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Guest Post: Top 5 things to do in Amsterdam

Clogs at the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a City bursting with culture; from its artistic heritage, canal system and traditional narrow houses with beautiful Dutch gabled facades to its vibrant and diverse nightlife there is always something to do and see.

In fact, there is such a wealth of attractions it can be hard to decide just what you should visit! Here are my top 5 things to do in Amsterdam.

CANAL CRUISE

Amsterdam is famed for its system of 165 man-made canals which were designed to facilitate trade and transport in the city. The canals are a UNESCO world heritage site and it is well worth boarding one of the many canal tour boats to see the city from the water where the view of the Dutch architecture is unparalleled.


There are many canal cruise options including hop-on-hop-off services, child-friendly adventures and intimate guided boat tours for smaller groups. If you are visiting with a partner why not try a romantic candlelit tour?

Amsterdam canal


ANNE FRANK MUSEUM

There are many museums in Amsterdam but one you shouldn’t miss is the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during their occupation, now the Anne Frank Museum. In the hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annexe, Anne wrote her world-renowned diary.

Walk through the hidden door behind the bookcase as described in Anne’s journal to view the permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank as well as an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination. Certainly, a humbling experience and one I am unlikely to forget.

BLOEMENMARKT

You can’t visit The Netherlands without marvelling at the extraordinary array of plants and flowers which they produce. Amsterdam boasts the only floating flower market in the world, built on houseboats! Although it’s usually bustling with tourists, if you have green fingers you need to take a look.

Tulips at the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam


Founded in 1862 the market has a vast array of bouquets, single flowers or bulbs available to buy. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus, geraniums, peonies and many other types of flowers in varieties you would never have seen before! You will also find other souvenirs like clogs and Delftware ceramics.

VAN GOGH MUSEUM

Amsterdam has many art galleries worth a visit, but my favourite is the Van Gogh Museum which showcases an extensive selection of works from throughout Van Gogh’s life including 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters! It also houses pieces by some of Van Gogh’s contemporaries.

The museum, located in Museum Square in the south of the city near to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Concertgebouw is made up of three floors each one representing a period in the artist’s life. Seeing the infamous Sunflowers (1889) in person is a must-see for any art lover.

BEGIJNHOF COURTYARD GARDEN

If you’re looking for an escape from the bustling city then pop into Amsterdam’s secret courtyard garden, the Begijnhof, for a breather. The picturesque garden is hidden from the main thoroughfare by surrounding traditional 16th century Dutch houses.

The Begijnhof features a stunning little 15th century English Church which is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Opposite the church, is the smaller Begijnhof chapel where Catholics and Beguines attended in secret up until 1795. 

A guest post from Micaela of Stylish London Living



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1 comment

  1. There seems like so much to do in Amsterdam & I have it on my bucket list of places to visit. Good tips on things to do there.

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