If you want to spend your vacation surrounded by beauty, then Amsterdam is definitely the place you should go to. This city is famous for the fact that it functions off the general rules. It’s the only place where you can go to the Red Light District or smoke some pot without getting busted by the police. At the same time, the place is full of clubs, bars, coffee shops, museums, shopping districts… Everything is there! So here are a few things that you can do on your first trip to Amsterdam.
- Visit the Museums
There are so many museums in Amsterdam that you will never run out of things to see. As a beginner, you may want to start with the Amsterdam Museum, the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Soldier and the Joods Historisch Museum. Each of those museums has some fascinating expositions that will leave you in awe – both on the inside and on the outside! Obviously, Amsterdam people went out of their way to create an amazing architecture for their places of culture.
- Explore the Canals
Amsterdam is encircled by no less than 165 canals. Each of them acts as a border for the main attractions, such as the Jordaan District, the Museum Quarter and the Pijpt. During the summer, you can watch the water flowing or rent a boat, and during the winter you can grab your skates and hop on – because they’re frozen solid! You’ll have a big crisscrossed skating ring that spreads all over Amsterdam. It just has to be cold enough! The most picturesque canal is the Prinsengracht, so you might want to start with that.
- Have a Picnic at Vondelpark
When you want to take a break, we recommend that you grab a food basket and go to the Vondelpark. We’re not saying that the food is not good in restaurants… it’s actually amazing. But wouldn’t it feel more amazing to eat surrounded by nature and the chirping of birds? It will be especially recharging if you have a second round of touring in the afternoon, and you can reach the place easily by foot.
- Visit the Red Light District
Regardless if you choose to have some kinky fun or not, the Red Light District is definitely a must-see if you go to Amsterdam. Considering that it’s one of the oldest parts of the city, the architecture there is beautiful – and you can definitely have some fun going through the shops selling kinky souvenirs. Be careful not to take picture of the windows, though; some people may get offended if you ‘accidentally’ catch something you shouldn’t.
To get to each of those districts, we recommend that you take a private Amsterdam airport taxi. There are many cheap ones going around, and while you may still take the bus, it will be faster with a transfer (since there will be no stops until you reach your destination). Plus, you may even get some extra tips from the driver about what to visit next.