Amsterdam – a tourist guide for the city of freedom!
Amsterdam is a dream city. The embodiment of freedom, it is always different, but at the same time, everyone will find here something to their liking.
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What to see?
The real treasure of the Netherlands and the best place to explore the history of the country. If you do not what to see in Amsterdam in the first place, then you can start with Rijksmuseum – at least, this is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. Here you will find not only the paintings of the Dutch masters of the Golden Age but also exhibitions devoted to crafts and art. Well, young visitors will be delighted with the exhibition of dollhouses of the XVII century.
The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. Entrance to the museum is paid: an adult ticket costs € 17.50, for children under 18 inclusive, admission is free.
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2. Canal Museum
You should start exploring the “water streets” from the Museum of Canals. Firstly, because you will learn many interesting things from the history of the Amsterdam Canal Rings, and secondly, after visiting the museum, you will probably find it easier to navigate in their diversity.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. Adult ticket costs € 8, for children (6-18 years) – € 6.
3. Royal Palace
Are you wondering how kings lived in the Netherlands? Then be sure to visit the royal palace of Amsterdam. The royal residence is open for ordinary tourists, because, there is something to see inside. Do not miss the chance to walk through the main chambers of the palace and pay tribute to the magnificent sculptures, furniture, and paintings of the XVII-XVIII centuries.
4. Church of St. Nicholas
This majestic landmark is located in the heart of the capital near the station square. It is worthwhile to inspect it not only from the outside but also from the inside. The luxurious interior in the Baroque style is impressive: stucco, and gilding, mosaic, carved ceilings and stained glass windows. On top of that, there is a nineteenth-century organ in the church.
The cathedral is open to the public on Mondays from 12:00 to 15:00, from Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 16:00 and on Saturdays from 12:00 to 15:00.
5. Science Museum NEMO
If you have already visited all the “serious” sights of Amsterdam and you want to see something new, take a look at NEMO. This center is a real find for children of all ages. A huge five-story ship is a great place to unleash imagination and have fun. There are labyrinths of crooked mirrors, real robots, games of knowledge of physics and chemistry, and a lot of other things.
Where to go?
1. Canals of Amsterdam
There is no trip to Amsterdam without visiting the canals! Do not be lazy and be sure to visit the most beautiful – Singel and Grachtengordel. Stroll along the canals, admiring the old houses, so similar to the illustrations from children’s fairy tales. For those who want to enjoy the views of Amsterdam from the water, not only a variety of boat trips and something more interesting is available: an individual tour with a guide on the captain’s boat. More information here.
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2. Python Bridge
A vivid example of Amsterdam’s originality and creative freedom is the Python Bridge, which connects the Sporenburg peninsula and the island of Borneo. The futuristic wriggling design looks especially colorful in the evening in the light of the lights – an excellent, “unmarked” place for a memorable photo.
3. Keukenhof Park
If you think about where to go in Amsterdam in the spring, then you should reserve a day for a trip to Keukenhof – it is outside of Amsterdam. There are 4.5 million tulips, one hundred different varieties of all kinds of colors and shades. Beside, Keukenhof – a great place for walking and rest from the bustle of the city. Also, there are three greenhouses, canals, alleys, lawns and ponds. If you get tired and hungry, then there are cafes and restaurants.
4. ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
If you do not know where to go with kids in Amsterdam, you have to go to the local zoo. On its territory, you can find 6 thousand species of animals from around the world, and also a planetarium, an aquarium, a botanical garden, and even a geological museum!
Prices for tickets: normal – € 23.00; 3-9 years – € 19.50; 0-2 years – free. Admission tickets can easily be ordered online for 2 euro less than at the cash register.
5. Amsterdam Flower Market
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The flower market in Amsterdam, first of all, is one of the oldest in the country, it is more than 300 years old. And secondly, it is the only floating flower market in the world. The main thing, do not forget after a walk through the flower rows to buy bulbs of real Dutch tulips. You can be sure this is the best souvenir! The market is located on the Singel Channel, not far from Dam Square.
Where to eat?
1. The Avocado Show
Fashionable, bright, appetizing, healthy and environmentally friendly. This restaurant emphasizes the status of Amsterdam as one of the most creative capitals of the world. The idea is as simple as possible – all dishes contain avocado. Yes, yes, and drinks too. If you love this oily vegetable, you should try the unusual green burger. More information here.
2. Ice Bakery Nutella
Ice Bakery are Nutella bakeries located throughout the city. The presented assortment of desserts (waffles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, donuts, pasta, cookies) combines a common ingredient – the famous chocolate paste. The only drawbacks of these bakeries are tourist overcrowding and prices are slightly above average.
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3. Bakers and Roosters
The interior of Bakers & Roasters is a mix of New Zealand and Brazilian styles. It is so colorful and beautiful that you just do not want to leave. A great option for those who are looking for where to eat in Amsterdam. The kitchen offers a very healthy menu: fruit and vegetable salads, milkshakes, fresh juices, smoothies. More information here.
4. De Kas
This Mediterranean restaurant is located in the winter garden (former greenhouse). The interior is truly magnificent: bright and modern. Meals at De Kas are made from organic ingredients grown locally. Therefore, the food is always tasty and fresh. The menu is updated weekly and depends on the seasonality of fruits and vegetables. The restaurant is located 20 minutes from the city, so it’s best to take a taxi. More information here.
5. Pancake Bakery
Pancake Bakery Pancake is located in a 17th-century building that once belonged to the Dutch East India Company. This is another place in Amsterdam, which offers a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the menu, you will find both sweet and savory pancakes. If you go with someone to Pancake Bakery Company, make sure to order something different – so you can try out more of the fantastic variety. More information here.
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