • Food and Drink- The people of Amsterdam are arguably the biggest foodies on the planet. They just love their food and drinks. Even the local eating places of Amsterdam serve mouth-watering dishes. People here, keep having alcohol tasting sessions and one should definitely visit those.

  • What is the local food of Amsterdam? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Amsterdam is a city which is full of foodies. People of Amsterdam love their food and the local foods of Amsterdam are some of the best in the world. The local foods of Amsterdam are Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, thick Dutch fries, Raw herring, Stamppot, etc. Places where one can enjoy these lip-smacking dishes are:

    •    Haesje Claes
    • The Lobby
    • The Butcher
    •    Moeders
    •    Restaurant Hap-Hmm

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Amsterdam?

    Public Transportation becomes an important factor for every tourist as it is the sole mode of transport for them. Amsterdam has an amazing transport system. The trams of the city are its heritage and also the most convenient way to commute in the city. One can also board a bus to get to their destination. A canal cruise is a very famous and convenient mode of transport here and the added benefit of traveling by this medium is that one gets to explore the city as well. One can also book a cab for traveling within the city.

  • What is the local language in Amsterdam and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    In Amsterdam, English is known by everyone and is considered to be the primary language. Some other languages spoken here are Dutch and German. Dutch is the official language of Amsterdam and some common greetings in Dutch are:

    Hello - Hallo

    Thank you - Dank Je

    Good morning - Goedemorgen

    The price? - Prijs?

    How far? - Hoe Ver?

  • Which are the best shopping places in Amsterdam and what are they famous for?

    Amsterdam is a city full of innovation and creativity. It houses some great fashion designers and can be considered a fashion hub. It has all kind of shops from executive fashion stores to vintage stores, from extensive supermarkets to malls with big brands. Some of the best shopping places in Amsterdam are:

    • Dreamboat - this small store is famous for antique items and vintage dresses.
    • All kinds of things - this is a souvenir store that is quite famous here and has some very different and rare souvenirs that tourists would like to explore.
    • Smaak Amsterdam - this store is famous for Dutch handbags and accessories.
    • Dappermarkt - this is one of the busiest local markets present here that reflect the true Dutch culture present here.
    • Magna Plaza - this shopping plaza has everything from big brands to fast food joints.
    • Nine little streets - this street is full of great fashion designer shops and some budding ones. One should definitely take a walk on this street if they love shopping.

  • What are the famous historic monuments to visit in Amsterdam?

    Besides shopping and the local food, there are some really great historical monuments present in Amsterdam that attract tourists throughout the year. Some of the most famous ones are:

    •    National Monument
    • De Waag
    •    Homomonument
    • The Oude Church
    • Dam Square
    •    Portuguese Synagogue
    •    Museum Van Loon
    •    Royal Palace Amsterdam

  • How is the nightlife in Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is one of those cities which are more happening at night. One can find unlimited dance and music festivals at all times in this beautiful city. There are all kinds of clubs to suit everyone’s need. Some of the must-visit bars and clubs of Amsterdam are:

    • The Beer Temple
    •    Bourbon Street
    •    House of Bols
    •    Xtracold Icebar
    • Red Light Bar
    •    Jimmy woo

  • Which are the best places for a canal cruise in Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam has around 165 canals that were built years ago to carry out trade and to develop a more suitable mode of transport. This beautiful city seems more magical when it viewed from a boat. Taking a canal cruise is one of the best and most marvelous ways of exploring this city. Some of the best canal cruises of Amsterdam are:

    •       Evening Canal Cruise
    •       Amsterdam Burger Cruise
    •       City Canal Cruise

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