There is a lot to Amsterdam if you put a little bit of time scratching the surface. This city is not only the capital of the Netherlands, but also it’s capital of culture, art, and of course, nightlife.
It’s a shame, but let’s face it. Amsterdam is more of a city break destination than anything else. Most visitors only stay for a couple of days. So what should be on the check list of a city breaker who wants to see some of the iconic Amsterdam sights?
Anne Frank Museum
Every one knows about Anne Frank. Her story is the go to story used to teach children about the horrors of war. But most people do not realize that Anne Franks house is in Amsterdam. The tiny house is a great history of the story of her life, and is a must see place in Amsterdam. The museum is open every day and costs 9 euros for an adult.
Red Light District
Amsterdam is famous for its red light district. I had never seen anything like it before. The first time I visited, I was with a large group of friends exploring the entire area. The second time I visited, it was just me and another girl friend, and we found the whole experience a lot more uncomfortable. It’s definitely the place to go if you only want to be surrounded by other foreigners and lecherous men. Most native Amsterdam residents don’t go near it. But it is something worth checking out – but remember, you are not allowed to take pictures.
Van Gogh Museum
The icon of art in the Netherlands is the Rijkes Museum, but to be honest, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Unless you are really passionate about Netherlandish art (in particular Rembrandt), you might want to give it a miss. A great little museum for a more easy to digest art experience is the Van Gogh museum. The museum is open daily and costs 15 euros per adult.
Only some of you will want to partake in the coffee shops, but they are certainly a very unique Amsterdam experience worth a look. The difference between a coffee shop and a cafe is that the main item sold at the coffee shop is made from a leaf and not from a bean. But for those not wanting to partake in the smoking can still get a coffee or a drink and experience this unique Netherlands institution.
As you can see from the above list, Amsterdam is both extremely arty and extremely alternative. What happens when you combine those two elements? Amazing street art. Check out my photo essay of great Amsterdam street art for more photos.
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