Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, with its charming bridges and canals, ancient houses and its very particular atmosphere. The capital city of the Netherlands is a paradise for art lovers, but is also known for its vibrant nightlife! Here are the most important things to see and do during your weekend in Amsterdam!
Let’s start your visit of Amsterdam with Dam Square: located at the heart of the city, in the old town, it’s a busy square that gathers locals and tourists. There, you can admire the Royal Palace or shop in one of the many small boutique of the area.
Amsterdam is one of the most important cities in Europe for art and culture. There, it is impossible not to visit one of the many museums of the city, such as the Rijksmuseum. With the incredible richness of its collection, visiting this museum requires hours, or even a whole day!
Amongst the 8000 artworks displayed, which date from the middle Ages to the XXth century, you’ll have the chance to admire paintings such as Vermeer’s or Rembrandt’s. A prestigious museum located in such a splendid building that it single-handedly justifies your visit there!
Another famous museum of the city is the Van Gogh Museum, which has the largest collection of artworks from the well-known Dutch painter, whose life and artistic development you’ll discover throughout your visit.
The Anne Frank Museum is also a must visit. You will discover the story of the Frank family and visit the house and the secret annex where the family was in hiding for more than two years during World War II. A fascinating and moving visit! We strongly recommend that you book your tickets ahead, as the line to get in the museum can be very long.
It is of course unthinkable not to go admire the famous Amsterdam canals, real symbols of the city, which gave it its fully deserved nickname of “Venice of the North”. A magical experience! May you choose a boat cruise or a bike ride along the canals, the canals will win you over! Then, take a stroll in the oh so picturesque Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) quarter. Located right in the middle of the canals belt, it’s an unmissable walk you need to do in Amsterdam. Go shopping in one of the tiny vintage shops or take a fully deserved break in a welcoming coffee…
It’s thanks to the Red Light District that Amsterdam got its reputation of festive and cheeky city. With its bars, coffee shops and sex-shops lit up by bright red neon lights, this quarter is one of the most famous things people know of in Amsterdamand it’s remains a must-see.
Don’t forget to visit the famous Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most popular park. This vast green area is a meeting place for both locals and tourists. You can visit it with a bike, as Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world. If you want to feel like true Amsterdammers, we highly recommend you to rent a bike for your trip in the city:
A good choice for a place to start your genuine Dutch experience is offered by the two Bike 4 U shops, located on very convenient central places in the city (of Amsterdam). One of them is located within walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal, a couple of minutes from The Red Light District and Dam Square. The second shop is in the beginning (north-end) of the famous Kinkerstraat – very close by to the Negen Straatjes, Anne Frank’s House, Vondel Park and the Leidse Plein. Bike 4 U has very friendly, accurate and fast service and offers a range of real Dutch Bikes to make your visit unforgettable!
To contact them and book your bike, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org