Amsterdam is without a doubt my favourite place to go for a weekend. The surroundings and way of life in this beautiful city really make it the perfect break from our busy working lives, giving you the chance to relax, clear your head and come back feeling completely refreshed. Here are my main reasons for suggesting Amsterdam as a place you NEED to visit.
Artistic Heritage and history
Everywhere you walk in this city, you really do appreciate how clean and fresh it is. The hundreds of small side streets with a rather vintage look and feel are a breath of fresh air compared to the busy working cities we are used to. The city has a rich architectural culture with the oldest building dating back to 1306. The people of Amsterdam are proud of the city they have, their are many museums you can visit to learn about the history of Amsterdam and the stories behind the buildings that still stand tall so many years later. One of the most popular museums is the Anne Frank Museum, you get a glimpse into what life was like living in a secret annex and how important it was for the family to stay hidden from the evil that was around. There is also the Van Gogh museum, if you enjoy art you need to visit here and view the incredible collection.
If you aren't content with walking around admiring the scenery in the city, there is also the centre where you can find many shops that we have in the UK such as Zara, Adidas, Footlocker, but some of these shops are 3/4 stories high and have a lot more variety in store. I would definitely recommend taking a good amount of money if you plan to shop as there really are so many shops you can visit. To be honest, I think the shopping experience is a lot more relaxing than if you were shopping in Manchester/London for example, The shops also seem to take on the artistic feel of the city and are actually quite enjoyable just to walk around.
The food in Amsterdam. Wow. Foods from all over the world are available all across the city so you definitely won't go hungry. You can go to a restaurant, sit down and enjoy a meal or you may just want to stop in at Wok-in-a-box for a chinese takeout or even grab a pizza or burger from one of the food vending machines around the city (It's all cooked fresh and put into the vending machine for you to collect straight away). Even the sweet shops are unreal, and have sweets/chocolate from every part of the world!
At night, Amsterdam comes alive. The bars across the city give you the opportunity to make the night a BIG one, whether you want to go to a fancy bar or an Irish Pub to meet other tourists, your guaranteed to have a good time. The Red Light District also wakes up, You need to visit here even if it's just to say you've been! Its completely unlike anything you have seen before. There are plenty of great bars and the atmosphere is lively all across the district, as this place does get quite busy with people walking up and down the district just for the experience or maybe for a bit more 😁. There are also quiet areas you can go and visit where you can just relax, have a meal or a drink or a smoke if you are interested in visiting the coffeeshops!
Amsterdam as a city, openly tolerates recreational drug use. There are many coffee shops across the city which are legally allowed to sell marijuana. It may not be for you, but if it is you can sit in one of the many coffee shops and smoke a joint while having a coffee or tucking in to some nice food. The coffee shops vary, some are much more vibrant and have televisions and comfy sofas, where others can be a lot quieter. Bulldog coffeeshop is quite popular for tourists as it shows the history of marijuana in Amsterdam and the coffeeshop itself has quite a history behind it. As mentioned before, the red light district is unlike anything you have seen before and shows off the other side of dutch culture where prostitution is legal. The windows which are glowing with red lights, have prostitutes behind them, where it is legal for you to go and sleep with them for money. Absolutely crazy to say there are so many of these girls around the district, which has now become a tourist attraction, even though it is illegal pretty much everywhere else in the world.
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