Amsterdam: The Liberal City Of Bikes, Coffeeshops, and Canals

by Sheri @ Purposeful Habits
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Why Amsterdam Remains One The Most Beautiful Places In Europe

A fantastic mini guide to the wonderful city of Amsterdam! Tips and advice for things to see and do, places to eat and drink and the best ways to enjoy this city to it's full extent while saving on discounts.

What’s Not To Love About This Amazing City?

Amsterdam is definitely in the Top 3 of my favourite cities in the world. I have been here a total of four times now, and have loved this city more and more each time! This city is filled with so much cultural diversity, and so much to do.

From festivals and nightlife to exhibitions and museums, you are left with little time to be bored.

Not to mention the plethora of restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, and attractions.

You won’t miss out on anything if you don’t want to. There is something here for everyone, 365 days a year.

Cycling is probably the most fun way to explore the city. Did you know that there are roughly 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam? 63% of Amsterdammers use their bikes daily. It’s incredible. Single or tandem bikes can be rented for under 10 Euro a day.

 

Bicycles parked on a bridge over the canals in Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the option of renting bikes but chose to get the ‘Iamsterdam City Card‘ to explore the city via public transportation.

The Iamsterdam City Card gives you unlimited use of buses, trams, and the metro for the duration of validity. Do not visit Amsterdam without getting this card for your trip. The amount of money you can save is unreal!

Not only that but with the card you are also given free entrance to Amsterdam’s major museums & attractions.

But wait – there’s still more – a free canal cruise, a detailed city map, as well as discounts on attractions, concerts, theatre, rentals, and restaurants.

Excellent value for your money with choices of 24, 48, 72, and 96-hour cards.

 

One of our fun moments – At Madame Tussauds

 

Top 10 Sights To See In Amsterdam

 

1. Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Museumplein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Museum dedicated to Dutch Arts and History. It has been going through an almost 10-year restoration.

The Rijksmuseum has at its core a Royal Collection. Approximately these almost 200 paintings and artefacts used to be displayed in The Hague in 1800.

The museum is a work of art in itself and each group of paintings has helpful cards in English and other languages describing the paintings. A must-see in Amsterdam is Rembrandt’s special collection of paintings on the upper floor.

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2. Anne Frank House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the place Anne Frank went into hiding from Nazi persecution during World War II; the location where she wrote her world famous diary. 

For more than two years Anne Frank and her family lived in the annexe of the building at Prinsengracht 263.

It is generally advised to book online as the queues get pretty long, especially during high tourist season.

I tell you, it’s so bad that people actually post YouTube videos about the long lines outside the Anne Frank House.

If you do not book online and do not want to wait too long, your only other option is to get there an hour or two before closing. In July and August, the museum stays open until 22:00.  Until 21:00 from April to June, and September to October.

 

3. Dam Square

Dam Square Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heart of Amsterdam surrounded by beautiful and historic buildings.  

Although it is called Dam Square it is rectangular in shape.

Dam Square was originally two squares: the actual dam, called Middeldam; and Plaetse.

The Dam Square is just a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Several times a year the square is the site of a funfair. During December, the city’s main Christmas Tree is set up at the Dam Square.

 



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the dam a busy bees life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right of the square, you will find the royal palace.

Brilliant architecture, with audio guides, so you can wander at your own pace.

The Palace is used by the Dutch Royal House and therefore closed at times for royal events.

 

 

royal palace amsterdam

The other sides of the square are home to lots of shops places to eat, and souvenirs for purchase.  

Madame Tussaud’s is located here, and the Amsterdam Dungeons are only a few minutes walk away.

Street performers perform here on a regular basis – and they are extremely talented.

Don’t hold back on giving them a few Euros.

 

street singer amsterdam a busy bees life

A Fantastic Player – Wish he would have shown his face! He was trying to raise money to get an engagement ring for his girlfriend and did not want to embarrass her! Awwwww!

 

As a “busy bee”, how can I not mention “De Bijenkorf” (literally, “the beehive”).

It is a chain of upscale department stores in the Netherlands with its flagship store on Dam Square.

 

De Bijenkorf Amsterdam

4. Vondelpark

Vondelpark Amsterdam

The largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands.

it is also home to home to a selection of restaurants and cafés, including the Blauwe Theehuis, Café Vertigo, Vondelpark3,  and the Groot Melkhuis.

