Amsterdam City Guide


Charming bridges, rustic canals, and the carefree atmosphere are just few of the many wonderful reasons why one will love Amsterdam. It is only in the ‘Dam that you’ll hear a man sporting a wild hairstyle playing a trumpet and an organ on a boat’s nutshell, while he does the steering with his feet. – This scene is one that shows how this beautiful city, after a few years, has been able to find its old self – open-minded, imaginative, and quirky. Talk about religious freedom, immigration crackdowns, and red-light districts. While the Dutch society’s core values that everyone knew and loved stay intact, newcomers who wish to be part of the community are very much welcome. And if some people wonder about tolerance in this freewheeling city, it has not really gone out in style; it just had a nice makeover. So if you are into studded jockstraps, reefer madness, practicing your faith, or even turning away from it, there is no problem; in Amsterdam breathing is really easy. Aside from that, the gorgeous looks of the city have not washed out either. The luxuriant Vondelpark, the fascinating lanes of Jordaan, and even the villas of the old merchants are as magnificent now as they used to be in the past centuries. Golden Age art fill up museums, cafes are generally full, and people party all night long as if there is no tomorrow. Visiting Amsterdam any time of the year would be quite a delight, but for those who want to experience endless parades of festivals, summer is the best time of the year to get to the city. So if you wish to relax while enjoying at the same time, join the fun in Amsterdam and make the most out of that visit by taking note of the following guides: Be sure to bag an umbrella. The weather in Amsterdam can be whimsically moody. However, it could be quite fortunate to have showers that usually go by quickly. Cash is definitely a must-have. There are so many bars, restaurant, and shops that have so many amazing things to offer any visitor. Generally, only Dutch debit cards or cash are accepted. Making sure that you are armed with enough cash is ensuring a very good experience of the city. Be very mindful of where you are walking. Walking in the bike lane will surely get you cursed, hurt, or most definitely even both. Lanes for bicycles are unmistakably marked red. Just like in any busy street, it will be wise to look to your left and to your right and cross really fast. Just make sure that the light is green. Bicycles are how locals get around the city. Why not be one with them and hire a bike? It is pretty cheap and it provides a nice way to experience Amsterdam. Aside from that, you get to be kinder to the environment. Get a taste of some herring. Dutch people love Hollandse Nieuwe and May to July is the season of herring-eating. Just remember not to dangle the tiny fish over your mouth. Apparently locals eat it in a more civilized way using toothpick as utensil; very far from what you usually see in tourist brochures. Apple pie is the most famous sweet treat in Holland. Why not visit Jordaan and have a bite? If you decide to visit a coffee shop, remember to follow certain etiquettes: 1) Buying and drinking alcohol is not permissible; 2) Smoking tobacco-containing cigarettes or joints is prohibited, though marijuana joints are fine; 3) Cannabis may be tolerated but it isn’t really legal. Seeing those prostitutes in glass windows could be quite fascinating. However, taking their photos is a big no no. Aside from the possibility if getting your cam tossed into a canal, it is apparently disrespectful. Lastly, getting lost in Amsterdam is totally acceptable, especially for visitors. The city is a web of bridges and canals. There is no need to panic. There are a lot of locals who would be pleased to help you find your way, especially once you get hold of your map. Besides, getting lost can actually be part of such a fun adventure.

OTHER NETHERLANDS CITY GUIDES

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The Hague
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Zandvoort
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Amsterdam
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Scheveningen