Decided it is now time for you to discover Amsterdam… but you do not want to read too much? Read this article dedicated to Amsterdam!
Visiting Amsterdam: extensive program, even if the city does not look gigantic. Besides your cravings, your whims and your budget, you will have to deal with two major factors to carry out your mission. For starters, time – the one you have in front of you. The other not insignificant: time – the one that he makes outside.
To help you, here is a small program, mixing the inescapable of Amsterdam with my proposals, more unusual.
Discover the city (fast and convenient)
An overview of the city in 24h? It’s possible, with a little organization!
Think fast and efficient: the day before your arrival, book the guided tour ” City Center and canals ” by bicycle at Amsterdam Vélo. This very young company specializes in tours for francophones. Allow 3Hrs for a visit accompanied by a guide.
You will discover the canals, the secrets of Dutch architecture, the unusual places, the secrets and the hidden gardens, the riches of the Golden Age. You will follow all the important monuments of the history of The capital of the Netherlands: the Dam, the typical Jordaan district, the Anne Frank house, the green Vondelpark and many more.
The Van Gogh Museum
It is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the Dutch painter, a must if you like the work of Vincent Van Gogh. All the creative phases of the painter are underlined, one can thus realize the evolution of his work. Works of other contemporaries are also on display. Many visitors are there, so think about buying your ticket beforehand.
Red Light District
From the central station, you are only a few hundred meters from this well-known district. Although its streets are famous for its red lights and seductive windows, they are nevertheless the oldest streets in the city and are full of history and anecdotes.
The main streets Warmoesstraat, Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudezijds Achterburgwal, are home to Coffee Shops where you can smoke pot using a vaporisateur weed and Sex shops in chaos, while the lanes that connect them place you closer to the shop windows and their charming occupants. It will tell you that the place is much more alive at night, much redder and photogenic too.
For just one day in the city, you will want to be in the city center, i.e., the area delimited by the belt of the main canals (the outermost being the Prinsengracht). From the railway station, for example, go through the Red Light District, then stop at the beautiful Nieuwmarkt square, if possible at Stevens Café (the perfect order: a local beer, a portion of “out kaas” and Bitterballen “).
Go straight down Kloverniersburgwal, take a look at the Hotel Droog, an institution in the world of Dutch design. If you have not stopped above, take a break at Café de Jaren. From there, head to the Flower Market and go up Singel to the Spui Square and its beguinage (read above). If a bit of window-shopping tempts you, go up the Kalverstaat towards the North, and once your shopping settles you head towards the Dam, main square, and navel of the city.