Do you have Amsterdam on your next trip? Here’s some tips why you made the right choice of planning this trip!
A walk around the canal will soothe you
Dubbed as the Venice of the North, it covers more than 100 kilometers (62 miles). The canals are one of the defining features of the city. These 17th century canals are also under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are visiting Amsterdam, a canal cruise is a must. Rent a boat along the canals and enjoy the day!
Bikes, bikes and more bikes
Everyone in Amsterdam seems to get around by bike. In fact, the Dutch capital is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. So rent a bike and explore the city – it’s the fastest and cheapest way to get around.
Chill out with Amsterdammers
If you want to surprise your dutch friends, use the colloquial ‘Mokummer’! Amsterdammers are known to be the friendliest people you’ll meet. Not to worry about language barriers as they speak fluent English and other languages.
Learn and appreciate Architecture
Canal houses, windmills, Renaissance buildings and contemporary structures. You name it and Amsterdam has all the right ingredients for your dosage of architecture appreciation.
Keukenhof is just a train ride away
Keukenhof park is just half an hour away from Amsterdam. It’s one of the most beautiful gardens in the world filled with at least 7 million spring-flowering bulbs. It’s only open from March 24-May 16, so time your trip accordingly.
There’s a theatre festival parade every summer with a lot of performances. But the best parade you can attend in the city is the Gay Pride Festival because their floats literally float! The whole city becomes an explosion of colour, and you’ll be hard pressed to not crack a smile at the energy and outfits around you. Wear your most colourful and outlandish garments and get involved in one of Amsterdam’s happiest festivals of the year.
If Paris has crepes and London has their fish and chips… Amsterdam has waffles. If you order a Stroopwaffle, you’ll get two two wafers with a caramel syrup (stroop) in the middle. You can also get Belgian-style Liège waffles with chocolate syrup, sugar, fruits and whip cream. Yum! The locals leave the waffle on top of their mug of hot tea or hot chocolate, so that the caramel inside melts. Once the inside is warm and gooey, then it’s perfect to eat!
Also known as Vlaamse frites. You can top your fries with whatever sauce you want. They’re all delicious! Served in a typical cone, it’s the ideal street food that you can enjoy while strolling around the city.
You can get Doner in a lot of European countries but they’re everywhere in Amsterdam. They’re especially great to round out a night of drinking.
Their own version of pancakes
Pannekoeken are giant Dutch pancakes (they can be as big as a dinner plate) and are topped with sweet ingredients like fruit or savoury ones like meat or cheese. They also have miniature pancakes and they call them Poffertjes. They’re extra fluffy!
If you’re a bring drinker, you’ve come to the right place
Founded in Amsterdam in 1873, what better way to experience the third largest commercially brewed beer in the World than in the city in which it originates? You can even go and visit the Heineken experience!
Gezelligheid is a Dutch abstract noun that’s used to describe the Dutch culture. It can’t be translated to any other language but it can mean cosy, friendly, fun and/or welcoming. It can refer to the sensation of living in a friendly community and feeling content.
So pack your bags and it’s time to get the next flight out to Amsterdam! Laten We Gaan!