Every city is unique and it has both beautiful and less beautiful sides, but your perception depends on your own expectations or on your capacity to look on the bright side of things. Not all cities “cater for all tastes”, but in my opinion Amsterdam perfectly fits in this category.
Amsterdam is one of those vibrant cities that have a lot of different things to offer. Defined by an overwhelming nonconformity, it is a complete city at all points. My visit in Amsterdam was not very long, but it was enough to be impressed by the atmosphere and the energy of this city. Amsterdam Centraal, the beautiful central station was the first building that I visited there.
Imposing and charming with an interesting architecture, this building looks like it welcomes you to this amazing city. Not far from this station there is a huge bicycle parking. You might not know but there are actually over 800.000 bicycles in Amsterdam. Cycling is a way of life and a great passion for the residents of this city. If you love riding a bike, this city gives you the perfect opportunity to go for a ride and explore its amazing sights.
I am sure you will be delighted by the simple and yet sophisticated architecture which is highlighted by a variety of narrow streets,canals and bridges. In my opinion walking in the streets of Amsterdam is a must if you would like to admire the beautiful buildings and also to have a wonderful shopping experience. The Nine Streets is the best place where you can go shopping in Amsterdam. There are more than 200 different shops situated in this area. These streets connect the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat.
The Venice of the North, the way Amsterdam is called, is also famous for the beauty of its canals and bridges. If you want to admire the beauty of these canals you can either go for a walk or take a boat tour. These canals give the entire city a special vibration and they represent the iconic image of Amsterdam.
After going for a walk it would be a good idea to visit a few museums. Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. There are over 60 different museums that you could choose from. I chose to visit 3 museums from this impressive list: the Sex Museum, the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments and Madame Tussauds. I can tell you that I don’t regret my choice, in fact it was a lovely experience.
The Red Light District is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Amsterdam. This is actually the oldest part of the city, but the most controversial one. A chaotic atmosphere, a drug and sex paradise, a multitude of sex shops and brothels are the words that perfectly describe this district.
The Red Light District is indeed controversial but interesting to see. As you have probably understood, the capital of the Netherlands is not only about sights, canals, bridges and places, it is also about experiences.Street food in Amsterdam is a culinary experience that you should definitely take. Patatje oorlog(French fries with onions and different sauces), stroopwafels(waffles with different kinds of topping) or the tasty donuts are just a few examples of delicious street food.
All things considered, I really believe that there is no travel demand that Amsterdam cannot meet.