The Vondelpark was designed by landscape architect L.D. Zocher and has been awarded national heritage status.

This park is a short walk from the Dam and is worth a visit.  A true oasis in the middle of the city

5. Heineken Experience

heineken experience amsterdam entrance

We had a great time here, and we were able to learn about how the beer is brewed. Go through the tour and at the end you can make your own bottle of beer, customized with your name on it for six Euros.

A lot to watch and learn, games to play, pictures to take. We spent approximately two hours here.

We had pre-bought our tickets so there was no issue.  Many people were standing in line to get in, but we were able to bypass that queue easily.  It is a great facility and two free drinks are included in the ticket price.

I am not a beer drinker but had a taste anyway. 

 

6. Begijnhof

The Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s best-known hofjes (almshouses).

It consists of a group of houses built around a secluded courtyard and garden. The courtyard which dates back to the early 14th century was originally built as a sanctuary for the Begijntjes, a Catholic sisterhood.

This convent provides a look into an old slice of Amsterdam’s history with the grounds well kept.

Remember to keep your voices low and be respectful of the signs delineating the public and private parts of this area.

Worth a brief detour if you are in the area around the Spui.

 

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7. Westerkerk

The biggest church in Amsterdam, built in 1619 – 1631, the Westerkerk, or in English,  The Western Church, is the most important Protestant church in the city.  The belltower – the Westerkerk Tower remains the pride of Amsterdam and is regarded by many, as the city symbol.

The 17th-century Protestant church is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. Several Dutch artists are buried here.

 

We visited the tower and climbed up to see the entire city! Beautiful!

 

Westerkerk In Amsterdam

 

8. The Red Light District

I have to mention this as it is prominent in Amsterdam, and anyone visiting would have heard about it.

Hardly is Amsterdam ever mentioned, without touching on the subject of the Red Light District.

The RLD has been there reputedly since the 15th century.

The most famous one is a short walk from Centraal Station. Amsterdam is safe both day or night.

You can take guided tours of the RLD where the tour guide explains the history of the area in great detail.

 

 

9. Rembrandtplein

rembrandtplein a busy bees life

One of the most famous and major squares in Amsterdam – named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city.

 

10. The Windmills

Holland is famous for its’ windmills which played a crucial role in the development of Holland.

Windmills are know to create land, build ships, produce flour, oil and mustard!

 

amsterdam windmills

See original working windmills in action is in a little village named the Zaanse Schans, just outside of Amsterdam.

 

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A Place To Enjoy, Live, and Laugh

Day Trips from Amsterdam

Amsterdam is great, but not venturing outside of the city would mean missing out on amazing experiences and sights. From the 400-year old cheese-weighing tradition, a medieval village, the world’s largest flower garden, and even Belgium! There are plenty of train and bus connections, tourists can easily plan day trips.

If you want to be really comfortable, and spontaneous, book a car with Easy Terra!

This car rental comparison site compares prices from well-known car rental companies so you are guaranteed to save time and money.

We went to Bruges and loved it. Bruges is a well-preserved medieval town in the northern region of Belgium surrounded by beautiful canals and old city walls. You will adore it.


UPDATE – May 2019  Back in Amsterdam! 

 

A Three Day Weekend In Amsterdam with My Bestie

Got back from Amsterdam last night. Spent the weekend there with my darling friend.

The weather was perfect, except for Friday night when it was a bit windy. Otherwise, clear blue skies and a LOT of sun.

This time, I did so much walking. Less sightseeing, but more exploring the city and eating lots of good food.

 

Sheri Weekend in Amsterdam. sitting on green bench

 

If you like waffles, make sure you stop at Pancakes & Waffles. You will never want to have waffles elsewhere again.

A small and cosy place near  Amsterdam Centraal station. The walk takes about 5 minutes.

For dinner, I recommend the MIU Restaurant. A stylish and modern restaurant with an interesting all you can eat concept.

We stayed at the Grand Hotel Amrath An excellent 5-star hotel with large and very spacious rooms.  The superior deluxe room offers comfortable beds, two bathrooms, free mini bar and breakfast included in the room price. Ask for a room with a canal view.

