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  1. Everyone in Amsterdam smokes weed
Smoke weed in Amsterdam

Although this seems like that due being decriminalized for personal use, smoking of marijuana and hashish, I can tell you that this is far from the truth. In case you did not know, the sale and buy of marijuana and hash is decriminalized in The Netherlands but still illegal. What does actually mean is that you are allowed to buy it from coffeeshops (not coffee houses – here are two different things) and smoke it. This law is in place since 1972 and because of it less and less people smokes. Although many tourists visit Amsterdam to smoke weed, not many locals do so. Dutch people are amongst the lowest users of cannabis from Europe and the chance someone high or stoned to mess with your Amsterdam visit is less likely.

So, NOT everyone in Amsterdam smokes weed.


  1. Prostitutes are everywhere in Amsterdam
Sex in Amsterdam
Red Light District in Amsterdam

With prostitution being legal and controlled in The Netherlands you might think you will see prostitutes everywhere. That is not true. Unless you go in Red Light District or in a sex club, the chances to see prostitutes on the street are 0. Sex workers wants discretion as much as their clients wants so. But if you are up trying something new to spice up your life, the sex worker from Amsterdam might offer you a unique experience.

So, unless you go look for them, prostitutes are NOT everywhere in Amsterdam.


  1. Dutch food is tasteless
Dutch food in Amsterdam
Dutch food in Amsterdam

For some cultures, Dutch food might seem blunt and tasteless. I mean, having fries with mayo or mashed potatoes with sausage is not the best food you can have but is still good. If you want something more than the traditional cheese, salads, haring and sausages, Amsterdam is full with restaurants with worldwide kitchens. You can have all kinds of Asian food, All-you-can-eat restaurants are pretty popular in Amsterdam and they serve delicious food. Or you can try some oriental food like Turkish or Egyptian which for sure is anything but tasteless. Lately, all over the city are pop-up stores with all kinds of heathy foods. You choice is unlimited.

So, although Dutch food might be tasteless for some people is NOT the only kind of food you find in Amsterdam.


  1. Dutch people are cold
Dutch people
Dutch people

Its well known that Dutch people are not amongst most friendly people from the world. But that is not totally true. Most of the people are super nice and friendly and always willing to help you out in need. The stigma around this statement that Dutch people are “cold” is because they are pretty straight forward and they are not ashamed to tell you what on their mind. But almost everyone speaks English and they might go out of their way to help you.

So, Dutch people are NOT cold

 


 

  1. The Amsterdam weather is shitty
Amsterdam weather

The weather in Amsterdam is not as sunny and warm as in other countries from the south but this does not mean you don’t get beautiful days. The rainy season is usually in the fall and a bit in the spring. The good part about Dutch weather is that there are not super cold days in the winter. Winters are soft and summers in the past years are hot. The rainy days can be easily avoided by checking the weather before coming to Amsterdam or having a rainy poncho always with you. Umbrellas are everywhere for sale, so even you do not bring your own from home, you can always buy on for around 10€.

So, the Amsterdam weather is NOT that shitty


  1. Everything is expensive
Amsterdam is expensive
Amsterdam is expensive

Now you must think everything is so expensive in Amsterdam. But comparing to what? Now comparing to London, actually Amsterdam is much cheaper but comparing with Asia, indeed prices are much higher. Indeed, if you come from a country where everything is much cheaper the prices here would seem to the sky but take in consideration it’s just a holiday and the beauty and the experience of the city is worth every cent. If you plan everything in advance you can save a lot of money and avoid many unnecessary costs.

So, NOT everything is expensive in Amsterdam


  1. In Amsterdam are too many bikes
Amsterdam bikes
Amsterdam bikes

Indeed, the main transportation way of the Dutch is cycling. In Amsterdam each road has a bicycle path where no pedestrians or cars can be on. That makes it easier for everyone keep their space. Its much easier to travel by bike in Amsterdam due its narrow streets and much traffic. In Amsterdam, centre many streets are car free and in about 10 to 15 years the Amsterdam government aims to make Amsterdam central area all car free. You can even rent a bike yourself to discover the city; it’s a nice thing to do.

