When in Amsterdam
- Free Walking Tours. They are great way to explore and learn about any city when traveling. I suggest doing one on your first day to help get you acquainted with your surroundings. Stay on the sidewalks, you may get run over by a bike. (Be sure to tip your tour guide!)
- The cheese museum. Free samples all day, everyday. Need I say more?
- Bike tour around the city. I must admit, after almost being run over, watching locals run red lights and daringly weave in and out of traffic, I was nervous and a bit intimidated to try myself. Biking is the main form of transportation in the city. A local women told me that they even ride to work when it snows! It seemed wrong to not give it a chance. Out of the three ways to explore the city, the bike tour was our favorite. Assuming you’ll survive, when in Amsterdam riding bikes is a must!
- Canal tour. See the city from a different perspective. Just choose one that serves booze and get there early to pick the best seats on the boat.
- Take pictures at the “I Amsterdam” sign by the Rijksmuseum. Very touristy but very necessary.
- Heineken Brewery/Museum. It actually turned out to be a better experience then we thought. Plus the beer tastes so much better then in America.
- Find a restaurant that serves traditional Dutch food. Try out Cafe Sonneveld!!
- Find a place to get a waffle with Nutella. There seems to be a shop on every street corner.
- Visit the Anne Frank House. Tip: Get there an hour or so before they open, the lines are unreal. It is absolutely worth the wait.
- Visit a museum. The Van Gough Museum and the Rijksmuseum are two of the more popular museums and they are in close proximity to one another. If you aren’t into art, I highly suggest you grab a bottle of wine and relax on the grass in front of the Van Gough Museum in Museumplein Park.
To the land where there’s more bikes then people, endless canals & bridges. Amsterdam, I’ve fallen in love with your beautiful, crazy city. You also have the best tasting cheese in the whole entire world. Until next time.