Amsterdam, with itsabundance of bars and infamous Red Light District, is known around the world asthe premier party city. But the Dutchcapital is famous for much more than partying, it’s internationally renownedfor its 17th-century canals, its canal houses with beautiful facades, itsmuseums great and small, and, of course, its coffee shop culture.
The city, sometimes known as the "Venice ofthe North ', is built along a network of canals spanned by countless bridges. Amsterdam'smuseums and coffee shops are the main attractions during the day, while themasses hit the bars and clubs around the various squares and the Red LightDistrict in the evenings. The people of Amsterdamare a truly cosmopolitan folk and are known for their liberal world view,making the city a multicultural capital that welcomes everyone.
Narrow cobbled streets, limited parking and atangle of trams make a ride by car pretty much impossible. No worries though,you can easily cover the compact city centre on foot or by bicycle, oralternatively use the extensive public transport network. Book a canal cruiseand admire the old city centre in leisure and learn more about the strange townhistory and discover fine examples of commerce with typical Amsterdamfacades.
A truly historic city, Amsterdamhas its roots in the 13th century, but the network of canals has its origins inthe 17th century. The canal is now a world heritage site. But Amsterdamis also home to modern history, with many famous monuments and theheartbreaking Anne Frank House.
Head to the centre of the city and check out DamSquare, visit the Royal Palace and admire the wax figures at Madame Tussauds.Nearby you'll find the red light district, its narrow streets known for theirbars and kinky establishments. But it’s not all adult entertainment; thefamily-friendly Nieuwmarkt is a square full of restaurants and eateries of allkinds.
Just outside the Canal is the Museum Quarter. Notrip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Van Gogh Museum andRijksmuseum, both showing off collections of the world famous Dutch school. Thenonce you’ve taken in the cultural offerings, relax on the grass of the nearbyVondelpark or stroll at your leisure to the Leidseplein, a hub for music andnightlife.
Younger tourists feel particularly attracted to Amsterdamfor its free spirit, and they won’t be disappointed. Tourists looking for arefined cultural experience will find plenty in this old but beautifullypreserved city. Whatever you want from a holiday, Amsterdamhas it.