So, in Amsterdam are indeed a lot of bikes but this will NOT interfere with your Amsterdam visit


  1. Taxis are a rip-off
Taxi Amsterdam
Taxi Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, taxis are well regulated by the state and is very hard to find an illegal taxi. That’s why all taxis your find is legal and they all have a meter on the board to calculate exactly the cost of your trip. In Amsterdam taxis might be more expensive than another European country but is because the cars used for taxy are luxurious limousines and very clean. You can even ride a Tesla taxi. How cool is that? If you still want to avoid taxis you can always use Uber. Uber is regulated as well so all drivers are vetted and registered by the city council.

So, taxis in Amsterdam are NOT a rip-off

 


  1. In Amsterdam you must tip
Tipping in Amsterdam

No, in Amsterdam tip is not required although always appreciated. The horeca employees are well paid and they don’t rely on tips. So, even you want to tip calculate around 10% of the total bill. But even if you don’t want to tip nobody will be angry at you how might happen in other countries. If you are on a budget in Amsterdam do not worry about tipping. Also, in most of the places you can pay by credit or debit card and usually you will be charged the actual bill price and not with extra tip.

So, in Amsterdam you do NOT have to tip

 

  1. Amsterdam is not a kid-friendly city
Kids-friendly activities in Amsterdam
Kids-friendly activities in Amsterdam

This is true and not in the same time. I mean, you can’t let your kid running around on the streets in Amsterdam center because like in any metropolitan city traffic is busy and you have extra bikes what you must be aware about. But you have many kid-friendly activities in Amsterdam too. Like, jumping and climbing parks, swimming pools, and you have nice parks not to far from the Amsterdam center.

Shops like Jamine is a kid paradise. They are all over the city and they all kinds of candy you can think of.

So, Amsterdam it is NOT a not kid-friendly city

10 Myths About Amsterdam Sabotaging Your Holiday

The Begijnhof – A Must See

This Amsterdam free tourist attraction is slightly different from the others. It is a collection of well maintained green lawns, open courtyards which sets a perfect and serene place to add in your must visit list. The city’s oldest preserved wooden house (year 1465) is also located inside the Begijnhof as well. This place is good to explore as only a few people are aware of this beautiful green place.

The Begijnhof, although centrally located in one of the busiest shopping areas on the Spui, offers an unexpected oasis of rest and tranquility. In 1346, a group of pious lay women came to Amsterdam to form a religious community. The Beguines, as they were called, built the 164 small houses here instead of living in a convent. The Beguines lived and worked as nuns, but had not taken vows. Rules were strict: be of a sober manner, dress and live simply, and receive no male company at night. The women engaged in charitable works and were not permitted to spend the night away from their Begijnhof home.

 

In 1578 during the Reformation their church was confiscated and turned over to the English Reformed (Presbyterian) Community in 1607. Public displays of Catholicism were forbidden, so the lay sisters worshiped in secrecy, meeting in different houses. Two adjoining houses were purchased and converted into a permanent hidden: place of worship in 1655. The unobtrusive structure opposite the English Church is still a Catholic Chapel. The Houten Huis, or the Wooden House at No. 34, is reputedly the oldest house in Amsterdam (1475).

The English Church at the southern end of the Begijnhof courtyard was originally dedicated in 1419, though it was reconstructed in a more elaborate style after the fires in 1421 and 1452. The Union Jack, Scottish Church and House of Orange flags are displayed here. The Pilgrim Fathers Society presented the American flag and the stained-glass window over the choir exit.

After visiting this beautiful and calm place you are in the best spot to go shopping. Check here where you can buy for yourself something nice and to surprise your loved ones with a nice souvenir from Amsterdam

How to visit Amsterdam in covid-19 pandemic

Can I travel to Amsterdam during covid? You might wonder if it’s a smart idea to still bring your long-time plan to life: the one to visit Amsterdam. Taken in consideration what happen in the past year you might have doubts which are very understandable. Everyone’s around you for sure would advise you against it but if you still have your mind on it and you want to come to Amsterdam here are some tips and extra information you need to know to make you visit safe for you and the ones around you.

First thing first is to check if your actual location is considered a red or orange zone for The Netherlands. You can do that by checking Dutch government website and see if you country is listed. As your country is on the list you will have to self-quarantine for 10 days. I can imagine this is not a nice way to spend your holiday. Unless this is something you to, avoid visiting The Netherlands at the moment. 2020 was a promising year but we came to the conclusion that is much better to postpone our plan to 2021. You can always get a coronavirus test before coming to Amsterdam but even if your test result is negative you will still need to self-quarantine.

