Amsterdam’s secret attractions

Everyone is obsessed with Amsterdam and they are right. It’s a fun city where you can do a lot of things that you can’t when you are home. In the summer it gets even busier with tourists from all over the world. Apparently many tourists come by with various plans, it could be ordinary touristy plans like going to some museums and making photographs in the canals or smoking weed and doing something so fancy. I made it to Amsterdam after 8 years and spent a week there. The whole city has lots of fun things to do and also beautiful canals you can walk by. Are you planning an Amsterdam trip? I hope my post helps you out!

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Don’t forget the museums

Amsterdam is full of interesting museums, though they are a bit costly for tourists. Thus, I suggest you to get a Holland card (info) once you get the card you will be able to travel cheap in the whole Netherlands, not only museums. While there are a lot of museums you can visit, I strongly recommend you to visit at least three museums.

1.Van Gogh Museum
It’s an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam.
Cost – 17 Euro for an adult

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A beautiful park right next to Van Gogh Museum

2.Rijksmuseum
A Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.
Cost – 17.50 Euro for an adult

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(The IAmsterdam Statues are right next to the museum by the way)

3.Anne Frank House

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The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Cost – 9.50 Euro
(In order to visit the Anne Frank House, you are asked to book through internet at least 2 weeks in advance. Obviously you may go there whenever you want but you will have to wait minimum half an hour, usually it’s very busy.)

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Watch out the bikes around you in Holland

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Some of you may ask me why I don’t recommend Sex Museum as a must go place, well I had been there already 8 years ago but I wasn’t so impressed by it.
Besides those three above, there are still a lot. Many dutch students get a museum card (70 euro per year) and visit any museums they want. I think it couldn’t be wiser if you plan to stay in The Netherlands for a long time.

Canals

 

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You will see a load of different canals in Amsterdam, they all look similar but if you look at them closer you will be able to see the fact that every canal has its own beauty. In summer season many people take a boat tour through the beautiful canals in Amsterdam. People also tend to eat and drink on the boat with friends or family.

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Westerpark

The Netherlands is a park heaven, if you are fond of spending relaxing times in a park, Amsterdam will be your favorite city. Among all the parks I have been to in Amsterdam, I’d pick Westerpark as my big favorite.

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We were five of us. A Dutch guy, An American girl, A Bulgarian girl, A Brazilian guy and me

I was invited to a Couchsurfing hangout when I was chilling by myself at a cafeteria near Dam Square (aka one of the busiest squares in Amsterdam) so I headed off right away to the park. Fortunately Westerpark hasn’t been as well known as other places by tourists, I kinda feel bad advertising it on my blog but whatever haha. It’s a very relaxing place where you can simply take a nap, bbq or just chill with your friends. It’s also pretty close to Central Station, approximately 15 minutes by walk.

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On the way to the Central Station from Westerpark


Smoke & Nightlife

Ready for Amsterdam’s highlight? I’m sorry if you don’t really like smoking but while it’s legal in the Netherlands, I think it’s a must do thing. In Amsterdam you will find out more than 100 coffee houses where you can smoke weed and are definitely full of tourists, obviously many locals come by but their purpose is to meet foreigners. It means most coffee houses in the city can be pretty touristy as well.

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Odd. Welcome to Amsterdam.

One day I met up with Mark and we had a blast.
Amsterdam’s nightlife is also very entertaining, there are lots of bars, clubs and cafes. If you would like to meet new people and make friends, you are in the right place. Dutch DJs are internationally famous for some reason and you will easily find out why, when you visit Amsterdam.

Well, if you ask me I’d suggest you The Cuckoo’s Nest as my favorite bar in Amsterdam.

Haarlem

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Got bored of Amsterdam? Don’t worry and get a train ticket to Haarlem for a day. Do you think A day is too long? Then half a day. It’s only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station by train and also pretty small, so you won’t need a day to explore it. Nevertheless you can still see lots of beautiful buildings and such romantic canals in the city. My tip for you is renting a bike (it won’t be so costly!) and explore the whole city.

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A friend of mine from Holland had recommend me to go to the Jopenkerk which used to be a church in the past and has become an incredible brewery. Unluckily I couldn’t make it there due to lack of time. My Japanese friend Ryusuke and I had a blast in the city nonetheless.

Amsterdam is exotically mixed, from the people you see to their own cultures. Did you know that The Netherlands used to be the biggest islamic country back then? Well, only when Indonesia used to belong to them. I still find it interesting, such a small country always has been one of Europe’s powerhouses in terms of economy, politics and actually everything.

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Have you been to Amsterdam? What’re your favorite coffeehouses to smoke at?

All the love,
Felix

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Hello world, I'm a treasure hunter of life experiences. I'm curious minded with a strong force for discovery and adventure. These days I spend most of my time living out of a backpack, traveling from one country to the next.

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