Amsterdam, the city of bikes. It would be rude not to go for a ride, wouldn’t it?
The endless cycle paths around the city allow you to see the sights in a wonderful way as the wind runs through your hair, cycling down the canals. When it’s time to stop, simply hop off, lock up and hop back on when it’s time to see the next attraction.
Renowned for its picturesque canals, Amsterdam also offers cruises on the water. This can be an incredibly relaxing way to meander down the canals, giving you a unique and refreshing prospective of the city’s surroundings. There are various cruises on offer and if you’re feeling hungry, there’s even a pancake cruise!
If culture and history take your interest, why not visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums?
The Van Gogh museum or The Rijksmuseum are equally rewarding visits. If you want to take the experience to the next level, opt to take part in one of the walking tours, this allows you to delve into the history of the famous red-light district, where you can gain an insight into the golden age of the Dutch and discover where the Netherlands got its name from.
Another famous attraction is of course the Anne Frank house. It tends to be very popular with tourists and is certainly worth the visit. It’s amazing to see first-hand where the Jewish wartime diarist hid during WWII.
Once you’ve covered the canals and historic attractions. It’s time for food!
This is something I take a lot of interest in! With a cheese shop on almost every corner, grabbing some of the city’s finest produce is hard to avoid. Don’t let the smell put you off, as the taste is always worth it. The smellier the better!
The Dutch people also have a sweet tooth so if you’re into pastries and desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I’d recommend a Dutch pancake, savoury or sweet are good. If not, perhaps you’d like a stroopwaffel with a caramel filling? If you still have room, try a slice of the world-famous Dutch apple pie, which can be found in most bakeries around the city. Regardless of your personal preference, Amsterdam will have something sweet for you.
As the day draws to a close, a drink on the Canalside is a great way to unwind and reflect on your experiences, both foodie and historic. Amsterdam offers a wealth of restaurants and late night cafes so take your pick and find a spot with a view of the local surroundings.