Things To Do In Amsterdam
From the city's finest art museums to its colorful flower markets and cannabis-selling “coffeeshops”, there's something exciting and unique to discover in Amsterdam at every turn.
Lose yourself in Amsterdam's Canal Belt: Criss-crossed by bridges, 165 canals encircle the city of Amsterdam and keep the sea at bay. The waterways provide an attractive border to the arty of the Museum Quarter, the Jordaan and the Piip. Within the pockets of land that their eclectic network creates, you can find shops, galleries and authentic cafes. The most picturesque of canals is Prinsengracht, lined by shady trees and funky houseboats. Smaller canal areas that are worth viviting include the historic Brouwersgracht, one of the city's most desirable residential addresses.
Explore Amsterdam's best museums: Delve into the past of the city at the Amsterdam Museum, which maps the last eight centuries of urban evolution using quirky found objects like 700-year-old-shoes. Next, hop over to the Museum “Ons Lieve Heer op Solder”, a charming hidden church that has been recently restored to its 17th century glory and winding up the day with a trip to the “Joods Historisch Museum” in the old jewish quarter. There is excellent children's wing, full of interactive exhibits and, predictably, the café does a mean bagel.
Explore Amsterdam's parks and canals (on skates): Tourists who enjoy skating, love Amsterdam. Traditionally in winter, the frozen canals provide a playground for ice-skating locals. In summer, tourists and locals enjoy skating through the park. All year around, at 9pm on a Friday night, a group of skating enthusiasts meet opposite in the Vondelpark to join a 20km, three-hour tour through the night streets.
Picnic in the Vondelpark: The largest green space in Amsterdam and a perfect place for a picnic. Yet it continues to thrive in the summertime, when people gather to smoke, drink and feast here. The park is also something of a cultural hub, with a number of sculptures including one by Picasso. From June to September, music, dance and kids activities take place at the Vondelpark.