The Perfect Amsterdam Travel Guide for 2015

There is plenty to do in Amsterdam and it’s important that you know exactly what is going on in the city before you go so you can enjoy your travelling to the full. Whether you are just going to chill out, want to sample the nightlife, or are keen on the historical side of things, Amsterdam has something for everyone.

Amsterdam is most famous for its liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs – prostitution is legal, and marijuana is decriminalised. Youngsters and the more curious visitors congregate around De Wallen – the city’s Red Light District – to find out if it lives up to the hype. And it does. As night falls the city’s escorts show themselves off in the windows, and while they are actually at work, for many tourists, they are merely a tourist attraction. The Sex Museum and the Hash Museum are two hotspots in De Wallen, and with admission fees at around 5 euros each, you can have fun without spending a fortune.

The coffee shops which sell weed and hash can also mostly be found in De Wallen. The area is very relaxed and looks beautiful thanks to the canals, but it’s best to be slightly cautious late in the night as many people will be high or drunk.

The internationally-renowned beer Heineken is also made in Amsterdam and you can have a tour around the brewery with the “Heineken Experience”. The tour is not cheap, but it is interesting and you get given a few complimentary beers as well. The art galleries are superb in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum has over 8,000 works of art and is located in the centre of the city. In addition, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum are also situated close by, so if you’re keen on art, you’ll have a lot of fun in this area.

Amsterdam is also known for Anne Frank House. This historical site is dedicated to the Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis during the Second World War. There are many special artefacts in the house that are worth seeing and it is one of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam. Because of this, queues are often very long – two hours is not uncommon – so it’s advised to get there early in the day if you have a tight schedule.

If you’re going to Amsterdam with children, be sure to take them to the Science Center Nemo. It’s the fifth-most popular museum in the Netherlands with over half a million visitors a year, and has plenty of fun activities to keep the kids occupied.

It’s very easy to travel around Amsterdam with the metro and tram systems. You can purchase passes for unlimited access to both at very reasonable prices.

If you love travelling, Amsterdam is a real gem in northern Europe and a city to unique to any other. This beautiful, chilled out and historical city is a prime destination for a weekend break.

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