Are the touristic places open in Amsterdam during coronavirus pandemic?

So, if your country is not listed on the government website you can come and visit Amsterdam and take advantage by the all touristic places which are almost empty. This can be a plus if you compare with the usual times when Amsterdam full of tourists and would take you long time to visit all known places. Long queues now are inexistent and almost all museums are open.

Whether you fly or come by car take care to always have with you face masks and hand sanitizer. Face masks can be of any kind due medical masks not being mandatory. Why do have masks with you? Because public transport all over the country can’t be used without wearing one. Hand sanitizer can be found on any shop or establishment at the entrance so to be fair you don’t really need it unless you want to.

Many, but not most of touristic places and including restaurants need a reservation before visiting so best is to buy your tickets, if needed, and then call the establishment to ask if they have a rule regarding your visit.

Nightclubs are closed and bars are open only in the early evenings. So, you want to have a drink use the bar at your hotel, or buy your own booze from supermarkets like Albert Heijn or Jumbo.

Most important rule when visit Amsterdam during pandemic

The one and most coronavirus rule which The Netherlands goes for is keeping distance wherever you are. Distance if 1.5 meters between you and any other person.

Another thing not to forget is to check your medical insurance before your visit to Amsterdam in the pandemic. Check if they cover your expenses if you get the virus. Not all insurance companies do so and would be a pity to find yourself in a situation to must pay thousands of euro for something what had been easily avoided.

In other words, you are welcome to visit Amsterdam in corona virus outbreak but be ready to quarantine yourself and always have on hand face mask and hand sanitizer. Always check Dutch government website to latest updates on rules which change weekly.

Check when is the best time to visit Amsterdam

Top 10 gifts and souvenirs to buy from Amsterdam

 

You can’t visit Amsterdam and go back with empty hands. If you don’t know what gifts or souvenirs to buy for the loved ones here is a list with the most popular gifts to buy from Amsterdam

1.      Wooden shoes

Wooden shoes gift ideaThe traditional wooden shoes are one of the most sold Dutch souvenirs. Not only they are long lasting but they look good in the living room. Although few people in the Dutch country side they still wear them, I don’t think are too comfortable. So, just buy a pair to add it to your world travel souvenirs or gift it to someone back home.

2.      Dutch cheese

Several Dutch cheese ships popped up in the past years all over the city center of Amsterdam. They sell all kinds of cheese from different animals and with delicious condiments. Cheese from goat to cows with paprika, cumin seeds or pesto are few types of the many they sell. The good thing is that you can taste them all before buying. The Amsterdam cheese shops have on sales packs of 3 with different tastes. Get a pack and impress the ones at home. Makes a beautiful gift too. Add to it a chopper and a cheese cutter and your gift will be unique. You can complete your cheese plate with some jelly made special to work with the cheeses sold. Ask the seller for a good combi. Prices starts with 9,99€.

3.      Fridge magnets

Fridge magnet gift idea
Fridge magnet gift idea

The old and traditional fridge magnets. They are so cliché but are the most wanted souvenirs from travelers. One reason because they are easy to store and they can become part of a mini-world on everyone’s fridge. In 2020 the fridge magnets are so divers that it’s impossible not to find one for each individual. The cost of a fridge magnet goes from 3€ per piece to 5-6€ for the bigger ones in size. Most of the souvenir shops sells it in packs of 3, for example 3 pieces for 5€ or 10€, again depending of size and how nice it is. Tulip magnets are very popular and of course the miniature wooden shoes. City skyline fridge magnets are also between most popular gifts and souvenirs.

4.      T-shirts

The funny t-shirts used to be very popular in the [past years. Although at the moment this type of gift is less chosen, still its worth to have a laugh with your friends when they open the gift from you and appears a t-shirt with the message “My friend was in Amsterdam and all I got is this lousy t-shirt”. Still funny. A Dutch gift which will always be there years after years. Choose from the classic t-shirt to hoodies on all colors with funny messages with prices ranging from 15€ to 50€.

5.      Sweets with cannabis flavor

Lollipops, candies and cakes with cannabis flavor to taste the marijuana in a legal way. No, you will not get stoned from it as is just flavored. Its legal to take it with you in the plane. If you are into it, this might be a gift idea.

