The Dutch capital of Holland, located in the western part of the Netherlands close to the North Sea, is one of Europe's biggest tourism destination. As a hub of culture, Amsterdam boasts incredible art galleries, museums, and live music, not to mention incredible nightlife. In the Old Centre, you can visit medieval architecture, a 17th century distillery called the Wynand Fockink, the stunning Esnoga, or Portuguese Synagogue, and the Royal Palace, which was built halfway through the 17th century. If you are a fan of the arts, then don't miss the incredible exhibits at the Rembrandt House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum, which holds works by Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. The Anne Frank House is a poignant destination that shouldn't be missed, while the Verzetsmuseum, or Dutch Resistance Museum, is a good addition that explains Dutch culture and bravery during the Second World War. For those eager to experience the nightlife, venture beyond the infamous Red Light District in the Old Centre and head to Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, both in the Canal Ring, where locals enjoy drinks and dancing at night. During the day, stroll the Canal Ring district and admire the incredible waterways that bring beauty to the city of Amsterdam.
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Best time to Travel and Getting There
Amsterdam has an oceanic climate, thanks to its proximity to the North Sea, and four distinct seasons. Winters are cool but still mild, with average temperatures of five degrees between December and February. Summers are significantly warmer, with temperatures averaging 20 degrees, which makes June, July, and August the most popular time of year to visit Amsterdam. Most travellers who come to Amsterdam fly into the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), which is 15 kilometres from the city centre. The airport can be accessed easily if you opt for an Amsterdam rental car, but other transport options include taxis, NS Dutch Railways, and the Amsterdam Airport Express bus.
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There are only eight windmills left in greater Amsterdam; a tour to Volendam and Marken will take you on a tour of two Dutch fishing villages, and onward to see the traditional Dutch windmills and polders. Sampling two famous cheeses, Gouda and Edam may put you in the mood for putting on some clogs, or klompen as they are known in Dutch.
Cutting edge couture
When you think of Amsterdam, fashion might not immediately spring to mind, especially if you have just klomped around in a pair of clogs. However, the city is quickly establishing itself as an alternative to the established catwalks of Paris and Milan. Blending practical tailoring and offbeat accessories, it has an ageless appeal and may just encourage you to dive into the nearest boutique for an asymmetrical bag or tilted hat. Try Van Baerlestraat for boutiques, P.C. Hooftstraat for high-end labels, and the Waterlooplein flea market for bargains.
Something that may already have your attention is Amsterdam's profusion of coffee shops. In another display of the city's open-mindedness, (and despite recent changes in smoking laws) cannabis is likely to be on the menu. If fruit teas and aromatic smoke aren't for you, the cafes are still worth visiting for their distinctive atmosphere and the convivial conversation. Head to the botanical gardens to find out what a 400-year-old potted plant looks like, and take a restful stroll in the subtropical house and medicinal herb garden.
The tragic story of Anne Frank is retold in a museum dedicated to her life and linked to the house in which she and her family hid from Nazi persecution. It was here that Anne wrote her diary, which was eventually published and has become one of the world's most widely read books. Other notable museums are the Rijksmuseum, which features the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, and the Van Gogh Museum, which has the largest collection of his paintings in the world.
Capturing the canals
In contrast to the colorful red light district, a candlelight cruise along the canals will provide a more reserved evening of entertainment. Illuminated at night, the 17th century bridges will have you reaching for your camera, and the Reguliersgracht is perhaps the most photographed stretch of water in Amsterdam. Hop on one of the many trams to Leidseplein to enjoy snazzy cocktail lounges and cool clubs, and join the in-crowd to dance the night away.