Destinations Magazine

8 Things to Do in Amsterdam

By Antipodeanblog @antipodeanblog
Amsterdam is a tourist mecca, and Easter is a great time to travel. This Easter, The Antipodean checked it out to see what all the buzz was about.
In no particular order, these are The Antipodean's Top 8 unmissable experiences for a long weekend in Amsterdam.
1.  Explore the canalsGetting lost in a new city is one of my favorite things to do. And Amsterdam is a city of serendipity, with gorgeous tree-lined canals around every corner. It's a pleasure to explore.
8 Things to Do in Amsterdam8 Things to Do in Amsterdam
2.  FOAM

Foam stands for Photography Amsterdam (in Dutch). It's a world renowned magazine with it's headquarters in Amsterdam. And if you're lucky enough to visit, you can pop into their wonderful museum to check out the latest exhibition, and grab a perfect macchiato and appeltaerte (Dutch apple pie) at the café downstairs. While I was there the light streaming in from outside gave it the perfect Saturday morning hipster coffee appeal.

3.  Anne Frank Museum
Like many, I read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was young. I remember feeling shock and surprise to find out she didn't survive the war. I was still at the age where the Disney Happy Ending was my dominant understanding of the way the world worked. Before his own death many years later, Anne's father helped the city of Amsterdam to preserve Anne's memory by converting the factory building where she hid for two years into a museum. This is absolutely unmissable. But reserve tickets online early - they'd sold out by the time I got to it, and I had to queue for nearly two hours.

8 Things to Do in Amsterdam

A replica of the bookcase that sealed the secret annexe where Anne and her family hid, in the position of the original bookcase.

4.  An afternoon at The HagueAll I knew about The Hague before visiting was that it was home to the International Criminal Court. That was enough curiosity to convince me to visit, once I realised it was under an hour from Amsterdam by train. I spent most of my time in the dystopian beach area of Scheveningen. With an enormous, mostly deserted, shopping mall right on the beach, along with a large pier, this area has a bizarre but fascinating vibe. It was worth visiting, but I'd suggest steering clear of the gelato... it tasted stale and watery.

8 Things to Do in Amsterdam

You can see why I called Scheveningen dystopian. This reminds me of the angels in suits on the beach in City of Angels.

5.  Van Gogh Museum
This hardly needs an explanation. My favorite Van Gogh (Starry Night) is on display at MoMA in New York, but this museum offers an insight into his earlier years, and includes his genius, well-known self-portrait. The queue is always long, but a stall across the road sells them for the same price - allowing you to join the pre-booked queue and save an hour or more!
6.  The Red Light DistrictNothing can prepare you for a wander through the red light district of Amsterdam. I'm not sure what surprised me more, that the streets were beautiful, or that the girls in the windows were beautiful! Apparently being a lady of the night is the second most popular part-time occupation for female medical students in this city. They're a far cry from the burly women walking the streets of K Rd in Auckland!
8 Things to Do in Amsterdam

7.  RijksmuseumThe National Gallery of the Netherlands is well worth a visit. Currently they're undergoing major renovations which have resulted in about 80% being closed. This turns each visit into an express tour of the best of the collection (for the time being). Dutch master Rembrandt's The Night Watch alone is worth the ticket price.
8.  Grass HouseDrugs, even when legal, are not my thing. But even I couldn't resist a quick visit to one of Amsterdam's many grass houses to find out what all the fuss was about. Out of curiosity, I asked the owner what flavor the muffins were. He shrugged and gave me "why does it matter?" look. 
May I warn you that even second hand smoke can procure quite a zing!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Frank Turner, Sam Coffey, and Bad Cop / Bad Cop Takeover Toronto!

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls played the middle show of a three-night takeover of The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Thursday night, and things... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Phjoshua
  • Our Favorite TV Shows of All-Time

    Even though we live in Los Angeles where the weather is nice most of the year, during the fall we sometimes just want to stay in, prepare a cup of hot cocoa... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   A Girl In La - Style Blog
  • Finished Boys Bedroom Makeover: Ethans Blue, White And Red Big Boy Room

    Finished Boys Bedroom Makeover: Ethans Blue, White Room

    Our little boy Ethan's, bedroom makeover is now finished and it feels so good to finally be able to say that! If you've been following our renovation journey,... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Alex_bumptobaby
  • How to Worsen Diabetes: Follow the ADA and CDA Advice

    Worsen Diabetes: Follow Advice

    If you have a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or have been dealing with the condition for years, where's a natural place you might go for support and... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • Safely Stored Away

    Safely Stored Away

    A bit of a panic today when I saw that temperatures might go down to 3C tonight and tomorrow night.  Whilst I had started to move some of my tender plants... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Patientgardener
  • 14% of American Adults Have Diabetes According to CDC

    American Adults Have Diabetes According

    A new report, just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pegs US diabetes rates, as of 2016, at 14.0% of adults. This includes cases of both... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Dietdoctor
  • 20 Boots & Hearts 2019 Artist Predictions

    Boots Hearts 2019 Artist Predictions

    Every year we look forward to the packed schedule of country music that takes place at Boots Hearts. We also sit and think and guess at who we're going to... Read more

    The 23 September 2018 by   Phjoshua