Why Amsterdam Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Published On February 24, 2017 | By Staff Writer | Travel Planning
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If you have yet to visit The Netherlands, you should add it to your travel bucket list for this year.  This is not one of those epic bucket list destinations too a far away, mythical type of place. Nevertheless, The Netherlands, especially the city of Amsterdam has a lot to offer every traveler that visits.

The Netherlands is a quick flight from most cities in Europe so if you live nearby then planning this trip should be quite easy for you.

For those that live a bit further off, here are a few reasons why that longer flight might just be worth it after all. If you want to know all there is to know before you go check out this definitive Amsterdam City guide. It’s enough to get you inspired and to get you moving towards planning your own trip to The Netherlands sooner than later!

The History

The Netherlands is made up of 12 distinct provinces each one with its own administrative rule. The Hauge and Amsterdam are arguably the most popular to visit.

Amsterdam as a city is picturesque and charming to say the least. You can almost feel the sense of history as you walk through the streets.

Some poignant historical sites to see while you are in Amsterdam include the Anne Frank Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, a gorgeous castle like structure that houses some of the finest pieces of artwork in the world just for starters.

The Freedoms & Culture

Cycling is a huge part of the transportation culture in Amsterdam and it is one of the best ways to see the city. It is largely popular with the locals and you can rent a bike rather economically and safely in Amsterdam.

There is also a burgeoning art scene in Amsterdam for those that love art. Biking around the city is a great way to find all the hip galleries and hidden studios that you might otherwise miss traveling through the city by car or taxi.

You should take a canal cruise as cliché as it may sound as everyone that visits Amsterdam probably embarks on one of these and for good reasons.

It is a beautiful and relaxing way to unwind after a long day touring the city by bike or on foot. It will also provide you with unbelievable photo opportunities that are more than Instagram worthy.

The canal cruises are guided and your tour guide will give you interesting and anecdotal facts about the city and specific landmarks as you cruise down the canals.

The Red Light District is also something to see. Although this may not be for everyone, if you choose to satisfy your own curiosity about the area, you can do so with a quick walk through.

Otherwise known as De Wallen by the locals, The Red Light District has a lot more to offer visitors than what it is most famous for. There are a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants that you can explore including upscale Dutch gin houses, breweries and even its very own Chinatown.

 

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