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According to the World Report travel rankings, Amsterdam is the eighth best place to travel in Europe. It is the #3 best place to travel for winter vacations. If you want to go with your family on vacation, it is the #7 best place to travel. If you want to visit Europe in April then is no #10 place to visit. In spring vacations it is the #14 best place to visit. These rankings are made by experts on the basis of user experience.
The best seasons for visiting Amsterdam are spring and early fall. The weather is good and few people come to visit in these months, so if you don’t like crowds, then it is the ideal time for you to visit Amsterdam. Hotel rents are also low at this time, which is also a plus point. Other than this season, you will see a lot of tourists, and the hotel rates are also higher this season.
Here is a little advice for a newbie who is aiming to visit Amsterdam. Do not take pictures in red-light districts, previous tourists have shared a bad experience as the police and bouncers confiscated the cameras and broke them. If you are young and love walking, choose to go on foot instead of taking taxis or public transportation. It will save you a lot of money.
Purchasing an Amsterdam City Card will allow you to use public transport for free, unlimited times. Public transport has access to many beautiful places and museums in Amsterdam. The card’s validity varies from 24 hours to 96 hours. Afterwards, you have to buy a new card. If you bring a cozy coat with you, if you visit in winter, you will get hotels at discounted rates.
Amsterdam is famous for its pancakes. The pancakes vary; some of them are cheese or meat stuffed, while some of them are fruit topped. This city has many kid-entertainment places such as science museums, zoos, and beaches. The famous science museum is called the NEMO Science Museum.
The residents of Amsterdam speak Dutch, but they also speak English. Try to learn a few basic Dutch words. It can be helpful to you. The official currency of the Netherlands is the euro, not the dollar. Make sure to bring euros with you as rates fluctuate. Credit cards can also be used for shopping and at restaurants, so it is also a good option to use credit cards. Marijuana consumption is legal, but to a certain limit, a person aged less than 18 cannot be served alcohol or any other drug. Moreover, the market places of these items should not be located near the school.
Apart from pancakes, there are also some other famous dishes that are popular, such as boiled rice with meat or vegetables on top of it. It’s preferable to take a guided food tour for a better experience. Females should avoid walking alone in red-light district areas as they attract some bad men. Similarly, possession of drugs can get you in a lot of trouble.
It is preferred to use a bike in order to explore the city. You can book guided bike tours. Other alternatives are to buy a transportation card or to book taxis to move around. If you are a US citizen you will need a passport with at least 6 months remaining. Visa is not required for US citizens unless the plan is to stay for more than 90 days.
Below is a list of some of the best places to travel in amsterdam.
- Anne Frank House
- Van Gogh Museum
- de negen straatjes
- de pijp
- boat tours
- bike tours
- I amsterdam letters
Vondel park is the largest park in Amsterdam and is #1 best place to travel in the city. The size of the park is 116 acres and is located southwest of the city. Most of the people enjoyed coming here and having a picnic. Late at night, the park looks scary so don’t visit if you are afraid of darkness. During the day, the park is filled with different people and children. A lot of greenery is present in the park, similarly, ponds, and playgrounds are also present. There is no entry fee for the park.
Jordaan is the #2 best place to travel in Amsterdam. Jordaan is famous for its art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and street musicians. Anne Frank House and Nine Little Streets are also located on the premises of Jordaan. You will enjoy it more by taking a walking tour. Enjoy the vibe of Jordaan by looking at the people’s beautiful buildings and food. Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture the beautiful scenes of Jordaan.
Anne Frank House
Anne frank house is the #3 best place to travel in Amsterdam. If you are in Amsterdam, you must visit this museum. The museum was previously the home of Anne Frank and her family which they used for hiding during World War 2. Anne Frank’s House is opened from 9 am to 7 pm daily the timings vary. The ticket cost 9 euros for adults and 4.5 euros for children. If you want to take an introductory 30 minute session about the history of the museum you can buy a ticket which will cost you 14.5 euros for adults and 10 euros for children. There are facilities of cafe in the museum, but photography inside the museum is not allowed.
Verzetsmuseum is the best historical museum in the Netherlands. Basically, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi forces during World War II for five years, from 1940 to 1945. The museum tells the story of that time and what the situation was in those days. It contains photographs, objects, films, and sounds of that time and tries to create the atmosphere of that time. The museum is open throughout the whole week. The timings of the museum are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The entry price for adults is 11 euros and 6 euros for children. If you have bought an Amsterdam City Card, then you don’t have to buy a ticket.