6.      Tulip bulbs

Tulips bulbs Amsterdam Gift IdeaA traditional Dutch gift or souvenir which will give pleasure for many years to come are tulip bulbs. They can be bought at almost any souvenir shop or in Flower Market in Amsterdam Centre. In flower Market you can find all kinds of bulbs mostly of tulips but other plants too. Tulips of all colors and types at reasonable prices. Imagine someone loved looking at their garden and enjoying some beautiful red tulips which came from far away in Amsterdam. Each tulip bulbs bag has instruction with the best times to plant and how to care for it. A bag of 9 tulip bulbs starts with 10€.

7.      Stroopwaffels

StrropwaffelA sweet gift which I can promise you anyone would enjoy. Stroopwaffels is a traditional Dutch dessert made with thin waffles and honey. Something you find in The Netherlands only and can be bought almost anywhere. In the souvenir shops, in supermarkets and even in the airport. You can find it beautifully boxed in a tin box with beautiful pictures of Amsterdam or in Dutch style. You can find it from couple of € up to 30€ for the big boxes.

8.      Personalized Heineken glass

While in Amsterdam you must visit Heineken Experience. While enjoying the story of how the most famous beer in the world got born and how it made, you can buy from the museum shop, a glass or a beer bottle with the loved one name printed on it. This is an unexpected gift for any beer lover. If you plan to visit Heineken Experience buy your tickets and skip the line

9.      Ajax merchandise

For the football lovers this is the ultimate gift. The Amsterdam Ajax shop is located at Amsterdam Arena. There you can find the official Ajax Amsterdam Team shop and you can buy items like club t-shirts, football sets, footballs, bags and more. The most important thing people buy is the seasonal t-shirt. Each football season is a new t-shirt and for the real collectors this is a must-have.

 

10.  Postcards

How easy and old fashioned but how powerful and thoughtful. In 2020 almost nobody expects to receive an actual postcard but imagine the excitements when the receiver open its post and sees a “Hello from Amsterdam”

Most important Amsterdam canals not to miss

The Netherlands are famous for their reclamation of land, hence the phrase ‘God created the world, but the Dutch created Holland’. The semicircular ring of canals in Amsterdam is part of that long reclamation history, with the major ones constructed in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age. The project involved extending the city in places, by draining the swampland, filling in the land between the canals and diking low-lying areas. As elsewhere in the country, parts of Amsterdam are below sea level. This extension of the city was primarily planned to house more of the growing population.
The canals today retain the historic buildings along their shores, making them an excellent sightseeing opportunity. They are easily accessed from many a city hotel, Amsterdam, so why not pay some of them a visit?

Singel
This is Amsterdam’s oldest major canal. Until 1585 it was the city’s moat; it is now the innermost canal in the semicircular ring of canals. There are many great sights along Singel, well worth the short excursion from a city hotel, Amsterdam. The famous flower market, Bloemenmarkt, is located on the canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein squares – literally on the canal, as the stalls float along its side. Many historic and interesting buildings can also be seen from the water. One is popularly considered the narrowest house in the world; where it backs onto the canal, it is only 1 metre wide. Fortunately for whoever lives there, it widens at its front. On Muntplein square is the Munttoren tower, originally part of a gate in the medieval city walls. Other old buildings include De Dolphijn (built c. 1600), the Oude Lutherse Kerk (built 1632-33), and the Ronde Lutherse Ker (built 1668-1671).

Herengracht
Herengracht (Particians’ Canal) is the first of the three major canals built in the 17th century project. It is named for the regenten rulers of the Dutch Republic at that time. A stroll alongside this canal offers splendid views: 17th century mercantile mansions, including some with very high, elaborate gables (a status symbol in a time when house owners wanted to minimise the tax on their building’s width); and the myriad bridges spanning the canal. For those wanting a pleasant walk from their city hotel, Amsterdam’s Herengracht is a splendid option.

Keizersgracht
Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal) is the second of the 17th century canals, and the widest. It is named for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. Like the other canals, it is lined with spectacular old buildings. One of these, a palatial double canal house, is now the Museum van Loon. Its interior has been styled to reflect its extravagant 18th century appearance.