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS

– The ‘Netherlands’ means “Low Country” in Dutch. About half of its surface area is less than 1 metre above sea level. Its highest point is 321 metres (1,053 ft) above sea level.

– Dutch people are the tallest in the world, with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women.

– The national flag of the Netherlands dates from 1572 and is also the oldest tricolour flag.

– Rotterdam, in South Holland, is the largest seaport in Europe.

– Gin was invented in the Netherlands under the name of Jenever. It was first sold as a medicine in the late 16th century.

Have you ever been to Amsterdam or plan on going sometime soon?  How did you enjoy it? Share with me in the comments below.

 

 

Purposeful Habits xoxo Sheri

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Familyearthtrek October 15, 2017 - 15:56

I have been to Amsterdam once in 2011 when I was backpacking solo through Europe. Ohh man those spice cake nobody told me that you have to wait atleast halv an hour before you could feel anything because it takes time for the body to obsorbe the substance and the cake was so good that I ended up eating three and suddently I was gone! I am happy I am over that stuff! The Anne Frank museum was very emotional as I read the diary before I arrived to Amsterdam.

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whodoido October 15, 2017 - 15:40

I visited Amsterdam many, many years ago whilst at uni – was literally a fly by visit! Would love to go back and walk along the canals, see the famous windmills and visit the museums. I didn’t know that there were 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam!

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Emma September 12, 2017 - 09:32

Awesome blog about the best city in the Netherlands

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toastycritic April 1, 2017 - 22:20

The pictures here are amazing. And I love all of the windmills. I do hope to get to go there someday.

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The Pink Caboodle March 31, 2017 - 22:34

Wow! It looks amazing! I have a friend who just moved there, hopefully I’ll get to visit soon πŸ™‚

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The Trophy WifeStyle March 31, 2017 - 21:30

Omg loverly photos!!!! I hope To visit Amsterdam one day! Looks like such a lovely city!

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Fatima Torres at MTME March 31, 2017 - 10:50

What a lovely trip! I’d love to visit the Dam Square some day!

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Tonya B March 31, 2017 - 09:28

I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam and now you’ve given me a lot more reasons to get there! There looks like so much to do, I need to start planning a trip there. By the way those are some great photos!

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate March 30, 2017 - 23:45

I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam for so long! I need to make a plan, for sure. Love this helpful guide and all your fab pix! Thanks for sharing.

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jesusglitter March 30, 2017 - 16:55

What a beautiful tour! I have never been there, but you have given me a glimpse of a beautiful city. I love the story of Anne Frank and her heroism. What a city full of legacy! Thank You for sharing!

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Yona Williams March 15, 2017 - 09:37

I absolutely love Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. I went to the one in Hollywood, California. Some of those wax figures are hauntingly scary. It’s so much fun to take pictures next to them. Fiona looks GREAT!

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Debbie J. November 21, 2016 - 19:14

Thank you so much for this. I needed this resource. I’m actually planning trips for the next year and Amsterdam is on the list.

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Alfonzowords November 21, 2016 - 09:37

Se manifique! I love your photo journal & descriptions. I would love to visit this place haha and I know many of my friends would enjoy the heineken experience.

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Ana Ojha November 20, 2016 - 20:16

Amsterdam is among the most beautiful destinations in the world! I went there for work few years ago but didn’t get time to explore! Hope to visit there soon again!

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Claudia H. Blanton November 19, 2016 - 18:08

I love Amsterdam! I have been all over Europe, growing up in Germany with a family who insisted on going just about everywhere at least twice a year! Amsterdam is my favorite city in Northern Europe by far, very beautiful with its own charm. You have captured it nicely, blessings!

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Cătălina Nini November 19, 2016 - 15:58

Great post! I have been to Amsterdam this summer and I loved so much !! I was praying to lose the flight so we can explore more :). The museum of bags and purses is a museum I think you will like. And definitely some dutch pancakes with spinach and cheese. Yammi.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 20, 2016 - 07:18

I would LOVE to be in a museum of bags and purses! I love bags, collect bags. My husband wont love it so much but I would. Actually, the first time we went to Amsterdam our flight home was cancelled and we were so happy for another day to spend there. πŸ™‚

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DaKyissa November 18, 2016 - 05:32

I literally know nothing about Amsterdam so this post was very enlightening to me. I love learning about other parts of the world. I wish I could travel out of the country more.

