Amsterdam trip: What to do in Amsterdam?
Your travel begins when you buy tickets and book accommodation. And then you’re waiting for the day X. But what is it? Your journey starts in several days, and you have only a vague idea what to do in the city of your dream!
Don’t worry, here I prepared several tips, what to do in Amsterdam, what to see and where to go 🙂
How we got known Amsterdam
In this April we went to Amsterdam for the second time. Since 2014 I couldn’t release myself from thoughts about this city. So when my husband asked me: where would you like to go on Eastern? I already had an answer – let’s go to Amsterdam!
Our first staying in 2014 was barely two days, but it was enough for us to fall in love with the city. But before that I encountered with disgust to the city.
Frankly speaking, when we entered the city and stepped out of Amsterdam Centraal, I thought: “Oh my gosh, WHAT’S THE CHAOS ON EARTH????”
Bikes, bikes and one more time bikes, cars, trams, crowds of people, ringing bikes, signaling trams, beeping cars, loud speaking, and on top of that, pretty dirty (sometimes). After calm, quiet and clean Bremen I was SO shocked and annoyed! You may also experience it, so be careful 😉
In fact, everything was not so terrible. I adjusted very quickly to the atmosphere of the city, and put up with the thought I could be run over by a bike every minute 😀 Just kidding, you simply must be careful, use pedestrian paths and if you hear a bicycle’s ringing, turn your head back – it might be for you.
About trash on the streets I saw – it can be easily explained. There’re many tourists and not all of them are concerned about throwing their garbage in the bins. Of course, cleaning service takes care of it, but we, people, must also be mindful of the others and don’t throw anything right on the streets.
Things to do in Amsterdam
I won’t write about Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s museum, Van Gogh museum, etc.. If you’re going to Amsterdam, you already know about them 😀 . Visit them or nor – it’s up to you, of course. I would recommend you to enjoy the city, but if you have plenty of time and you’re bored of strolling through beautiful canals, visit them. Be prepared to long lines, and big amount of people inside – you’re not the only one, who wants to enjoy Rembrandt’s paintings 😉
- However, I’ll tell a couple of words about Rijksmuseum. The museum’s opening hours from 9 am to 7 pm. Entrance ticket costs 17.50 €, for kids and youth under 18 entry is free.
TIP: Go there early in the morning (as the museum opens at 9 am), or about 4 p.m before closing (at 5 pm).
- Visit Begijnhof – Béguinage of Amsterdam. Earlier there dwelled beguines: lay religious women who stayed in a community and didn’t take vows. Begijnhof’s open time – daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
TIP: Please, don’t make a lot of noise there, people are LIVING there.
- If you’re for the first time in Amsterdam, take a boat trip around the city! The most convenient way of getting acquaintance with Amsterdam 😉 The tour takes only one hour, during which you’ll learn interesting facts about Amsterdam and some of its historical features. Near Amsterdam Centraal there’re many tours, pick that one you like. We traveled with Lovers Canal Cruise (you’ll recognize them by long lines 😀 ). One ticket costed 16 € in April, a new tour every 10-15 minutes.
TIPS: 1) if you decided to take their boat tour as well, firstly you should buy tickets and only then go to the line. 2) if a boat is already loaded and workers ask someone from the line to take a seat there, you better wait for the next boat (especially if you’re a couple), ’cause probably you’ll seat not near windows and opposite to each other.
- If your visit in Amsterdam is during the spring, visit Keukenhof! Check out info about the garden in my previous post 😉
- Drop by Starbucks at Centraal Station. One of the most beautiful Starbucks we’ve ever seen!
- Visit Zaandam. It’s just a Holland village, don’t expect to see another Amsterdam. Zaandam is utterly good for shopping, and on top of that, there’s Primark 😀 (Don’t go there during weekends, everything is closed. I keep forgetting about it ;( ).Besides, there’s something to see: Zaandam has changed in recent years, so now you can see a New Town Hall and a hotel in “Zaanse Huisjes” style.
TIP: if you want to see windmills, there are some nearby! Go to “Zaanse Schans” – this’s very close to the village!
TIP for my Russian readers! If you didn’t know about Primark, you must visit it: relatively good clothes for incredibly low prices. Personally: I like buying there something for wearing it home 😉
- It’s a well-known fact, that soft drugs as marijuana is legal in the Netherlands. So if you’re into trying it out, visit one of the plenty of coffeeshops of the city. Pick the one you like!
IMPORTANT: before buying, check all of the options (coffee shops have different menus) and if you’re not sure which one is for you, ask a seller. You can always ask them about recommendations, how should you smoke, if you need 😉
TIP: you should have some cash with you ’cause some of the coffeeshops don’t accept cards.
BE CAREFUL: don’t buy any hemp on the streets, only IN coffeeshops
- Are you into movies? Visit EYE Film Museum!
- Take a look at Beurspassage. The passage is decorated with glass mosaic, which shows unique features of Amsterdam!
- The last, but not the least, my personal recommendation: take pleasure in being there! Stroll through Amsterdam’s streets and canals, visit all of the districts and enjoy the atmosphere 🙂
Wish you a GORGEOUS JOURNEY!