Prinsengracht
Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) is the third of the 17th century canals, and the longest. It is named for the Prince of Orange. Among its many sights to entice guests from their city hotel, Amsterdam’s famous Anne Frank House can be found along the Prinsengracht. There are two important churches, the Noorderkerk and the Westerkerk, and the Noodermarkt (Northern Market) where shoppers can find organic food and textiles on certain days.
Other canals
These are the city’s major canals, but many others are worth a visit: Zwanenburgwal, voted one of the most beautiful streets in Amsterdam in 2006; Brouwersgracht; Kloveniersburgwal; and the new canals constructed on Java Island in 1995, Brantasgracht, Lamonggracht, Majanggracht and Seranggracht.
The canals of Amsterdam have earned it the name ‘Venice of the North’, and rightly so, for they showcase some of the city’s best historical beauty. Only a short distance from many a city hotel, Amsterdam, they are well worth investigating.

Amsterdam canals

A viѕit tо Amsterdam isn’t соmрlеtе without enjoying thе canals. Thеу are a ѕуmbоl оf Amѕtеrdаm and great сulturаl аnd hiѕtоriсаl vаluе. In 2010 thе Wоrld Hеritаgе Cоmmittее dесidеd tо ѕubmit the 17th-сеnturу саnаl ring аrеа in Amѕtеrdаm tо thе UNESCO Wоrld Heritage Liѕt.

Initially, Amsterdam canals were built to check the flow of the Amstel River water in the city. But today, Amsterdam canals have become a reason for Amsterdam’s much popularity in terms of its intricate architecture and structure. The entire city dwells along these water canals. The visitors find it soothing to take a boat ride along these canals. It’s a delight to witness the city’s ancient architecture whilst enjoying the natural surroundings.

Thе Amsterdam canals today rеtаin thе hiѕtоriс buildingѕ аlоng their ѕhоrеѕ, making thеm an еxсеllеnt ѕightѕееing орроrtunitу. Thеу аrе еаѕilу ассеѕѕеd frоm many city hоtеlѕ, Amѕtеrdаm, ѕо whу nоt рау some of thеm a viѕit?

Amsterdam canals you must check before you leave Amsterdam

Though еvеrу саnаl iѕ beautiful аnd unique in itѕеlf, thеrе аrе some absolute muѕtѕ:

  • Thе Golden Bend: thе canal from ‘Lеidѕеѕtrааt’ tо ‘Vijzelstraat’ hаѕ the mоѕt bеаutiful аnd mаgnifiсеnt stretch оf саnаl houses оf Amѕtеrdаm.
  • One view, fifteen bridges: the bridgе оn the соrnеr оf ‘Rеguliеrѕgrасht’ аnd ‘Hеrеngrасht’ hаѕ a unique view оvеr fiftееn bridges. Mаkе sure уоu ѕtаnd on thе ѕidе of thе street with thе оdd numbers.
  • Mаgеrе Brug: thе ‘Magere Brug’ (Skinny Bridgе) is one of thе most рiсturеѕԛuе bridges of Amѕtеrdаm. At night the bridgе is romantically illuminаtеd.
  • Canal tоur: enjoy thе bеаutiful саnаlѕ аnd Amsterdam canals hоuѕеѕ from the wаtеr with оnе оf Amѕtеrdаm’ѕ mаnу саnаl tours.
  • Enjoy thiѕ unique UNESCO Wоrld Hеritаgе Sitе.
  • Strоll раѕt the сеnturiеѕ-оld саnаl hоuѕеѕ.

Amsterdam canals cruises

Amѕtеrdаm Canals Cruiѕе is аn оnlinе platform fоr all саnаl cruises in Amѕtеrdаm. The bеѕt wау tо еnjоу Amsterdam’s саnаlѕ is frоm thе water. Yоu саn rent a раddlе boat аnd еxрlоrе thе саnаl belt аt your own расе. A dау in Amѕtеrdаm isn’t соmрlеtе without a сruiѕе through thе canals of Amѕtеrdаm: rоmаntiс during thе evening with dinnеr оr during thе dау with thе kidѕ. If you рrеfеr tо take thingѕ еаѕiеr, tаkе a canal сruiѕе whеrе a guidе will tеll уоu аll about thе hiѕtоrу оf Amѕtеrdаm.

