Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals, red lights, and high tolerance to recreational drugs. However, there is so much more to this intriguing city. Amsterdam is full of amazing museums, such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, among many others; it is also full of bicycles and has one of the largest bicycle garages I have ever seen (you can see a pic below). It is amazing how cars, trolleys, buses, pedestrians, and bicycles all move in one smooth movement together, with little noise and no interruptions, and surprisingly, almost no accidents. Each one respects each others’ space on the road and it allows all of them to move smoothly around the city, even during the busiest hours of the day.
Food in Amsterdam is also worth mentioning. If you are a cheese and chocolate lover, then you are in the right place, because Amsterdam, and Holland in general, is known for their cheese variety and chocolate deliciousness. You will find cheese and chocolate shops on almost every corner of the city, especially in the city center near the famous Dam Square. I am a huge fan of cheese croissants, and I have yet to find a place that makes them as good as they do in Amsterdam. Actually, breakfast food in general is extremely yummy there, starting from croissants to once-in-a-lifetime pancakes, and mesmerizing cappuccinos. I actually plan to go back to Amsterdam just for the food! 🙂 It is that good and brings unique tastes to your average meals. Amsterdam is also very multinational and has a huge variety of cuisines, from Portuguese to Turkish to Korean and much more. Oh, and you cannot forget the famous Amsterdam french fries with melted cheese. Those are not your ordinary french fries because the cheese and the sauces they give you are extraordinary and will melt all of your taste buds away. If you are food lover, Amsterdam should be on your top list of cities to visit!
Accommodations and Transportation
Staying in Amsterdam and getting around the city is very convenient. If it is your first time in the city, I recommend staying in city center near Dam Square. There are many hotels in the area, ranging from comfy hostels to five star hotels. City center has quite a bit of attractions surrounding it, and it is a short walk to some of the famous museums such as the Anne Frank House, and a short walk to the infamous Red Light District. The center is also packed with cute shops of everything you could ever want, delicious restaurants and fun pubs, coffee shops, and entertainment. Both times that I went, I stayed in Inntel Hotel, which is a 10 minute walk to Dam Square and a 10 minute walk to the train station. The hotel is clean, the staff are nice, and the service is great.
Getting around the city is also very convenient. You can easily catch a train from the airport going to your hotel or wherever you want to go. Tickets are inexpensive and the cabins are comfy, with free wifi. You can rent bikes in the city as well or just use public transportation, whichever you prefer. Walking is definitely popular because sometimes cars and even bikes cannot get inside the small alley ways, especially when they are packed with tourists; therefore, I recommend bringing some comfy walking shoes.
Below are some pics from my trip: