The exciting capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is famous for its rich artistic and cultural heritage, its abundance of canals, its lively red light district, and its coffee shops. Old 17th-century buildings line the bustling streets and life in this sprawling city is a blend of historic tales and urbane ideologies.
A popular tourist destination, there are plenty of reasons to visit Amsterdam. Is it on your bucket list?!
The Land of Festivities
Amsterdam is a cool place for lovers of fun festivals. The city hosts more than 300 diverse festivals each and every year! There’s almost always something fun going on! During your visit you will probably notice that some sort of festival or celebration is organised almost every weekend! As would probably be expected, the bulk of the festivals take place over the warmer summer months. The abundance of lively celebrations is a major reason to add Amsterdam to your travel list. From food festivals to cultural parades and carnivals, you can enjoy whatever your soul craves.
The atmosphere of the city is cosy and comfy, thanks to its quaint narrow houses, canal systems, beautiful bridges, and artistic sculptures. It feels a lot more laid-back than other capital cities around the world. Amsterdam’s scenic beauty is a real treat for visitors. In the winter months, when a blanket of snow covers the city, it is transformed into a pristine natural wintery masterpiece.
World-Class and Unusual Museums
If you are a lover of history and culture, Amsterdam will pleasantly surprise you with a string of world-class museums. Visit the Rijksmuseum to see interesting Dutch treasures and art, as well as artefacts from when Amsterdam was one of the richest cities in the world. The Van Gogh Museum is a must-visit if you love paintings and art.
Anne Frank House is usually high on the list of things to do for people visiting Amsterdam. See where the famous diarist lived and wrote during wartime, and feel a greater connection with the ill-fated young girl.
Beer-lovers should check out the Heineken Experience, where you will learn more about how one of the world’s favourite beers is brewed. One of the city’s most unique museums, the risqué Erotic Museum is definitely sure to raise an eyebrow or two.
Other top museums in Amsterdam include the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Amsterdam Museum, the Museum of Bags and Purses, the National Maritime Museum, the Diamond Museum, and Tropenmuseum.
Shopaholics will not be disappointed by Amsterdam’s offerings. You can go street shopping all day long, and the flea markets, department stores, chic boutiques, and art shops make it a shopper’s paradise. The floating flower market here is another highlight, even if you don’t plan on buying a single bloom.
Tasty Dutch Cuisine
If you travel for the love of trying different cuisines, Amsterdam is sure to make you smile. The café culture is popular, and you’ll never be too far away from somewhere to grab a drink and a bite to eat (and maybe even have a smoke too!). There’s no shortage of great restaurants around the city too. You might even notice the strong Indonesian influence on the local culinary scene.
Some top dishes to try in Amsterdam include the deep-fried meatballs of bitterballen, fries, raw herring, the sweet and delicious stroopwafel, hearty stamppot, ontbijtkoek (ginger cake), cheese, liquorice, and snert (similar to pea soup).
There really are so many great reasons to visit Amsterdam!