Book your Amsterdam canal cruise and skip the line

 

Now with the new happenings regarding coronavirus pandemic check the official Dutch government website for Amsterdam travel updates

 

Don’t forget to buy some Dutch souvenir before leaving Amsterdam. Check shopping in Amsterdam for how to find the best Dutch gifts for the ones back home

Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is located in the province of North Holland. Amsterdam is the world’s most unique city, world-class metropolis and fun fulfilling city for everyone. This city was founded in the 12th century as a very small fishing village but today it has become a part of the western world. The population of this place is about 750,000. Three canals that ring radiating from the port divide the city of Amsterdam into several islands.

Amsterdam Attractions:

Museums
Van Gogh Museum is a good collection of paintings of about 200 species arranged in chronological order. Amsterdam’s Historisch Museum exhibits portray the sequence of events in Amsterdam’s history from early times up to now, the Rijksmuseum is a magnificent collection of works of Dutch artists and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art is a contemporary art museum showcase the work of Dutch painters and French artists etc.
Amsterdam Red Light District was the wealthiest cities in the world in the 17th century. It was also a leading financial center and very beautiful buildings were erected. The city is known for the red light district where prostitution is legalized and for coffee shops.
Parks
Vondelpark and Wertheimpark are popular place for those who want to go outside and enjoy picnics with family. Free open air, water fountain, sun and more.
Festivals
Koningdag or King’ day and Holland festivals are most popular festivals of Amsterdam. Some activities organised on this occasions are music concerts, children’s game, opera and modern dance and more.

Travel guide Amsterdam- World of Amsterdam
Travel guide Amsterdam- World of Amsterdam

When to Visit Amsterdam

The Amsterdam weather and climate are fairly moderate. The summers are warm and quite dry, and winters can be cold and they are usually more wet. For the months of June, July and August, the maximum day temperatures can vary between 20C and 25C. On the other hand, winters are usually above freezing, between 0C and 10C during the day.
Though pleasant and moderate, the weather in Amsterdam is unpredictable. On some days, the weather can switch from sunny to rainy and back to sunny again in just a couple of hours.
Some people seem to think that the Netherlands is a rainy place, but in reality it only rains about 4% of the time. Amsterdam isn’t Scotland!

Amsterdam, the city of canals can be best experienced in between April to October as the maritime climate of Netherlands exhibit during this time.
Amsterdam Seasons
High Season – April to August, December
Low Season -October to November, January to mid-March
Mid-Season – September, mid-March to late March

Though Amsterdam does have a 4-season climate, it is a popular destination year-round. Most of the attractions in the city are not really effected by the weather, such as the museums, dining, shows and shopping. Even in the winter, the weather is warm enough to still enjoy the outdoor parts of the city.
The best time overall would be the late spring to early fall. Roughly from late April to September. Amsterdam is alive with the arrival of spring and there are lots of outdoor festivals and shows during the summer.

Avoid the Crowds
Though with school holidays being on during the summer, that means more people are traveling. You’ll find Amsterdam packed with tourists between the middle of June until mid-August. If you like the active atmosphere, then this is the time for you. But if you prefer a quieter experience, try to book your trip in May or early June, or after the rush in late August or September.
October can be rainy, and the weather is unpredictable. If you are intending to spend most of your indoors, perhaps at a coffee shop or cafe, then you might not care if its raining outside.

When to Save Money in Amsterdam

The perfect time to save money on your Amsterdam tour is visiting between mid-September through mid-November and January through March. Rest of the years, prices are quite high.

How to Get to Amsterdam

Undoubtedly, Amsterdam is a major hub of Western Europe to see and experience many things. The easiest and fastest ways to get at this place within your budget are by taking plane and train.
By Plane
Schiphol Airport in the Amsterdam is located just 20km south west of the city. Operators like KLM airlines, Air France, BMI airlines and Delta airlines etc run their flights at regular interval of time to Amsterdam from London.
By Train
Amsterdam can also be reached with ease getting into high-speed Eurostar train as it is well connected to the cities all over Europe. What you have to do is to take this train from London St Pancras International train station and reach Brussels which takes approx. time of 1 hr and 15 minutes. After here need to hop on the Thalys train Brussels to Amsterdam and the complete journey takes time of around 4hr 20 min.
General Information
Where to stay in Amsterdam – Hotels of different star, youth hostels, camping, bed and breakfast.
Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam – Cafes, restaurants, coffee shops etc
Places to see in Amsterdam – Different tourist attractions, unique sights and museums etc
Shopping and Sports in the city – Albert Cuyp and the Dam Square are famous shopping centers, whist the important sports of the city are Squash, table tennis, golf, cycling and ice skating etc.

