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Explore Unforgettable Amsterdam And Beautiful Zaanse Schans

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I have travelled to so many wonderful cities across the globe, but Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities and has a special place in my heart. Over the years, I have visited this city so many times that now, I have certainly lost the count (not to forget, I’m terrible at math). I have spent countless hours walking in this city, making friends with locals, and understanding this city better, from the grass-root level.

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Enjoy an exotic holiday in Amsterdam offering you the chance to explore Europe’s finest cities

Best Things To Do In Amsterdam

There are several things in this city, which made my each visit memorable, a couple of them being the mystic Canals, the archaic homes, the super friendly as well as homely environment created by Dutch, the glorious museums, beautiful parks and most importantly the quality of life. This city has it all, it is a perfect blend of culture, café, art and not to forget, some amazing beer bars. I come from a country, where love is the essence of life and this city is no less, it is a home away from home, as it is one of the cultural capitals of the World.

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Amsterdam will definitely take your breath away in one look

Well, no matter what I say, I don’t think I will ever be able to express my emotions for this city via words. So, I will quickly walk you through the must-see places, which you can visit during your stay in Amsterdam.

1. Go On A Walking Tour

Free walking tours are one of the best things to do to kick-off your visit to a city that will not only orient yourself to the city, but also give you a general historical overview of the city and its landmarks. By walking around the city, you will learn quite a lot about the rich culture and history of this city and also, you will get to know about the major sites to visit. While walking around you can explore all those winding canals.

2. Take A Bike Tour

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Bike ride in Amsterdam is a MUST!

Bikes are the most integral part of Amsterdam, I would rather say they are synonymous to each other. The city loves bikes, and there are supposedly more bikes than people in Amsterdam. If you are a car person, then you will certainly get to know how to ride a bike after your visit to Amsterdam. It`s the bikes that will run you over in this city. Seeing Amsterdam and its surroundings on a bike is something I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend others as well.

3. Enjoy The Canal Cruise

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Amsterdam promises to captivate you with its fragrant blooms and quaint bridges over meandering canals

Amsterdam is a city tied to the water, it will be not be wrong to call this city water baby or for that matter, the city of canals, as it grew around its canals and the taming of the Amstel River. The canals of Amsterdam are incredibly beautiful, and there’s nothing more ecstatic than glancing at the city from a boat. You can either take a big canal boat tour or a personal boat ride to have more personalized experience.

Note: iAmsterdam card comes with a free canal ride.

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7 Top Sightseeing, Attractions & Things To Do In Amsterdam

4. Explore The Red Light District

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Nothing is more thrilling than experiencing the Red Light district in Amsterdam

This is located walking distance from the central station. Though much tamer than in previous years, the Red-Light District manages to balance sex and seediness with being a major tourist attraction. During the day, it’s a quiet and peaceful place. If it wasn’t for the red lights and sex signs everywhere, it would resemble any other general part of the city. Nonetheless, at night, this area gets crowded with drunk, gawking tourists moving slowly down the street as they stare at the girls in the window while bar and café hopping. You can find potential customers negotiate with the women. While it`s is fine to watch the girls all you like, but highly recommended not to take any photos.

5. Discover The Anne Frank House

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A visit to the Anne Frank Museum is a MUST!

The Anne Frank House is the residence, now turned into museum, of one of Amsterdam’s most well known former residents, Anne Frank. During world war II, she lived in the same house hiding with her family for over two years. The place has a lot of exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war. This place is very popular among tourists and gets excessively crowded. You can really appreciate this place if you have some background of history related to Ann Frank and you are curious to know about her after reading “Diary of a Young Girl”. You can book tickets online, two months in advance, which lets you skip the line. Otherwise you can also reach there very early in the morning as it gets very crowded as the day advances.

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6. Visit The Jordaan Area

This heavily residential area, is just like an old working class neigbourhood turning hip, it is probably the part that is generally not on your list. Although it’s quite close by to the city center, hardly any tourists enter this maze of restaurants, cafes, and shops. It’s peaceful and a great place to wander while avoiding the mass of hustle-bustle of crazy crowded main streets just a few blocks away. If you love good food, music and window shopping, then it is a must visit place for you.

7. Explore The Tulip Museum

Located in a room inside a tulip shop, this little basement museum does a wonderful job of telling the history of tulips in Holland and the infamous tulip craze in Europe. It’s one of the best out of the box tourist attractions in Netherlands. It is a place with that holds some intricate part of history sans the crazy crowd and it has some special discounts for students.

8. Visit The Amsterdam History Museum

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Art fills up the walls of Amsterdam

This big museum features prolonged history of Amsterdam and requires quite a few hours to really go through it in detail. The museum is full of interesting displays paintings, artifacts, old maps and audiovisual displays. I am not much a museum-person myself, but would still recommend to visit this for a while when you are in Amsterdam.

Tip: You can take an iAmsterdam card, which will give you free access to museums, unlimited public transport on the trams, buses and metro, & a free canal cruise.

9. Discover Zaanse Schans

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Zaanse Schan is a unique place on its own

Last, but not the least, you must visit Zaanse Schan, one of the best kept secrets, having a unique piece of Dutch history on the river Zaan. Zaanse, a Dutch town, popular for its 18th century windmills, that are functional until now, humongous wooden shoes (Clogs), that you can also make here.

Apart from this, in Zaanse you can enjoy some mouthwatering chocolate and learn cheese making, barrel making, as well as clock carving. An abode of mesmerizing tulips (Tulips are seasonal). A day trip is highly recommended, when visiting Zaanse, but don’t forget to take a guide along! This area beautifully depicts the Dutch culture.

If you are tired and hungry, after a lot of walking around, you can visit the bakeries in the vicinity, that serve amazing confectionery. Summer is the best time to take a bicycle ride from Amsterdam to Zaanse. When I visited this place, there were oodles of Pumpkins.  Well, these Pumpkins clearly indicate that, Halloween is coming.

Travel Tips For Your Amsterdam Trip

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The Flower Market’s springtime blooms, making it a delightful experience

  • Similar to many European cities, getting an iAmsterdam card will give you free public transportation, free access to popular museums, and a free canal cruise.
  • Amsterdam Central Station is the biggest public transport transfer spot and the real heart of the city, thus there are a lot of advantages of staying close to it. Not only will it be easier for your travel to-and-from airport by train, but also catch busses to all your destinations in and around Amsterdam. (It’s just a 15-minute train ride from the Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam’s Central Station).
  • Staying close to the Central Station will save you a lot of time, money and hassle.

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Author – BeesinSuitcase

Eebha, she is a dreamer, animal-lover & foodie. After quitting her hectic media job in 2014, she is living with her partner Nav and a packed suitcase. “Bees in Suitcase” is their logbook of day-to-day affairs and travel experiences. They both bonded over their love for travelling, sipping tea and watching TV-Series and continue to add spice into their relationship, through them. Follow our colorful journey across the world in Instagram @beesinsuitcase

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