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sajad quadir November 18, 2016 - 04:14

What a place to visit i think i should visit there once thanks for sahring this information

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Dhini November 18, 2016 - 02:49

I have been here but not yet all seen. I hope one day i have time rond trips at Amsterdam. Thank you

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janella2016 November 17, 2016 - 22:35

Wow such stunning photos you have captured

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soulsensecoaching November 17, 2016 - 13:25

Your pictures are wonderful and capture Amsterdam beautifully. It is such a colourful place with so much to do and such diversity.

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sajad quadir November 17, 2016 - 11:15

Netherlands is one of my favourite places around the world thanks for the information about such a great places

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worldinsidemypocket November 7, 2016 - 18:07

Amsterdam is an awesome place! I was too ill to enjoy it properly last time I went but this guide is making me want to return asap πŸ™‚ Really love your pictures too

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JM November 6, 2016 - 01:57

I love Amsterdam even we have not met yet. And now after seeing your photos, it makes me love her more. Oh my…. i hate this long distance love affair.

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Janine Good November 5, 2016 - 15:39

I love Amsterdam to pieces! I was humbled by the Anne Frank House, loved the Heineken experience, the flower shop was a colourful and beautiful tulip frenzy and the canals and bikes gave it incredible character. I hope to get back there someday!

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:40

I think I will be back there next year. If you are heading in this direction, we should do an Amsterdam Bloggers meet up.

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Tyler Ward November 5, 2016 - 05:47

Hi I never really knew much about Amsterdam except for the ability to smoke marijuana in cafes. I am not a smoker but that’s always what sparked a conversation pertaining to the area in my community. I would love to add this on my list and discover a more authentic version of the city (by bike of course).

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Juliette | Snorkels To Snow November 4, 2016 - 23:02

I’d love to visit the Anne Frank house, that would be such a fascinating piece of history to see in person. Amsterdam sounds like heaps of fun! I have a couple of friends from there and would love to see their home city. Sounds like such a vibrant place too.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:33

I think you would enjoy the experience Juliette. This liberal city offers so much in terms of history and culture. It is a lot of fun and you would always want to return there.

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lydia@lifeuntraveledl November 4, 2016 - 19:58

I was in Amsterdam on a short layover and I feel like I left my heart there! I really want to go back to explore more of this diverse city. Thanks for sharing!

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Jen Morrow November 4, 2016 - 19:32

How fun to ride bikes around, sampling cheese between museums. That is my kind of city! Plus boats!

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Ivy November 4, 2016 - 19:16

We had a really bad first impression of Amsterdam. The first time we were discriminated against in our entire lives was by a school in Amsterdam as we were walking to our hotel. A bunch of kids started yelling at us to “Go back to China”. Dafuq? We ain’t even from China lol, crazy fools. Other than that, we really enjoyed Amsterdam though! The food there is surprisingly good and YESS to all the cheese! So good.

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MARINA November 4, 2016 - 15:09

I do love Amsterdam too, it feels like everyone respects each other but at the same time you are free to dress as you wish, behave as you like (of course without causing any troubles), etc. It’s the image of the dreamt “freedom land”, I absolutely love it.

I’m just wondering, since you said it’s one of the 3 cities you love the most… which are the other two? hahaha

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:37

Hi Marina, I love that in Amsterdam everyone is so open and you can dress as you wish, and look however you look without judgement. My other two are of course Vienna, my home and Barcelona! πŸ™‚

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Janine Good October 18, 2016 - 15:18

I loved Amsterdam heaps! Your suggestions are spot on and I feel so humbled and privileged to have visited Anne Frank’s House. I hope to get there again someday! The clogs are very flattering on you!

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:38

LOL, thanks for the Clog compliments…..they were slightly on the big side, but still so cute!

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Breakfast With Tiffani October 7, 2016 - 16:05

I would love to be able to visit Anne Frank’s home. I bet that was very interesting. And who knew the Dutch were so tall? Thanks for sharing!

