10 Surprising Reasons to VISIT AMSTERDAM | Budget Travel Guide

10 Surprising Reasons to VISIT AMSTERDAM  | Budget Travel Guide


So you want to go to Amsterdam, but you don’t know what to do other than visiting coffee shops in the Red Light District… Don’t worry. There’re coffee shops in other neighborhoods, too. I’m Marko. I’m Alex. And we are the Vagabrothers. This is your go-to guide for travel tips, vlogs, and inspiration here on YouTube. So if you’re a new viewer, please do us a favor and hit that subscribe button, give this video a thumbs-up, and enable notifications. Let’s get into it. This is the top ten things to do in Amsterdam. Number 1: rent a bike. The Netherlands is the most bicycle friendly place on the planet, and the best way to get around Amsterdam is on two wheels. The city is connected by these little bike highways, and you can literally get anywhere in the city on a bicycle. But be careful and be warned… Dutch, extremely friendly as they are, will not tolerate people F***ing around in the bike lane. Number 2: the Red Light District. We know that your entire plan revolves around smoking a Dutch Tulip, sitting in a coffee shop , watching the ladies of the night beckoning you from across the canal, but there’s so much more in Amsterdam to do than that. Locals don’t do either of those two vices. The Red Light District is the historic core of the city. It dates back to the 17th century when the Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular was the hub of global trade. There’re tons of canal houses, tons of history if you can wash away that smoke cloud and get out and explore the city. You’re not supposed to smoke in public. There’re tons of rules around it. You’re supposed to do it in private or in the coffee shops. If you do smoke weed, read the laws and be respectful. Also, just to clarify, there’re coffee shops and then there are cafes. If you just actually want a coffee, do not go to a coffee shop. Go to a cafe because they don’t sell coffee at the coffee shops. Well they might. They don’t. Probably do. Spliffs. Number 3: the Van Gogh Museum Vincent Van Gogh was one of the most famous Dutch painters. He’s an impressionist, and he’s also my favorite artist, as you may be able to tell. Regardless, the Vincent Van Gogh Museum is an essential stop for any visitor to Amsterdam. It’s a three or four story cube building that is full of Vincent’s artwork, his personal letters to his brother. It really does give you a very in-depth look into Vincent Van Gogh’s life and the things that influenced his artwork and ultimately his tragic end. Number 4: Museumplein. More sober minds might actually like looking at museums, and in the Museumplein, which means Museum Square, you’re going to have a couple of great options. First up you’ve got the Rijksmuseum, which has tons of Rembrandt and the Dutch masters who were famous for landscapes and still life. Around the corner, you also have the Stedelijk Museum, which is the modern art museum, and there’s a really cool grassy area that’s kind of at a slant that’s perfect for watching the sky or having a picnic. There’s also the IAMsterdam sign, which is the essential selfie stop for any visitors. If you want some real artistic inspiration, or if you’re just looking for a place to chill out, head over to Vondelpark. It’s basically this beautiful expanse of ponds, willow trees, and it’s just a nice little area of green right in the city center. This beautiful ten acre park is right next to the Van Gogh Museum, so why don’t you just combine the two into an epic afternoon. Number 6 is Oud West. This is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Amsterdam. It’s a really cool place with tons of great food, coffee shops…… cafes or coffee shops? Cafes. I mean cafes. I’m sure there’re coffee shops there, too. It’s just a funky part of town. And if you want to live life like a local, I think this is one of the most accessible neighborhoods to get into. There’s also a really cool spot called the Foodhallen, which is a food hall. It opened a few years back, and it’s got a bunch of great pop-up restaurants. This is a destination in itself. One of my favorite types of food that I didn’t even know existed is surinamese food, and you can find it all over the Netherlands. Literally, it’s so good. Do yourself a favor: check out a Surinamese restaurant when you’re in Amsterdam. Number 7: Amsterdam Noord Another up and coming neighborhood is Amsterdam Noord. It used to be the heart of the Dutch ship building industry. It’s recently been taken over by artists and entrepreneurs who formed an artist colony at NDSM, which used to be the largest ship building factory in the world. Open for visitors, so go check it out. Overall a great neighborhood. If you’re comparing it to New York, formally known as New Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord would be like Brooklyn. Number 8: Brourwerij’t I J I don’t know how to pronounce it, but it’s a brewery, and it’s in an old windmill. Obviously, everybody knows the Dutch beers, like Heineken and Amstel, but this brewery is a craft brewery, and it’s in a very old Dutch windmill. Definitely worth a visit, if only for a pint outside, overlooking the canal. Number 9 is King’s Day. If you’re able to visit Amsterdam in the spring, plan around April 27th. This is King’s Day. It’s a giant street parade that celebrates the king’s birthday. It used to be known as Queen’s Day. If you’ve heard about that, it’s the same holiday, but now they have a king instead of a queen. If you can’t visit in the spring time, come in summertime. The biggest festival of the summer is the Pride Festival which celebrates Amsterdam’s long history as one of the most tolerant places on earth. It happens the first week of every August. Number 10: escape the city. The Netherlands is actually the most densely populated country in Europe. Fact. Yeah. And… that means that exploring different cities is really easy. Just outside of Amsterdam you have towns, small towns like Edam, famous for its cheese, Zaandam, famous for its windmills, or Rotterdam, famous for being totally flatten and rebuilt with amazing architecture. If you haven’t seen our videos from Rotterdam, click here. All right, guys. Those are our top ten tips on Amsterdam. If you’re from Amsterdam or you’ve been there, leave your own tips in the comment section so other travelers can learn from your advice, and vice versa. If you haven’t already, make sure you give this video a big thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe and turn on notifications, if you have not already. If you want to see more top ten travel guides, you can click up here on this card, and otherwise stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.

17 thoughts on “10 Surprising Reasons to VISIT AMSTERDAM | Budget Travel Guide

  1. Wrong advice tourist should not cycling in the city! Very dangerous to others and yourself unless you know how to cycling like Dutch!

  2. a few hundred meters away from the pont(the boat that brings you from central to north ).you can eat delicious food at ot and sien or ONS. the food is great and the price is too.The locals go there to enjoy their meals,and the service is very friendly. further down into north the more hip place to be is il picorino…much more expensive and more for yuppies…and so is smaaqt….(translated;tasts good)..good food but expensive

  3. You might be interested there is also a Blue Light district or rather, within the Red Light district there are also Blue Light shows, bars, etc. Just all depends on your taste ?

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