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Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a wonderful city with really cool canals, super tall and skinny buildings, and yes filled with many coffee shops. There’s many things to do besides go to the red light district and go to a coffee shop too. So here are the Top 5 things to do in Amsterdam.

1. Take a canal tour

Amsterdam is said to be the Venice of the north and that holds true with its beautiful canals surrounding the city and there isn’t a better way to enjoy them than taking a canal tour. The canals were dedicated a UNESCO monument in 2010 and the while on a boat in the canals you can take in the beautiful architecture surrounding the canals. There’s many choices for boat tours from hop on, hop off, to dinner boats. Whatever it is you fancy, you will have a great time.

amsterdam canal

amsterdam canal

 

2. Go to the Ann Frank Museum

World War II was a very difficult time for the Netherlands and the Anne Frank House (Prinsengracht 267 (1016 GV)  PO Box 730, 1000 AS Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a museum to showcase Anne Frank and her family’s life during the war and their struggles. You get to see her secret annex where Ann and her family hid for years where she wrote her famous diary. The line outside is worth the wait.

3. Go to a coffee shop

A lot of people go to Amsterdam to smoke marijuana without getting a ticket or arrested for it. It’s one of the very few places in the world where you can do this and there are many coffee shops where you can find an assortment of cannabis goods ranging from space cakes, joints, hash, and even food products. Be sure to look for the green and white sticker in the windows to make sure it’s an actual coffee shop that’s licensed to sell cannabis products shown below. If you’re new to cannabis make sure you ask the employees for recommendations, they’re glad to help.

coffeeshop

coffeeshop

 

4. Go to the red light district

De Wallen or the red light district of Amsterdam is an exciting place to walk around and explore. Look for the red lit windows on the ground floor of the historic townhouses and architecture. Besides the women in the red lit windows, there are also good restaurants in the area and Amsterdam’s china town nearby. There’s also adult entertainment in the area.

5. Look at Old Masters Dutch Art

The Rijksmuseum Museum : (Jan Luijkenstraat 1  1071 CJ Amsterdam, Netherlands) has a large range of fine art of the Dutch Masters from Rembrandt and Vermeer to other art like Delftware, Dolls’ houses, and more. The Rembrandt House(Nieuwmarkt en Lastage  Amsterdam, Netherlands) Museum is really cool because you can see many of Rembrandt’s props and his studio spaces as well as what his house looked like when he lived there. There are also live demonstrations of how Rembrandt made his paint from pigments as well.

rembrandt house

Props at the Rembrandt House Museum

 

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