Are you planning to spend a weekend in Amsterdam? Here are some things you can do to make your stay more memorable.
1. Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Amsterdam
Immerse yourself in the golden past of the city by visiting its famous museums. The Amsterdams Historisch Museum and the Amstelkring Museum are particularly popular with tourists. They present objects from 700 years ago.
2. Get lost in the maze of channels
165 canals flow through Amsterdam. The most beautiful of them is Prinsengracht. On both sides of these channels you can find shops, galleries and authentic cafes. Around the canals there is little traffic, which makes them ideal places for a pleasant walk.
3. Visit the parks
Vondelpark, whose name comes from the famous poet Joost van den Vondel, is the largest green space in Amsterdam. It is a great place to visit during the summer. The park is the center of cultural activities. In the Nederlands Filmmuseum there is a cinema and a Picasso sculpture. Vondelpark Openluchttheater becomes a place of dance, music and activities for children from June to September.
4. Get on the bike
Amsterdam is the most bicycle friendly city in the world. In fact, cycling is a Dutch way of getting around the city. Rent a bike and move around the city like a free soul citizen of the world. In Amsterdam, you can rent a bike from many places. You can also book guided bike tours.
5. Try the local cuisine
Taste authentic Dutch cuisine. If you are visiting the city between May and July, you should try to eat raw herring. This is a type of fish very popular in the Netherlands.
6. Marvel at the Golden Age art
Go and see the works of famous painters Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum, perhaps the city's most famous museum, has the largest collection of works of art and artifacts in the country from the 15th century to 1900, including 40 paintings by Rembrandt and four by Vermeers. At the Stedelijk Museum you will find an amazing collection of 20th-century artists.
7. Immerse yourself in ice skating
If you visit Amsterdam in winter, you can go ice skating. In the winter months, frozen canals become an ideal playground for residents interested in ice skating. In the summer, you can meet park residents and tourists ice skating through the park.
8. Visit the flea market
Amsterdam is home to people from all over the world. You can feel this multi-ethnicity by visiting a flea market. The most famous is Albert Cuypmarkt, from which you can buy everything from smoked eel to Surberian sherbets.