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Tips for an unforgettable trip to Amsterdam
The most beautiful sights and lots of insider tips
A Bachelorette party turned to me Amsterdam. It is well known that Amsterdam is a great place to celebrate. But the Dutch capital (The seat of government is The Hague) of course has a lot to offer more than good clubs, stylish bars, the lively red light district and the many coffee shops, where you can legally buy and consume cannabis.
Saturday was celebrating - but Sunday was supposed to be Amsterdam and its many Tourist Attractions be valid. There wasn't much time - the tips presented here can easily be done in a weekend. In addition to our top sights, we also give you a few tips for going out, hotel tips and other advice for your trip to Amsterdam.
The top sights in Amsterdam
1. The Rotichtviertel
Of course, if you go to Amsterdam you have to go downtown and that in particular Red light district see. In the evening all hell breaks loose here. Sex museums, sex shops, strip bars and brothels shape the streetscape. It is impossible to imagine Amsterdam's red light district without the women waiting for customers in the red-lined shop windows.
The streets are populated by groups of men, couples holding hands and women celebrating their hen parties. You will also meet hosts of Asian tourists who capture everything with their cameras and smartphones. However, photos of women in the shop windows are strictly prohibited.
In addition to all the sex shops, there are plenty of burger shops, cafes and the like that offer the Rossebuurt, as the Amsterdamers call the red light district, make it worth visiting.
Our tour through the red light district was absolutely relaxed. No grim figures - instead, exuberant people who just want to party and have fun. However, there is one thing you should keep in mind when you visit here: the women behind the windows probably have little fun being gazed at. Yes, it is a tourist hotspot, but you should treat everyone with respect.
Our travel blogger colleague Katrin from “Before We Die” gives you more information about the red light district in Amsterdam.
2. The Oude Kerk
If you're in the red light district, you absolutely have to Oude Kerk (Google Maps | Website). The "Old Church" is the oldest surviving structure in Amsterdam and one of the top attractions in the city. Since the Oude Kerk is located in the middle of the red light district, it is surrounded by brothels. That is probably unique in the world.
But there are also numerous cafés that invite you to linger. The picture is really strange. If you walk around the church once, you will come across provocative women in their shop windows, while the church walls are barely five meters further into the sky. You have an excellent view of the Oude Kerk from the nearby one Oudekennissteeg bridge.
3. The Trompettersteeg - the narrowest street in Amsterdam
Just a few meters from the Oude Kerk you will find the Trompettersteeg (Google Maps) another attraction that should not be missing on any trip to Amsterdam.
But be careful: you can easily miss the alley. With a width of only one meterr is the Trompettersteeg the narrowest street in Amsterdam and a real highlight. Here, too, you walk past scantily clad women in their shop windows.
In the evening, hordes of tourists jostle through the alley - the Trompettersteeg is, after all, a very hot address in Amsterdam. If you visit the Trompettersteeg during the day, you can walk along the 30-meter-long alley without being too crowded.
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4. The coffee shops
Under no circumstances do I want to encourage people to use drugs - in Amsterdam, however, cannabis consumption is completely legal in the world's famous coffee shops. The Coffee shops are simply part of the cityscape. You can have the cannabis weighed in the shop by the gram and enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee. There are already rolled joints for beginners - but professionals roll them themselves.
But please don't get the stupid idea of smuggling some of it into Germany - customs don't like to see it! Incidentally, hard drugs are just as illegal in the Netherlands as in any other country in the world. If you stroll through the red light district, you will probably be offered something from time to time. You can find more information about the coffee shops below in the article.
5. The Rijksmuseum
Of course, Amsterdam has a lot more sights to offer than the red light district. One top-class museum follows the next in the city. The Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands, is the best known with over two million visitors a year (Address: Museumstraat 1 | Website | Book a ticket without waiting at the entrance *).
In the Rijksmuseum you will find an extensive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Among other things, you can see Rembrandt's Night Watch, one of the most famous paintings in the world. But famous works by Jan Vermeer and Frans Hals can also be admired in the imposing museum building.
The Rijksmuseum also has a large collection of Asian art objects and artefacts related to Dutch history. If you're not into art or don't have a lot of time, just stroll around a little. You can get a glimpse of the building through two huge glass fronts. There is also a regular flea market right in front of the museum.
6. The Van Gogh Museum
This is just a stone's throw from the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Museum in a modern building. The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of works by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. With around 1.5 million visitors a year, the Van Gogh Museum, like the Rijksmuseum, is one of the most famous museums in Amsterdam. If you are interested in art, you cannot miss a visit to the world-famous museum.
Address: Museumplein 6 | Website | Ticket without waiting at the entrance * | Ticket without waiting time including canal cruise *
7. The Anne Frank House
If you have some time, you should Anne Frank House look at. Otto Frank and his wife Edith Frank-Holländer and their two children Margot and Anne hid from the Nazis in the building. That went well for more than two years before the hiding place was betrayed. On August 4, 1944, Anne Frank and her family were arrested by the German Gestapo and deported. Anne Frank died shortly before the end of the Second World War at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The "Anne Frank's diary”About her life in the dark hiding place is world famous today. Among other things, the building complex houses a museum about Nazi persecution and oppression.
From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., access is only possible for holders of an online ticket with a time slot. From 3:30 p.m. until closing time, you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket and buy a card at the museum entrance (as of September 2016).
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267 | Website
8. The Canal Belt
It's a lot of fun, just on the Canals to walk along. Amsterdam is not called the Venice of the North for nothing. Many Amsterdam residents have their own boat, so there's always something going on on the canals.
From the bridges you always have a great view of the water and the city. If you have more time, you should definitely take a canal cruise and enjoy the city from the water. You can explore Amsterdam's most beautiful sights quite comfortably on a canal cruise. More information about this highlight can be found at Daniel von Fernwehblog.
Incidentally, work on the canal belt began in 1612, and the construction time was around 40 years. The canals were mainly used to transport goods within the city, but also played a role in defense. The Amsterdam canal belt has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.
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