Part idyllic Dutch port city and part forbidden paradise, the name Amsterdam instantly captures the imagination with thoughts of pointed roofs, twinkling lights, and crisscrossing canals. The city delivers on its reputation for cutting-edge everything, from entertainment to the arts to a tech scene fast rivaling Silicon Valley. You can get around Centrum by foot, bus or metro, but bicycles are the most common mode of transport for locals and tourists alike. Renting one is €8-10 for the day – just remember to find luggage storage in Amsterdam with Stasher, or you’ll need a sidecar!
Most points of interest are in the historic Old Centre or Amsterdam-Centrum, but ferry service from Centraal Station across the River IJ is free for the curious and thorough.
- Landmarks & architecture: Grachtengordel canal system, Montelbaanstoren tower, Anne Frank House, Royal Palace (https://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en/visit/) and Dam Square
- Esoteric and exotic: Heineken Brewery, Hash & Hemp Museum, Red Light District, Medieval Torture Museum
- Bars, clubs and coffee shops: Leidseplein Square, Rembrandtplein, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk (LGBT+)
Snack your way between museums and galleries to sample Dutch favorites like stroopwafel, fried fish bites or kibbeling, and smothered fries at any number street market stalls.
Staying late? Enjoy the lights at Magere Brug, or “Skinny Bridge,” and take a nighttime river cruise, or head upriver to hit the clubs on Amstelstraat.
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