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Valerie Ratliff October 7, 2016 - 15:29

I love that you can bike everywhere. They just don’t build architecture like there. It’s beautiful.

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daytoday MOMents September 30, 2016 - 04:06

Oh, I know a good resource if I ever travel to Amsterdam. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:38

You are so welcome. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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Izabela September 29, 2016 - 14:41

I never thought of going to Amsterdam but after reading your post I’m tempted to book a weekend gateway. It was fun learning the facts about the country. I never knew that Dutch people are the tallest in the world.

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livelaughhlovee5 September 29, 2016 - 08:12

Looks wonderful in the netherlands. I couldn’t picture myself being here. Love the boat it would be a nice ride. A girl can DREAM!

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Laveena Sengar August 29, 2016 - 15:25

Exactly. Who wouldn’t Love Amsterdam? Lovely post and I am amazed by the fun facts. Had no idea about any of these. Learnt something

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Cai Dominguez -Travelosyo April 26, 2016 - 06:07

Wooooow! Amsterdam is soooo beautiful. I love to feel the ambiance of this country. The architecture is soooo amazing!

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Ann April 23, 2016 - 06:31

I also absolutely love Amsterdam! I actually really want to live there for a few years. There’s just so much to do + its so easy to get around. The canals are also just beautiful.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life November 6, 2016 - 08:39

I would love to live there too Ann. The only thing I would be hesitant about is the cold in the winter time! πŸ™‚

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Sanket D. April 22, 2016 - 10:43

I’m hoping to a graduate program at the University of Amsterdam next year. Just reading through this post makes me so excited thinking about next year. How is the student life in general?

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 23, 2016 - 06:51

Hi Sanket, I am not really sure about the student life there as I am no longer one, but I would imagine that they have a great social life with all the activities available, plus there are a lot of international students in Amsterdam πŸ™‚

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Sarah @ Expat of the World April 21, 2016 - 17:32

Thanks for writing such an easy to follow mini guide to Amsterdam! It looks absolutely wonderful.

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 21, 2016 - 18:07

It really is Sarah, if you ever head over there, please let me know if you enjoyed it.

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Alina Popescu April 21, 2016 - 13:30

I had no idea about the gin, thanks for that! Amsterdam is also one of my favorite cities, and I’d love to go back (every month if possible). I loved that a lot of places are easy to walk to from the train station and the canal tour was amazing.

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 26, 2016 - 20:12

I totally agree with you Alina! If I could go there once a month for a long weekend I certainly would. Especially at times of the year when they hold special events and festivals. Do you live close to The Netherlands?

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Epepa April 21, 2016 - 11:03

Nice thing with those city cards, they really can make your sightseeing easier. I dream about visiting Amsterdam, I’m totally enchanted by its architecture. And of course I like the bikes, I even have ordered similar one and it’s the most comfortable bike I have ever had! The basket is really good thing πŸ™‚

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 21, 2016 - 18:12

Epepa – I hope you make it to Amsterdam soon. If you already love bike riding,t hen this would be a great way for you to explore the city and really enjoy the ins and out and see the things that most tourists may not be looking out for.

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mishvo April 21, 2016 - 04:30

Man, why didn’t I go to the Heineken experience when I was in Amsterdam?? I didn’t even know it existed! I thought the Anne Frank House Museum was extremely well done and moving. I would even go back if I visit Amsterdam again.

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 21, 2016 - 18:10

Hi Mishvo – LOL, what can I say? You missed out on the experience. At least, now you have something fun to look forward to the next time you go to Amsterdam πŸ™‚

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Juliana W April 20, 2016 - 18:01

I’ll be visiting Amsterdam for 3 weeks in May, and I very much enjoyed reading this article to get an idea of things to do! Visiting the windmills is definitely a priority of mine. I’m a dutchie myself, and I can’t wait to learn more about my heritage while I’m there! And I certainly agree that dutchies are the tallest in the world (I am 5’9″ and my father is 6’6″!).

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:47

I am glad that this post is able to help you on your upcoming trip. You will find so much to do and see and I believe you will have a great time. There are also a lot of places to learn about Dutch History which will certainly be a plus point for you.

