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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and one of the most famous cities in Europe. If you have the budget, visiting Amsterdam should be on the top of your travel wishlist.
This city receives more than 15 million day-visitors and over 8 million overnight visitors each year. The numbers speak for themselves — this is a unique city with unique things to offer. Tourists can stay in a houseboat, traverse one of its 1,281 bridges, or search for its amazing windmills.
Whether you’re shopping or exploring, Amsterdam has something for you. Check out the guide below to find out more about this fantastic city.
What to Do When Visiting Amsterdam
Thanks to the great public transportation systems throughout Europe, visiting Amsterdam is not difficult to do. There are many amazing things to see by foot, tram, train, bike, bus, or boat.
Visit the Museums
Amsterdam is famous for its high-quality museums. There are more than 140 of them. After all, Vincent Van Gogh is Dutch, and the city holds 207 of his original pieces.
Additionally, Rembrandt lived in Amsterdam for a time. There is a museum dedicated to the precise spot where he lived and worked, a canal house that still showcases his art.
There are some museums dedicated to the difficult and brave stories of the world wars. Visitors can even see the attic where Anne Frank hid with her family for over two years.
See the Royal Palace
Amsterdam was founded in Dam’s Square, which sits right beside the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), the official residence of King Willem-Alexander. On April 27th, King’s Day, the whole area is cramped by a huge, orange street party.
Try Dutch Dishes
More and more travelers are becoming self-proclaimed “foodies.” There are plenty of Dutch dishes that any foodie should add to their list.
There are sections of the city dedicated to delicious street food. These include Utrechtsestraat and Amstelveenseweg. Amsterdam is quite multicultural, so don’t be surprised if many of these dishes are influenced by cuisine from different countries.
For traditional Dutch dishes, check out the menu at Bistro Bij Ons, La Falote, or Van Dobben.
Use Public Transportation
The best part of Amsterdam is that there are excellent public transportation systems available. These include trains, trams, buses, bikes, and even boats.
Traveling by bike is a convenient and straightforward way to explore Amsterdam. The city offers publics bikes that are easy to rent. You can go at your own pace and choose when and where to stop.
Traveling by water is one of the most beautiful and unique ways to see the city. You can experience Europe on two wheels on an Amsterdam cruise with Celebrity Cruises.
More Travel Tips
Properly visiting Amsterdam requires more than a day. It’s a vibrant, large city with hundreds of years of history. There are more than 8,000 buildings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Exploring takes time, but it’s worth it.
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