Just coffee shops, tulips and red-light districts? Amsterdam is much more. The vibrant Dutch city offers a lot of different experiences to the millions visitors who choose it for their holidays. From Van Gogh to old mills, from boat trips to bike tours, here is the guide for an unforgettable weekend in Amsterdam.
Visit the Botanical Garden
To begin your tour of Amsterdam, make sure to visit the Vrije University Botanical Garden: more than 6.000 different kinds of plants will welcome you, for a unique experience. You can also find a whole section dedicated to illegal plants seized at the international airport of Amsterdam (not the ones you think)!
Enjoy a beer in an old windmill
It is possible just in Amsterdam: just go to De Goyer mill, located in the city center, dating back to 1725. Just beside it there is the ancient and famous Brouwerij ‘t IJ brewery, which produces one of the most famous beers of the city: the right place for a break in your touristic day.
Admire the knights of Hollandsche Manege
Pay a visit to the ancient city stables, which has nowadays become a national monument: here, over a cup of coffee, you can see the beautiful horseback evolutions of elegant knights dressed in uniforms.
Take a bike tour
Amsterdam is the European bike capital: here practically everyone moves on two wheels. If you want to feel like a true “local”, rent a bike to get around the town, but do not forget to lock it: as everywhere, bike thieves are around the corner.
Visit the town by boat (for free)
During your trip to Amsterdam you cannot miss the beauty of the famous city canals, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Taking the IJ-Veer boat you will pass throught the oldest part of the port of Amsterdam.
Some good arts
A classical and maybe a bit obvious stage, but if you’re in town you cannot miss a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, the largest collection in the world of artworks of by the Dutch genius.
Food from all over the world at Albert Cuypmarkt
Do not miss a visit to the largest city street market. Not only Dutch food: you can taste food from Morocco, Indonesia and South America and live a true multi-ethnic taste experience. And when you will have enough, just go around: a lot of vintage and antiqueries stands are waiting for you.