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Destination Amsterdam

WHY TO VISIT AMSTERDAM

We tell you right away: if you are looking for information on the Amsterdam of free sex and drugs, this is not the right guide. We will also talk about this but only because it is part of the libertarian soul that has always characterized Amsterdam. Nothing more. Those who have been in Amsterdam know that it is not "the city where everything is allowed" as imagined by those who have never set foot in the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam is a city in which the rules are rigid and must be respected, under penalty and jail. Within these rules, then, are granted many freedoms, like smoking drugs in a coffee shop or choosing a prostitute in the red light district.

What we have to say about this "version" of Amsterdam ends here: we invite you instead to discover the Amsterdam of its illustrious museums (those of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, just to name a few), where you can be amazed by the best masterpieces of world art and, of the multiple activities in the arts, in dance, in theater, in music for which the city boasts the title of cultural center of the Netherlands.

And yet, the Amsterdam with its seductive architecture, with the typical tympanum houses, which are reflected in the countless labyrinths of water that cross it, and the futuristic buildings that make their way through the facades of historic buildings. Not to mention the colorful and fragrant places of Amsterdam, think of Singel's ancient floating flower market or the bustling public garden of Westerpark, and the old neighborhoods, such as the old Jewish quarter and the "Women's" neighborhood. The Anne Frank House-Museum, a place of unmissable memory, is part of the Jewish history of the city.

But that is not all. Amsterdam will charm you with its look of a calm, grand village with a romantic atmosphere and a striking Renaissance center, recently recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, made of cobbled streets, bridges and enchanting canals that remind Venice; and then it will inspire you with its free and tolerant spirit. And if this is not enough: cosmopolitan, dynamic and trendy capital, the undisputed metropolis of entertainment and a frenetic nightlife. What about more?! There is really for everyone!

WHAT TO SEE IN AMSTERDAM

Top attractions not to be missed are:

  • Dam Square & Royal Palace
  • Nieuwmarkt
  • Oude Kerk
  • Jordaan district
  • Centraal Station
  • Red Light District
  • The canals: The Amstel, Keizersgracht,  Brouwersgracht, Herengracht, De Duif
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • Anne Frank House

Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!

  • A'dam Lookout for a 360° view and, for the braves, a swing on on the city
  • Zaandam district
  • Begijnhof
  • Rederij Plas low cost canal cruise
  • Skip Noord neighborhood (Nieuwendammerdijk and Schellingwouderdijk streets)

WHEN TO GO TO AMSTERDAM

Best period to visit Amsterdam is from May to September.

Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Amsterdam.

  • Koningsdag - King's Day (April, 27)
  • Light Festival
  • Tulip Day (January, 21)

HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN AMSTERDAM

main airport is Schipol Airport.

public transport

download the transportation map

download the transportation APP for IOs and Android

 

WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

typical  dishes of Amsterdam are:

  • Fish and Sellfish: Lobster, Mixed grilled fish of daily catch, Hollandse Nieuwe Haring, raw herring fillets accompanied by pickles and onions or Smoked eel, (gerookte paling);
  • Erwtensoep, thick pea soup flavored with sausage, makes a filling repast; some version of it is often served by the local pub in winter;
  • Vlaamse frites (French fries) is a popular snack, customarily served with a gob of mayonnaise, though curry or peanut sauce are more exotic toppings;
  • Poffertjes, tiny pancakes often laced with Grand Marnier and dusted with confectioners sugar--are a teatime favourite;
  • Stamppot, is a hearty, traditional mash-up of potatoes with endive, turnips or some other earthy vegetable, customarily accompanied by smoked sausage;
  • Poffertjes, small, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, typically served topped with powdered sugar and butter;
  • Appeltaart, an apple pie with dough on top and bottom, filled with chunks of apple flavored with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice;
  • Bitterballen, cruncy balls of mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices, battered in a crunchy breadcrumb, typically served with mustard for dipping;
  • Rookworst, sausage made of ground meat mixed with spices and salt and is often served with dishes such as stamppot;
  • Poffertjes, small, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, typically served topped with powdered sugar and butter;
  • Appeltaart, an apple pie with dough on top and bottom, filled with chunks of apple flavored with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice;
  • Stroopwafels, waffle cookie made from two thin layers of batter with a sticky syrup filling in the middle;
  • Chocoladeletters, Dutch candy made of chocolate in the form of a letter.
  • Koffie Verkeerd, a hot cup of coffee with a lot of warm milk with steamed milk on top;
  • Goudse Kaas, the typical Gouda cheese
  • Beer

typical  souvenirs of Amsterdam are:

  • Wooden clogs;
  • Flower and Tulip bulbs;
  • China kissing kids;
  • Design, art and antiques;
  • Stroopwafels, Edam and Gouda cheese, beerJenever (Dutch Gin)

The main theatres of Amsterdam are Muziektheater and Stadsschouwburg.

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