Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world and more than millions of tourists from all over the globe visit this elegant city every year. The open skylines, brick buildings, beautiful canals, and the cafes in the city make it an ideal place for tourist who has an easygoing attitude towards life.
It is a widely known and accepted fact that the city of Amsterdam can be a breath of fresh air for tourists. Most of the Amsterdamians speak English, which means that you will be easily able to strike up conversations with the natives that will make you feel that you are one among them. Another interesting to note is that Amsterdam is not that big and you will be able to visit most of the famous tourist destinations in the city on foot. However, you could also rent bikes for affordable prices and roam from one spot to another like a native.
You will certainly need more than a few days to cover the famous spots in the city of Amsterdam. However, if your tour to Amsterdam is restricted to a single day or two, and if you wish to explore only a couple of places in the city, then you should head to the Van Gogh Museum and the Red Light District before concluding your tours in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the world’s largest collection of letters and artworks by the internationally renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. The art gallery is also the most visited museum in the Netherlands, which means that the museum will be crowded with tourists and natives on most days of the year. So, make sure to book the tickets to the museum in advance, as it will help you to stay away from the long queue. You can buy tickets from the museum too, but it is crucial to note that the queue will be of unpredictable length most times.
The Van Gogh Museum in the city of Amsterdam contains an extensive collection of approximately 200 paintings, 700 letters, and 400 drawings. In addition to that, tourists can also find exceptional artworks of contemporaries of Van Gogh and the works that were inspired by the artist himself within the library. The artworks that are put on display at the museum often changes due to temporary exhibitions. Some of the most popular paintings of Vincent Van Gogh that are housed inside the museum are ‘The Potato Eaters’, ‘The Yellow House’, and ‘Wheatfield with Crows’.
The Van Gogh Museum stays open to the public on every day from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. However, the closing time is extended to 10:00 pm on every Friday, which means that you will have more time to explore the museum on Fridays. In addition to that, you should also take note of the fact that the museum will be open from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (closing at 10:00 pm on Fridays and 09:00 pm on Saturdays) during the summer holidays.
Red Light District
The infamous and lively neighborhood of Amsterdam that attracts millions of tourists every year is something you don’t want to miss during your Amsterdam tours. The salacious reputation and the red-lit brothels are not the only things the Red Light District in Amsterdam is famous for. Some of the delicious restaurants, excellent bars, prettiest canals, and several shopping centers are also located in this part of the city.
The narrow alleys and the winding cobblestone streets of the Red Light District can tell you a lot about the history and character of Amsterdam. It is true that this controversial neighborhood in the city is not for everyone, but it certainly has a lot to offer than sex shops and prostitutes.
One of the major highlights of the Red Light District is the Red Light Secrets Museum, which was opened only a few years ago. This museum offers a behind-the-scenes insight and glimpse into the world’s oldest profession in the world, which is prostitution. Tourists who love to know more about the topic should head straight to the Erotic Museum for eyebrow-raising displays and bondage exhibits. In addition to that, you could also check out the Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel if you are interested in more raunchy exhibits.
If you still have time and if you are in search of a unique Amsterdamian experience, then visit either the Baba or the Greenhouse coffee shop in the city. You can find different varieties of cannabis and enjoy them with your friends at any one of these cafes. However, it is crucial to note that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol in coffee shops are illegal, unless stated otherwise. So, try to avoid it and enjoy a fun and adventurous visit to Amsterdam.