The Netherlands, and most-popularly its capital Amsterdam, are destinations worth visiting any time of the year. From the predictable and famous attractions to the slightly more obscure offerings, it’s a place of many cultures and much to see.
Classic Tourist Spots
Everyone should see Anne Frank’s House at some point in their lives, although save the experience for a rainy day, while the world’s only floating flower market, the Bloemenmarket, is great for a sunny day’s walk to see world-famous tulips and more. But Amsterdam’s collection of museums are something to be admired, whatever your taste.
One of the best of the bunch is the Rijksmuseum, which is home to thousands of pieces of artwork including Rembrandt’s De Nachtwacht, while the Rembrandt House Museum and Van Gogh Museum are dedicated to specific artists. For lovers of modern art, the Stedelijk Museum features artwork from Henri Matisse to Yves Klein.
Off The Beaten Track
The Red Light District is a popular area for stag dos, but for more of an informational alternative experience try the Sex, Erotic, Hash and Torture Museums. For a true Amsterdam experience, try out some of the huge variety of coffee shops; putting a little effort into the research will help you find somewhere enjoyable away from the main streets, whether you’re looking for good hash, grass or some powerful space cakes.
If you’re unsure what you would like to try, free information is available at the Cannabis College, or visit Suzy Seeds beforehand to get an idea of the kind of strains you could try out there and later buy online. Once you’ve tried a few, head to the truly original Electric Ladyland, the world’s only museum of Fluorescent Art for an interactive tour by the artist himself, and maybe pick up a piece of unique art.
There are some remarkable experiences to be hand in Amsterdam that you won’t have to pay an entry free for. If you can, try some traditional Dutch cheese – even if only from a supermarket. Purchase some chips with mayonnaise from a fast-food vendor or food automat, and take your pick of Amsterdam’s extensive selection of top-quality Argentinian steak restaurants. Walk along the canals or splash out for a boat trip if you can, and visit one of the beautiful scenes in the Dam; the Vondelpark.
Amsterdam isn’t all about raucous English binge-drinkers invading the Red Light District – it’s a thriving, beautiful city with an incredible amount to see and do. Just don’t forget to put some time aside for a good old fashioned wander around the city to enjoy the buildings, the graffiti, the people. And keep an eye out for cyclists.