Top 5 Attractions in Amsterdam You Can’t Afford to Miss
With everything as if painted by a talented artist, Amsterdam is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Whether it’s amazing canal network or paintings by Van Gough or rolling farms of tulips or lovely parks or anything, Amsterdam has something for everyone. The list of attractions in the Netherlands’ capital is endless. Still, here we try to enlist some of the most appealing ones.
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1. Visit Museumplein
Home to the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Museumplein is the cultural hub of Amsterdam. The recently renovated 19th century leafy district of Oud-Zuid is the utopia for art-lovers and the open square between buildings is full of activity. Wherever your eyes turn, you will find open-air exhibitions and markets, and there is a large paddling pool too to greet you on warmer days. If it’s winter, you’ll find the square turned into a vast outdoor ice rink.
2. Visit the Arty Jordaan
If you want to get lost back in time, visit the most charming neighborhood of Amsterdam, the Jordaan. It has narrow streets and quaint buildings, making up one of the most coveted quarters, sprinkled with antique shops, independent art galleries, atmospheric bars and restaurants, and courtyard gardens. Get lost into the narrow lanes sprawling eastwards from Prinsengracht canal called 9 Streets and have the city’s most rewarding shopping experience.
3. Ferry to North Amsterdam
Several Amsterdam visitors fail to explore the north of Amsterdam which is unfortunate given its colorful gustatory scene prospered along the canals. A short amazing ferry trip will take you to many drop off points including the cultural hotspot NDSM, where there are a number of waterside hip hangouts, and ongoing festivals and events.
4. Canal Cruise
Built in the 17th century to protect the city from the sea, the UNESCO-protected canal belt of Amsterdam is the picture-perfect sight of Amsterdam and an incredibly beautiful vista both at day and night, when the bridges are lit up and the entire area glows like a magical land. In such an atmosphere, taking a canal cruise tour is truly unforgettable to enjoy the epitome of the city’s charm. The guide will make you aware of some of the most amazing facts about the city too.
5. Herring from Herring Cart
Raw herring may not sound very pleasant if you are a first-timer, but once you taste it you will fall in love with it. The Dutch specialty is sold on Haringhandels (herring carts) spread everywhere. Ask for a “broodje haring” i.e. a small herring sandwich with onions and pickles.
So, when are you planning to visit the Dutch capital? I have started planning right away!