June 11, 2013 in Our Travels
The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend In Amsterdam
The city of Amsterdam is famous for its vibrant entertainment options. This is the perfect place to explore the extensive café and bar scene, while Amsterdam also boasts a large number of world class nightclubs. However, Amsterdam also features excellent museums, art galleries and other interesting attractions for visitors to explore, and wandering beside the city’s canals in the evening is a romantic experience that couples are sure to love.
The majority of visitors who travel to this vibrant destination come here to enjoy a weekend city break in Amsterdam. Most of the main attractions and entertainment options in Amsterdam can be fitted into a weekend away with a little forward planning.
Dam Square is situated in the heart of the city and is the perfect place to start exploring Amsterdam. The square is surrounded by interesting examples of local architecture, while just to the east of Dam Square is the Red Light District, which is set alongside the canals of Ouderzijds Achterburgwal and Ouderzijds Voorburgwal and feature a heady combination of sex shops, hardcore nightclubs and smoker’s cafes.
Cocktail lovers should make sure that they allow time to visit the House of Bols while they are in Amsterdam. This impressive establishment is located on Museumplein and visitors are taken on an unforgettable interactive tour where they have the chance to learn all about Lucas Bols, who founded the first ever distilled spirit in Amsterdam back in 1575. The Bols range now includes 36 different Bols liqueurs and there are plenty of opportunities to sample a few in the Tasting Hall and Genever Room along the way before the tour ends in the Mirror Bar. Here, visitors can sit and sip a few cocktails in a vibrant and laidback environment and this is one of the few places in the world where the new Amsterdam 2013 cocktail can be sampled.
There are also plenty of other attractions waiting for visitors in the Museumplein including the Van Gogh Museum, the Stadelijk Museum and the nearby Rijks Museum. These are all great places to soak up world famous works of art, while just a short stroll away at Anne Frank House visitors can get a feel for what this brave teenager and her family suffered during the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam in World War II.
Other things that should not be missed while enjoying a weekend in Amsterdam include taking a tram ride through the city, chilling out in Vondelpark and browsing for bargains in the vibrant shopping zone known as the Jordaan.
This city enjoys status as an air traffic hub, which means that visitors can fly direct to Amsterdam easily from a wide range of airports around the world. Plenty of public transportation is provided from the airport directly into the heart of the city, while taxis and car rental are also available at the airport.
Whether you’re going to Amsterdam to let your hair down, soak up some culture, or a bit of both, then this city is a place that’s sure to please.