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  • Writer's pictureLaura Avital

Amsterdam... Venice of the North

Have you been to Amsterdam? As a long-time travel advisor, I was always aware that Amsterdam was a city to go to. I hadn’t gone and a few years ago I had the opportunity to visit this amazing city for just a couple of days.

What a fabulous place! I was blown away by the beauty of Amsterdam and I can’t wait to go back.

With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, it's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit.

These top 5 things to do in Amsterdam can help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation:

Take a historical canal ride. The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired. Since there are hundreds of canals throughout the nation that were created just for travel, there is no reason not to give this popular attraction a try. During your gentle water ride, you'll get to view some of the country's most detailed architecture and most beautiful landscapes.

Take a walk through the wildflowers. (In other words... tiptoe through the tulips)

Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park. (and if you really want to see the tulips in bloom – plan a river cruise in March or April!)

Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums. Check out paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history at the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.

Pro tip: Tickets for Anne Frank House must be purchased in advance. You can buy them online 2 months before your planned visit.

Walk through De Wallen, the nation's red-light district. Although it's famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city.

Try out one of the district's fine restaurants, small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights.

For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you can rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country.

Last but not least, you mustn't leave the country without trying some of its authentic Dutch cuisines or experiencing one of its cannabis coffeehouses.

People travel all over the world

to Amsterdam to encounter these coffee shops in person. In Amsterdam, marijuana is simply a way to unwind, and these coffeehouses are some of the most reputable and reliable sources to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a puff of smoke as you dine. If that’s not your style (or even if it is), Dutch pancakes are a real treat and not just for breakfast!

Pro tip: The most famous place is the Pancake Bakery – but make sure to plan to wait on line awhile.


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