Kick back, relax and enjoy The Netherlands stunning capital: Amsterdam. With an endless maze of bicycle lined canals, beautiful colourful buildings, friendly people and a ton of awesome stuff to do, it is no wonder that Amsterdam has earned itself a spot as one of the coolest cities in the world. Whether you have come to take in the sights or party the night away, you will find yourself truly at home in Amsterdam. Speak to Student Flights to get your cheap flights to and hotel accommodation in Amsterdam.
When to Go and Weather
With its narrow cobblestone streets and traffic free core, Amsterdam is a city best enjoyed on foot. Like most of northern Europe, the best time to plan your visit is during the Spring, Summer or Fall when warmer temperatures and sunshine prevail. On a sunny day take advantage of one of the city’s many canal-front patios and enjoy a chilled-out cool drink. Watch boats cruise by in the canals and the bustle of bicycles and people. Or, grab a few pastries from a local bakery and head to the park for a break. The city has plenty of green spaces to rest and have a snack. On these days a light jacket and some good walking shoes is all you’ll need for a full day out. If you are in the city during the winter months, be sure you’ve packed a rain/winter jacket with a hood, warm footwear and be sure to take an umbrella along. Get out of the rain (or snow) with a canal cruise and experience the city from the water or head to the Van Gogh museum and check out some of the painters most famous works.
The best way to get around Amsterdam is either on foot or by bicycle as the city is relatively dense and vehicle traffic isn’t permitted in many areas. With narrow streets filled with cool shops, public art and café’s you’ll be able to explore a lot of the city just by walking around. Before you head out though, make sure you grab a map. Although the city is safe, navigating the dense streets can be confusing if this is your first time to the city. While most of the attractions are within the city centre, for those intending to venture farther out, the city has a highly efficient tram and night-bus system that will easily take you where you need to go. However, the best part of Amsterdam is the Direct Rail train linking Schiphol Airport with the downtown core. This means that even if you are on a lay-over, a visit to the city is only 17 minutes away!
In Amsterdam there is no shortage of good food and drink to be had. From fresh baked pastries to a cold Heineken brewed just a few blocks awaythere are certainly lots of options to choose from. No matter what your budget, there are a couple things you simply must try while in the city. Firstly, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without trying Vlaamse Frites. These delicious “Flemish fries” are an absolute favourite among locals. Served crispy golden and topped withmayonnaise, they are a delicious snack at any time day or night. Secondly, The Netherlands no longer grants departure to visitors who haven’t tried Pannekoeken. Just kidding, but these traditional Dutch pancakes are so heavenly that it would be a crime not to have them! For those looking to have a more sophisticated meal, Amsterdam boasts some amazing cuisine that reflects the city’s multicultural flair. Try some of the city’s best Italian at Yam Yam in Jordaan, or some mouthwatering Middle Eastern fare at Beyrouth in the Oud-West neighbourhood. If you’re on a budget try Burgermeester in Jordaan. With great service and an even better burger, this is the spot to go before a night out on the town.
Amsterdam has more bicycles than people with over 1 million bikes and 700,000 people. The city has over 200 ‘coffee shops’ where you are allowed to legally up to 5 grams of cannabis. Dutch people are the tallest in the world with the average man measuring 184 cm and the average woman 170 cm.
First and foremost, a canal cruise is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam and a must-do on any visitors list. See stunning and unique 17th century architecture and familiarize yourself with the city all in a leisurely 1-2 hour cruise. From there, take an afternoon and visit the Anne Frank house. This world-renowned landmark is the former hiding place of the brilliant Anne Frank who wrote her famous diary during the Second World War. From the Anne Frank house, take a stroll through the ultra-chic streets of the Jordaan. This dense 9 block neighbourhood is great place to window shop for local designer clothing or stop in for a bite to eat. If you’re planning a night out, Leidseplein (Leiden Square) is the perfect place to go. Stop in for a casual drink or head out until the early hours of the morning, this is where the locals come to party. Next, check out the Heineken Experience. See how Heineken is brewed and learn about the Heineken family all while enjoying some nice fresh beer. Afterwards, venture over to the Van Gogh museum and check out the largest collection of the famous Dutch painters amazing works. Last but not least, every visitor has to check out the Red Light District. A very unique part of the city, here you can visit the Sex Museum, see a sex show or just walk the streets. You don’t have to worry, despite having a seedy reputation, the Red Light District is a well-respected part of the city, surprisingly family friendly and well worth a visit.