What to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands, and is commonly acknowledged as 'The Dam'.
Flights to Amsterdam are inexpensive and some of the cheapest flights to Europe from the UK. The city is home to a range of historical masterpieces and there is not much that the city doesn't have, from classical art to extreme sports and world-class beer.
Steeped in history, this historic city still operates its most ancient and famous modes of transport, the canal boat and the bicycle. The city centre is surrounded by the canals that on a map appear in the shape of a horseshoe, making the canal boat an effective method of transport. Unlike many other famous cities, Amsterdam rejects motor vehicles, such as cars and motorbikes, which is why cycling is so popular with the locals.
The cultural background of Amsterdam gives tourists plenty of options to choose from. Travellers that like to embrace the local way of life will be keen to adopt the typical breakfast of ham, eggs and cheese, which is otherwise known as Uitsmijte- break. The Netherlands is renowned for its selection of cheeses, particularly Gouda and Edam cheese.
The canals are an important aspect of Amsterdam's way of life, making a canal tour an ideal experience for visitors to the city.
The picturesque natural surroundings offer splendid views of Amsterdam, but tourists are also able to gain insight in to Amsterdam's significant history. The canals were major factors of defence in the seventeenth century so were not just relied upon for means of transport.
World War II impacted massively on Amsterdam, and The Dutch National Monument and the Homomonument honour the victims of the war.
Another place of historical significance in Amsterdam is of course the Anne Frank House Museum, which exhibits the famous secret annex that hid Anne and her family for years. This powerful building is where Anne constructed her famous diary, and is well worth a visit for travellers that want to relive the trauma and horror of World War II.
Home to fine art, the Rembrandt House Museum exhibits extraordinary art that has been established for many centuries. The Rijksmuseum is an incredible museum that in fact holds Rembrandt's most classical pieces of artwork. These tasteful museums are sure to delight art lovers.
The Van Gogh Museum contrasts to the museums previously mentioned as its modern art background stages post-impressionist forms of art - you can find plenty of Van Gogh paintings there too though!
Many people will identify Amsterdam with its red light district. For a cultural shock visitors should wander along De Wallen to determine for themselves their own opinion of this famous district. But this city has far more to offer than simply just this.
Amsterdam is an extraordinary place to visit whether for a longer period or for a long weekend away. Everybody deserves a treat abroad every now and again to unwind from the stresses of daily life, and with the endless amounts of attractions, culture and historical landmarks to visit, tourists and travellers are sure to have a memorable experience.