Amsterdam is an exciting city with endless possibilities for things to see and do. Whether you are visiting the city for a short break, or are only enjoying a quick stopover, there are certain attractions you should not miss. Here are a few tips on what to see and do to make the most out of your time here.
There are many museums in Amsterdam, but if you are short of time there are two you should definitely visit. The first is the museum of the famous Dutch, Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. The museum is home to the world´s largest collection of his works, and also arranges regular events, such as workshops for kids or photography exhibitions.
The second must see museum is the Anne Frank House. This famous home where Anne Frank and here family went into hiding is now a museum, open every day. It offers both tours and introductions to the story of Anne Frank. It is recommended to plan ahead when visiting both these attractions. Although booking tickets in advance reduces queuing time, be prepared that you may have a wait to get in. However, it will be worth it and you will not leave disappointed.
Vintage shopping in Waterlooplein
If you want a shopping experience outside the ordinary, you should stop by Amsterdam´s permanent market, Waterlooplein, known for its amazing collections of, art and second-hand goods. It is the perfect spot for finding quirky items at a good price. The market is located behind the City Hall and is open from Monday to Saturday.
Picnic in Vondelpark
After a day of exploring museums and shopping, it might be nice to relax with a good picnic. The best place to this in Vondelpark, the most popular green space in all of Amsterdam. It was once was the home of the city´s many hippies. Buy some fresh bread and Dutch cheese, you can just sit down and enjoy the nice surroundings. If you would like to be a bit more active, you can rent inline skates and get a good overview of the park.
An enjoyable and effective way to get around the city is by one of the many canal cruises. By taking the hop on, hop off cruise, you will be able to use the boat as much as you want throughout the whole day to visit the city’s attractions. In addition, you will also get to explore the fascinating canals and the city’s signature buildings and houseboats in the best way possible. These alone, are truly one of the most important highlights of the city.