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Stepping out of the Centraal Station, you immediately feel the pulse of this brilliant city which is steeped in history, art, and culture. Famous for its “tolerant” culture and for its Red Light District, Amsterdam is a fascinating city, receiving tourists from all corners of the world. Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam too? Here are some tips to help you make the most of it:
Visit the Amsterdam Museum
In a city that hosts the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum; it’s easy to overlook the Amsterdam Museum–you shouldn’t. Open from 10 AM to 5 PM, the Amsterdam Museum is a great way to start exploring the city, especially because of its interactive exhibit, which will guide your way through various historic eras, helping you understand how the city of Amsterdam was created and how it became the bustling urban center it is nowadays.
Find accommodation in the Jordaan
Located about 20 minutes walk away from the central station, this area is dotted with restaurants and cafes attended by the locals. This is also where the Anne Frank House is situated. On Saturday, you can have a stroll in the organic market Noordermarkt.
Plan your visit to the Anne Frank house in advance
A top landmark in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank memorial house is visited by tens and hundreds of tourists every day. If you don’t want to waste your time standing in long lines, it is best you purchase your tickets online.
Eat some cheese
Amsterdam is a great place where to taste some delicious cheese, and don’t forget, there is more than Gouda and Edam to Amsterdam when it comes to cheese. One of our favorites is De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam in the heart of the Jordaan. For the serious cheese foodies, you can even visit the Amsterdam Cheese Museum in the city near the Anne Frank house.
Get on a bike to explore the city like a local
As you will soon understand, bikes are the locals’ preferred means of transport. Rent a one and have a ride around the city to experience it like a true Dutch. While walking, be aware of the bike lanes!
There are a million things to do in Amsterdam, so clearly these are just a few things to add to your itinerary.