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  • Writer's pictureEmma Cakmak

5 Things to do in Amsterdam

It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its

rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there's so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with some suggestions for your vacation, we've handpicked 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam.

Take a canal ride

1. Take a historical canal ride. The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired.

Since there are hundreds of canals throughout the nation that were created just for travel,

there is no reason not to give this popular attraction a try. During your gentle water ride, you'll get to view some of the country's most detailed architecture and most beautiful


Amsterdam Canals
Cruising the canals of Amsterdam

See the tulips

2. Take a walk through the wildflowers. Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers,

especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see

the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are

plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.

Tulips in Amsterdam

Visit a Museum

3. Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums. Check out paintings

by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Enjoy the many museums of Amsterdam

Take a walk through the red-light district

4. Walk through De Wallen, the nation's red-light district. Although it's famous for some

risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district's fine restaurants,

small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up

with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you

rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country.

Sample a few Dutch treats

5. Last but not least, you mustn't leave the country without trying some of its authentic Dutch cuisine or experiencing one of its cannabis coffeehouses. People travel all over the world

to Amsterdam to encounter these coffee shops in person. In Amsterdam, marijuana is

simply a way to unwind, and these coffeehouses are some of the most reputable and

reliable sources to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a puff of smoke as you dine.

Spending a couple of days in Amsterdam before your river or ocean cruise is a great way to ease into your vacation. I always recommend flying in at least the day before your cruise starts to allow for any airline delays or cancellations due to weather or other unforeseen events. The last thing you want is to plan your arrival the day your cruise starts only to end of stranded stateside due to a snowstorm or other technicality and miss the first day of your cruise. Not a great way to start a highly anticipated trip!

Here at A Passport to Travel, we can help you take care of all of the details of your trip. From the airfare to the cruise, transfers and even the tours in Amsterdam before the cruise. We can take care of it all and make it one seamless travel experience.

Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how we can help you!


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