Tour de Amsterdam
Netherlands being densely populated holds some of the world’s most attractive locations. Amsterdam is the capital of this country which invites millions of tourists every year as it holds a high influential history which is presented very beautifully in the form of architecture, museums, elaborate canal systems and small houses. Its museum district houses the Van Gogh Museum; which is a must for everyone who visits Amsterdam.
Apart from having the world’s largest red light district and world’s A-grade weed, this city has many other things to offer too. Golden Age canals lined by gabled houses, candlelit cafes, whirring bikes, lavish parks, historical centers, beautiful markets, diverse dining, quirky shopping and legendary nightlife make the Dutch capital one of Europe’s greatest cities. With such a significant amount on offer, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.Amsterdammers officially communicate in Dutch. However, most residents also communicate in English. In case you’re versed, try to talk a little Dutch: hallo for “hello” and dank u for “thank you.” But don’t patronize Amsterdammers by asking, “Do you communicate in English?”
“Going Dutch” is more like a lifestyle than an expression. The Dutch are infamous for their cheapness, yet they likewise have a strong hunger for consumerism, so appreciate shopping. Amsterdam’s official currency is the euro (EUR). Since the euro to U.S. dollar swapping scale vacillates regularly, make sure you check what the present conversion scale is before you go. Credit cards are used at most restaurants and shops.
Cannabis use in Amsterdam is allowed however not legal. Starting 2016, Amsterdam has executed the accompanying guidelines for its cafés: No advertising, no hard drugs (just marijuana), no one younger than 18 can be admitted, no liquor, shops cannot be located within 350 meters of a school and consumption is limited to .5 grams a day.
Raw herring, Pancakes, rice tables; in the same way as other countries, Amsterdam has an assortment of ethnic establishments beyond any doubt to fulfill appetites. But, the city has a couple of specialties, including pancakes covered or stuffed with every topping imaginable, from bacon to blueberries. Crude herring is a Netherlands specialty and is consumed whole. Furthermore, Indonesian rijsttafel (or rice tables) – rice topped with spiced meats, vegetables and fish are colossally prevalent.
Indonesian establishments are scattered all through the city. Cheap ethnic eats are mainly in the De Pijp neighborhood. For an upscale dining experience, try the Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets) or the Reguliersdwarsstraat areas.
An ideal approach to get around Amsterdam is by bicycle. Once you’ve flown into the close-by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and settled into your hotel, we recommend you ask about getting your particular two wheels i.e. rent your car. Various canals, impatient drivers, and thin streets add more spice to the trip especially if you’re in a car. Besides, Amsterdam is known for its biking, and you’ll see that rental shops canvas the city. Cycling to new places might not be everybody’s thing, so for those tourists, there’s a perfectly acceptable public transport framework – the GVB – which offers metro, bus and tram services. Make sure you visit Amsterdam when you get the opportunity. It is once in a lifetime experience!