Amsterdam has a blend of traditional and modern cultures, and the nation’s capital is home to plenty of picturesque landscapes. These are so picturesque that some famous Dutch painters made landscape genre paintings based on them. The Dutch capital is known for the ring of canals and stunning architecture. The residences that line the canals here are the perfect example of the city’s architectural elegance.
You must try taking an Amsterdam bike tour to enjoy your trip to the maximum level. The Netherlands capital is a bike-friendly place, with several bicycle lanes spread across it. Bicycling plays a big part in the Dutch people’s lives. You cannot get enough of Amsterdam, but if you only have a few days to spend here, you must also try this.
Several Dutch tour operators have a private boat, which tends to depart from the Centraal station area. Taking an Amsterdam canal tour is still the better way to explore the city than all other ways. Seeing the city thus is to experience its beauty like some of those ancient Dutch painters would have. In the afternoon, luxurious boats serve cocktail and dinner with a band playing live jazz to boot. Better yet, if you combine a canal trip with a museum visit, you will have a pretty good time exploring Amsterdam to its fullest.
Go To the Museums
This capital city is home to three of the world’s most popular museums. The Rijksmuseum houses a large collection of artifacts and artworks. The famous “Night Watch” painting by Rembrandt and the paintings by other notable Dutch artists are displayed here. The Van Gogh Museum has a bigger collection of the works of art by Vincent, who is among the most famous painters of all time.
Then there is the Anne Frank House, the residence of the famous diarist Annelies Marie Frank turned museum. It has Anne Frank’s diary, which narrates this Jewish girl’s experiences in the German-invaded Netherlands, and her notebooks. Housed in a Golden Age canal house, this museum is a touching place to visit during your trip to Amsterdam.
Johan Cruyff Stadium
Amsterdam has this stadium devoted to the great Dutch footballer, Hendrik Johannes Cruijff. It is the home stadium of AFC Ajax, where Cruyff played over 300 games, scored 250 goals and won many titles as a player. A tour of this arena includes a visit to the players’ changing rooms, a glimpse into how it operates and the Amsterdamsche Football Club’s Hall of Fame. The stadium visit will give you a sense of Amsterdam’s culture.