Latest Things to See and Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known as a party city, full of wild nights and all kinds of questionable debauchery. It’s a fun, versatile, party-oriented destination that’s popular with young backpackers who want to blow off some steam.

I’ve visited Amsterdam more times than I can count (it’s one of my favorite cities in the world) and it will never disappoint me. But the city has more to offer than just an entertaining evening.

Amsterdam, as we know it, dates back to the 12th century and is home to all kinds of medieval and Renaissance buildings, most of which date back to the Dutch Golden Age, a period from 1588 to 1672, when Amsterdam was the center of the world economy. Many of the canals themselves are also hundreds of years old and have UNESCO World Heritage status.

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

Every time I arrive in a new city, I start with a free walking tour. They will help you with orientation and give you an overview of the city, the culture and the most important sights that are worth seeing. You will learn a little history and will be able to ask a local guide all the questions you have. This is the best way to get expert advice.

Free City tours Amsterdam and New Europe offer free city tours every day. They last 2 to 3 hours and give you the perfect introduction to the city. Just make sure you tip your guide at the end!

If you don’t have a tight budget and want an alternative, in-depth tour, check out Black Heritage Tours. Although their tours are not free, they are incredibly informative and insightful. They focus on the effects of slavery during the growth of the Dutch Empire and highlight black culture and contributions to the country. It is sobering, but instructive.

2. Visit the Van Gogh Museum

This museum houses many of Van Gogh’s best works. It is also the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world. The museum does an excellent job of sketching his life and recording his works from beginning to end, so that you can better understand and appreciate his style and development (as well as his life beyond painting). It was opened in 1973 and is one of the most popular (read: crowded) places in the city, but don’t let that stop you from visiting it. The museum also has paintings by other famous artists of the time, such as Monet, Manet and Matisse, as well as by artists who inspired or were inspired by Van Gough.

3. Explore Jordaan

Jordan is a fashionable residential area. Although it has become more and more popular in recent years, it is still one of the most forgotten parts of the city. The area is full of cozy shops and boutiques, bars and pubs, as well as trendy restaurants. It is also the quarter of the city where the Dutch painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) lived in the last years of his life. It is a quiet place to explore away from the crowds if you want to get a better idea of the city outside the main tourist areas.

4. Take a Canal Tour

Amsterdam is a beautiful and picturesque city, thanks to the picturesque canals that break the urban sprawl of the city. To see the city from a new perspective, take a tour of the canals. Depending on your taste, there are countless different tour options to choose from. Take a pizza cruise, a plonk and cheese cart or a lively booze cruise with unlimited drinks. There are large excursion boats that will take you along the waterways, but you can also rent your own boat for a self-guided tour (if you are familiar with driving a boat).

Self-guided rentals are designed for small outdoor boats that offer you a more devoted and unique experience. They cost around few EUR per hour, which makes it super affordable if you have some friends accompanying you. For a standard guided tour on a larger boat, you should expect about few Amsterdam is known as a party city, full of wild nights and all kinds of questionable debauchery. It’s a fun, versatile, party-oriented destination that’s popular with young backpackers who want to blow off some steam.

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