Amsterdam is a beautiful country that is known for its artistic heritage, rich history, elaborate canal systems, narrow houses with gabled facades and vibrant cultural scenes. This country has a lot to offer its tourists so, we are here to help you make your trip into an unforgettable experience. From highlights and must sees, to upcoming areas and hidden gems, we got you covered. Here are 10 unique things that you can do in Amsterdam if you want to have a blast.
1. Hop on your bike and explore Amsterdam.
Just hire a cycle and hit the streets of Amsterdam if you want to explore the city inside-out. The city has an unbeatable network of cycle routes and it is the most cycle-friendly cities in the world. There’s no finer way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions than by pedal power. Don’t worry, cycling in this city is absolutely safe, enjoyable and invigorating.
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2. Get lost in the trendy streets of Jordaan.
Jordaan is often termed as Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhood. Walking into the narrow streets of Jordaan will surely take you back in time. You can come here if you want to visit independent art galleries, antiques shops, courtyard gardens and atmospheric bars and restaurants. Head eastwards from Prinsengracht canal known as the 9 Streets for the most rewarding shopping experience in Amsterdam.
Most visitors fail to explore north of Amsterdam Central Station, which is really disappointing because this place is known for its vibrant food, drink and cultural scene on the banks of the IJ. To reach this destination, you’ll have to take a short ferry trip that won’t cost you a penny. There are a number of drop off points that you can choose from, depending on what interests you. There is a cultural hotspot NDSM, where you can enjoy a host of hip waterside hangouts, frequent festivals and events.
Amsterdam’s canal belt was built in the 17th-century to keep the sea at bay. This canal belt is protected by the UNESCO and it is an unbelievably pretty sight to see when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights. You can also float on the canals by guided boat tours and learn lots of fascinating facts along the way. There are various canal cruises to choose from, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night time cruises with food and wine. So, make your choice.
The Anne Frank House, located at Prinsengracht canal, is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. You can visit this museum to learn about the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II and to have an idea of what life was like for Anne and the families that were part of the Holocaust. You should book your tickets online in advance to avoid standing the the queues.
6. Visit the Eye Film Museum across the IJ if you are a film fan.
The Eye Film Museum is a striking white building across the southern shore of the IJ behind the Central Station. It was built in 2012 and since then, it has become one of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks. The museum comprises of a permanent exhibition space which showcases retrospectives and contemporary exhibits. It also has a vast film library, cinema and a fantastic restaurant bar with a terrace overlooking the water. You can get a free entry with the I amsterdam City Card. Just hop on the Buiksloterweg ferry from behind Central Station to reach this destination.
7. Go bungee jumping over the IJ at the Faralda Crane Hotel.
If you want to indulge in some adventure sports, head to the Faralda Crane Hotel if you are interested in bungee jumping. In this version of bungee jumping, you’ll go down feet-first in a swinging motion, which means, you won’t have to withstand the head popping pressure that one goes through doing it the old-fashioned way. You’ll get about 30 minutes to admire the view from 50 meters over the IJ.
8. Take a gondola ride through Amsterdam’s canals.
You can rent a gondola for €140-250 and explore the canals of Amsterdam if you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones. You will get about one or two hours to spend on the gondola. So, you can enjoy a romantic candle light dinner or pop open a bottle of Champagne to make memories.
9. Visit Albert Cuyp Markt for shopping.
Albert Cuyp Markt, in De Pijp is the place to be if you want to buy souvenirs and indulge in some serious shopping. You can hog on tasty cuisines, buy clothes, knick-knacks and local handicrafts in this street-length market. And, if shopping is not on your agenda, simply wander around and mingle with the locals and soak up the atmosphere.
10. Visit Blijberg aan Zee, Amsterdam’s city beach.
Amsterdam has its own city beach located on the artificial island of IJburg. It is visited by tourists and locals throughout the year and it’s just a short tram ride and walk from the city centre. You can come here to swim, relax and to sunbathe. The water is clean, the atmosphere around this area is energetic and there are several cafes and restaurants around the beach where you can indulging in some scrumptious cuisines after working on your tan.