With all the new corona virus rules check Dutch government website for the latest implemented rules about traveling to Amsterdam – travel to Amsterdam coronavirus

Amsterdam dates back to the early 1200s, when it was established as a humble fishing settlement. A dam that was subsequently built on the Amstel River encouraged its growth. The name of the new village, Amstelledamme, was first documented in the toll concession of 1275. Throughout the 1300s and 1400s, the village grew very quickly, ushering in what is now known as the Golden Age. Unfortunately, only a small number of structures from this period are still standing, due to the trend for building with wood, which does not tend to whether the test of time very well. The Houten Huis (Wooden House) and Old and New Churches date from this period.
The years between 1585 and 1672 are known as the Golden Age of Amsterdam, when the city reached the pinnacle of trade and development and was an international market for staple goods. It was during this time that the city developed its unique appearance. Amsterdam still maintains the layout introduced by the 1613 and 1663 expansion projects. Significant landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Zuiderkerk, Westerkerk and many historical houses along the canals, to name just a few, were built during this time.
In 1672, French and British forces attacked Holland, bringing about an abrupt halt to Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Despite this upheaval, Amsterdam maintained its status as a commercial center for staple products and its importance in the finance world as recently as 1795. However, there were some big changes; whereas previously tar and pitch were the goods of trade, now silver and gold were the new commodities. A huge number of houses were constructed during the period – a sign of how well the city clearly was doing. This is why today, most residential buildings in the center date from the 1700s.
In 1795 the French came to power, defeating the incumbent government and bringing an end to the old Republic. As they began to occupy Holland, Amsterdam felt the adverse effects and fell into recession. This was a period of first stagnation and then decline, which was to last up to 1813. A large number of homes were abandoned and remained empty for long periods of time. Eventually a significant number became derelict and fell down as no one had tended to them for so long. By a stroke of fortune, a small number of interiors and facades from the Empire period remained intact for us to admire today.
From 1813 onward, Amsterdam slowly started to recover economically. From 1870, it actually began to expand once more. As money again flowed back into the city, people moved back and the Industrial Revolution began. This was the catalyst for a modern day Golden Age, and Amsterdam expanded beyond the Singelgracht. Low quality suburbs for the less well off sprang up, and the two decades from the 20s to the 40s again brought a recession. Nevertheless, the Ring 20-40 is of comparable quality to the jerry-building, which dates from the 1800s. It was also during these 20 years that much damage was done to the historically significant city center, as canals were filled in to make way for new roads. Today Amsterdam’s spirit of tolerance is hailed internationally. The Dutch government may sit in The Hague, but Amsterdam is the unofficial capital and the largest city in Holland.

Old world European charm meets with modern day culture. This is what Amsterdam is all about. Amsterdam attracts plenty of visitors year round because of its impressive architecture, buildings and mansions that are centuries old, arts and museums, friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere, opportunities for some serious partying, and of course, its red light district. Now, that’s history, culture and fun all neatly wrapped up in one attractive package! Truly, a vacation in Amsterdam is well worth thinking about.
This city is the capital of the Netherlands and is famous for the five canals that encompass the old city, namely, the Singel, the Singelgracht, the Keizersgracht, the Herengracht and the Prinsengracht. Some tour companies offer vacation packages that include a chance to cruise the canals.
You can spend hours and hours exploring what Amsterdam has to offer. A walk along its streets will yield architectural and cultural treasures. It has, after all, some 7,000 registered historical buildings – medieval homes, cathedrals, canal mansions galore! Amble along Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat and look at houses that date back to the early 1400s. These buildings hark back to the time when Amsterdam was a flourishing hub of commercial activity during the medieval period. Beginjhof 2- 3, Beginjhof 34 (which is the city’s oldest), Warmoestraat 5 and 83 are some of the most popular.
Head to Rijksmuseum which is where you can find the masterpieces of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt. For a look a more modern works, there is Stedelijk Museum CS. You should also visit the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum, which is a poignant reminder of the city’s place in the world’s tumultuous history. There are plenty of other museums, some featuring modern architecture, archaeology, or history and some featuring fascinating subjects and exhibits. Would you believe that there is a museum dedicated to sex (with a collection of sex artifacts and oddities), and other museums dedicated to torture, as well as Hash, Marijuana and Hemp? That is how diverse the museum scene in Amsterdam is!
When choosing a vacation package, be sure to pick one that covers your interest. The key to having a great time in Amsterdam is to do some planning but also be ready to go with the flow.

