Amsterdam is the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. Visit this beautiful city and enjoy museums, canals, amazing neighborhoods and a really exciting nightlife! Check out these main attractions you must visit if you are ever in Amsterdam. Here’s my top 5 reasons to book a flight to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is home to many famous and intriguing museums. Some famous ones include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. But you don’t only have to be limited to those three; Amsterdam has more than fifty museums that attract millions of visitors and tourists each year!
2. Cafes and Bars
Drink like the Dutch do! You should check out some local cafes or bars and mingle with the locals. Most cafes open in the morning and do not close until three in the morning. Twee Zwaantjes and Wynand Fockink are old-school cafes that will guarantee you have a great time.
3. Visit the home of Anne Frank
Mostly everyone has learned about the tragic history of the Jewish community from their history text books. But in Amsterdam, you can see for yourself where Anne Frank lived and wrote her diaries while hiding for two years during World War II. A bookcase marks the entrance to the unfurnished rooms in which her family lived. There is an exhibition all about the persecution of the Jews during the War.
4. Check out Vondelpark
The perfect place for a picnic, Vondelpark is the largest green space in Amsterdam. The park is named after the poet Joost van den Vondel. In the summertime, the park fills up with people who gather to smoke, drink, and eat. The park contains sculptures inlcuding one by Picasso! From June to September the park is home to music, dance, and activities for children.
5. Visit the Red Light District
This part of Amsterdam has cultivated a notorious reputation on the international stage. Located in a rough triangle formed by the Central Station, it is the oldest part of the city. Along its streets you will find sex shops, the multi-cultural community of prostitutes, junkies, clerics, carpenters and cops freely intermingle, exhibiting a strange kind of social cosiness. As a tourist, of course, you’ll be a mere observer.