Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a magical city. After your flight lands, you'll feel like you've somehow stepped back in time a few centuries. Canal barges and narrowboats float peacefully along the 165 waterways that lace the city. Romantic and charming bridges are everywhere — more than 1,200 bridges adorn Amsterdam!
You'll adore the atmosphere in Amsterdam. It is a small city compared to places like London and New York, so you'll get to experience the true flavor of the place without getting lost in a huge crowd. Plus, most of the locals speak English, so you won't have to constantly flip through your Dutch phrasebook.
When should you visit Amsterdam? Summer is tourist season, so prices are generally higher then. Try planning your trip for spring or fall, when the weather is often mild and you'll have the opportunity to experience the local, laid-back vibe of the city. The best deals on hotels in the Netherlands usually happen in the winter, but temperatures hover between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so bring your jacket!
How can you make the most of your time in Amsterdam? Use the following tips to plan a trip that will stay in your memory forever it from demolition, and today it stands as a striking reminder of the courage and fortitude that helped Anne Frank and others like her to endure.
Like art? You cannot miss the Van Gogh Museum, one of the most popular museums in the world. Every year, more than one and a half million people visit it to see the exquisite collection. Look at hundreds of works by Vincent Van Gogh, including paintings, drawings, and letters. You can also gaze upon art by some of the famous artist's contemporaries to get a well-rounded feel for the artistic culture of the time.
If you're a fan of beer, you'll appreciate the interactive Heineken Experience that takes place where the company brewed its famous drink for more than a century. The tour includes a few beers and some fascinating information about Heineken's story.
With more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments and dating from the 16th to the 20th century, Amsterdam boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe, Shannon McAllister, an Amsterdam travel expert, points out. Indeed, it would take several vacations to see all the historic and cultural riches of Amsterdam.
When it's time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, Vondelpark, the largest park in the city, is the perfect place to take a walk or a jog. In summer, the park hosts concerts, and you can grab a bite at a lovely terrace restaurant. The park is more than a century old and boasts plane trees, chestnut trees, and birch trees. You can also see a 3-meter statue of the Dutch poet Vondel.