“Blog Post Type: Planning a Trip to a City”
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s premier cities. Capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme — dam on the river Amstel. Amsterdam is the financial and business capital of the Netherlands and is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations with over 4.5 million visitors exploring this great city every year. If you are going to visit Amsterdam, here are 10 tips to consider when planning your trip.
1. Rent a bike. Amsterdam is very bike friendly and the locals love to travel via this method. Biking everywhere is eco-friendly and great exercise. If you choose not to bike, stay clear of the bike lanes to mitigate risk of getting hurt.
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2. Visiting Amsterdam’s coffee shops is a must. Which ones? Any and all of them. Don’t expect to buy cannabis or alcohol in coffee houses. You may have heard differently, but don’t expect it. Enjoy your coffee and conversations.
3. The Red Light District is infamous for prostitutes enticing people in street windows for some fun. Don’t photograph them or you may find your camera at the bottom of a river.
4. Amsterdam’s weather is mild throughout the year. Pack rain gear and/or have an umbrella handy. Anticipate hot days in July and August and the winter months are not as extreme as other European countries.
5. If you are getting around Amsterdam by tram, make sure you have a valid ticket or it will cost you more (fine/fee). Purchase a strippenkaart (a strip of tickets) and you’ll be ready in advance and will avoid any hassles.
6. Take a canal cruise. Holland’s largest tourist attraction guides over 3 million visitors a year through the waterways of Amsterdam. The tour is not only peaceful, but eco-friendly as well where 60 people on a boat produce less CO2 than the same number would travel via traditional modes of transportation.
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7. Visit one or more of Amsterdam’s 60 museums including the big three — The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, or the Stedelijk Museum. Each have their own flair and excitement and will even impress the art novice.
8. If you are traveling with children, take them to The Amsterdam Dungeon where everyone will laugh and scream on an 80 minute journey highlighting 500 years of Amsterdam’s horrible history. The Tropenmusem and the Science Center NEMO will dazzle, delight, and educate children in a positive way giving them new perspectives of the world.
9. Money and currency — the form of currency used in Amsterdam is the Euro and no other currencies are commonly accepted. Exchange your currency before you go or first thing when you arrive. The preferred method of payment is Euro cash with banknotes up to a 50 Euro bill.
10. Budget friendly hotels in Amsterdam help put cash back in your pocket for your adventures through this great European city. Splurge on museums, nightlife, food, and entertainment while saving money on your hotel stay. There are plenty of cheap hotels to choose from and Amsterdam’s hospitable people will make your stay one you’ll share and recommend to friends and family.
About the Writer
Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He is based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.