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jess_friend April 20, 2016 - 17:46

When I visited Amsterdam I loved the floating flower market? Did you visit this to? I also went to the Van Gogh Museum which was pretty special. I wish now that I had visited Ann Frank’s house – I’ll have to go back now!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:48

Yes, go back! LOL. There was so much I felt I missed out on the first time I went there, and every time I go back I discover something new. I need to get to the floating flower market the next time. It is something I keep wanting to do. πŸ™‚

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Bernard Tan April 20, 2016 - 15:36

Beautiful place! I have never been to Netherlands, and has always wanted to head there! Thanks for sharing about the country!

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iamsuanlee April 20, 2016 - 12:20

Those canals are just incredible! I totally agree, cycling is an awesome way to experience cities like these. I rode a bike through the french country side and it was one of my favourite experiences from my trip to Europe (sore bum was worth it)! Some people have said that Amsterdam on the most part is a wonderful city, however when you reach the Red Light district etc. it sort of ruins the charm – did that effect your view on Amsterdam very much when you travelled? Would be keen to hear what you think πŸ™‚

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:50

The Red Light District did not ruin the charm for me because I knew it existed and that it was a part of the city. I had read about it and seen pictures but never felt like I had to go there and see it with my own eyes. Also, the way Amsterdam is structured, the RLD is easily avoided πŸ™‚

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chantae April 20, 2016 - 09:14

Love the small tidbit about gin πŸ™‚ who knew? I love Amsterdam as well, it’s one of the best cities in Europe. I’d love to go back someday soon.

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Thirty By 30 With Courtney! April 20, 2016 - 03:38

I am obsessed with Amsterdam for some reason and your post makes me more antsy to visit. I am hoping to get there in the summer so I can see the tulips in full bloom!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:50

If you get to go Courtney, please let me know how you liked it. I hope you can make it in the summer. πŸ™‚

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Jen Morrow April 19, 2016 - 22:13

I love that you have a few visits under you belt for this post. After several visits, it sounds like you have really explored and sharing a Best Of travel tips.

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Genesis Blue Davies April 19, 2016 - 19:17

I really want to visit Amsterdam someday. It seems like such a lovely place and it looks like you had a great time there. Someday . . . with my kids!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 26, 2016 - 20:13

I think both you and your kids would have a great time there. It is a great city with something for everyone πŸ™‚

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siniciliya April 19, 2016 - 17:35

Your guide is great! It’s a shame, but I haven’t explored Amsterdam when I visited it. I was all into parties, but when I visit it next time I will definitely check out the sights you have listed and I would love to ride a bicycle as well.

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Cheerst to Adventure April 19, 2016 - 15:38

Never been to Amsterdam but it’s on my wish-list. Your pictures are so vibrant I love them!

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Shounak Mondal April 19, 2016 - 15:35

Have heard good things about food in Amsterdam as well , great list to keep in mind when I visit next time. But to be honest, every European city looks more or less the same to me πŸ™‚ Its more the country side in Europe that interests me most after having lived in Europe for two years

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:52

Hi Shounak, where in Europe did you live? I think there are a lot of buildings in Europe which may look similar, but when you delve into the history of the buildings and locations, the differences are quite vast. I can understand you wanting to see a lot of the countryside in Europe. It is beautiful in most places πŸ™‚

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Dorota April 19, 2016 - 14:00

Beautiful photos. Amsterdam is on my wishlist for city breaks to go too. Such a beautiful pΕ‚ace to be x

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Liana April 19, 2016 - 11:56

I really do love Amsterdam! I’m just 2 hours away from this city, and the canals are one of my favorite thing in this city! x

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Tina April 19, 2016 - 11:30

I grow up in Germany so I used to be sooo close to Amsterdam! But I never really thought about going there. Your pictures are lovely and I now I would like to go there at some stage. At least I can blend in easily with my height as it looks like πŸ™‚ very well and informative written. Thanks for this insight πŸ˜‰

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 20, 2016 - 18:53

Hi Tina, where do you live now? I think you would have a lot of fun in Amsterdam. Thank you for your feedback and sharing πŸ™‚

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Divya April 19, 2016 - 10:22

Amsterdam is on my list ever since I bumped into someone from Netherlands, in the Himalayas in India. Thank you for the post, it strengthens the resolve.
Would love to explore the local culture, and the way of life.

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