Your best friend is about to get married and you are thinking about giving an unforgettable gift to him. If you are thinking about organizing a stag weekend in Europe for him, then that is a splendid idea. After the date of the wedding ceremony is finally set, your best friend has only little time left to exercise his freedom as a single man and a stag weekend in one of the best places in Europe is perfect for him. You might have been hearing from other men that an Amsterdam stag weekend can really be unforgettable but you have been hearing nothing more but only that. Before choosing anything, it is very essential that you should know about it first and if you are considering choosing Amsterdam, the following information about them might help you decide you to choose this amazing city.

Shiphol airport of Amsterdam is among the busiest airports in the world. Flights from different locations in Europe come to the city numerous times everyday. Most of the flights are inexpensive. The airport and the town center are connected by public transport which can bring you to your destinations at cheap prices.
The prices of foods in the city are not also a problem. There are also lots to choose from such as American, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, and Mexican dishes
Your best friend’s stag group can spend the day blow karting, go karting, snowboarding and many more. You can as well enjoy sightseeing in Leidseplein while drinking since there are lots of bars on wheels around the city. You can also have some fun at Red Light District, which is a rather sexual amusement park.
Though you can have the most fun at night by just going bar hopping, the night can be more spiced up by having a girl dance on your lap or strip in front of you. If you desire for more than just that, more action is available and not just during nighttime but during daytime as well. You can have whatever you desire and need at the city’s red light district.
If you feel adventurous go to a coffeeshop. or rent a limo. Why not do all in one? Like get a limo to pick you up from the airport with some companions in it already, get some smokes, have a walk together in Red light District and next day get a private driver to bring you to Snow world Amsterdam for some snowboarding.

People navigate the city with a complex system of 1,281 bridges and various modes of water transportation. Lodging in a houseboat offers many benefits to people visiting Amsterdam and makes for a truly unique traveling experience.
Amsterdam is home to more than 2,500 houseboats of all different sizes. There are standard single rooms within medium to large boats or you can rent an entire boat to say in. Houseboats come furnished with all the amenities you would expect in a standard hotel room. They have bathrooms, kitchens, televisions, and telephones. The unpredictable Amsterdam weather is no problem in houseboats because they are heated just like a standard room. People stay in boats even during the winter months. Houseboats are equipped with modern plumbing, toilets and bathrooms. So this is an experience much more akin to staying at a hotel than to camping out in the woods.
There is no need to worry about houseboats being too confining to stay in. In fact, many houseboats offer more generous spacing than the hotel rooms in the city, which can be somewhat cramping for tourists from other countries. Tourists who rent a car can keep their vehicle in a nearby parking garage; this can typically be arranged at a fee with the houseboat rental company.
In a city that is well known for its water, houseboats are a wonderful way to get to know Amsterdam in some of the most picturesque settings imaginable. The boats typically float on the water of one of the canals in the city and many operators have boats all over so they can offer rooms in many different places. Staying in a boat allows you to experience the noises and sights of Amsterdam even while you are relaxing at your lodgings and when you sleep at night. Guests love to just sit in their houseboat rooms and look out the windows to watch people and water birds, which can be fed right out of the window. Another advantage of staying in a houseboat is the sun shining through your windows and filling up the room with brightness and warmth.
Most houseboats are located within walking distance of the heart of Amsterdam and yet also provide a quiet atmosphere within the boat just like you would find in a secluded hotel room. Amsterdam is a very compact city and much of it can be explored on foot very close to your houseboat. From pavement cafes to small shops to old bridges, you can find plenty to explore in each unique area of the city next to your houseboat’s canal. Some museums are located right on the water in houseboats or very close to the water. The city is filled with interesting museums and historical walks that can be enjoyed nearby your houseboat. What better way is there to see the “Venice of the North” than to stay on the water in a houseboat?

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