Visiting Amsterdam may spring thoughts of drugs and prostitution straight to the forefront of your mind, however the capital of The Netherlands offers so much more than this modern day “short break decadence”.
A more romantic part of Amsterdam is undoubtedly the UNESCO world heritage recognised canals that flow through and encompass the city. A canal tour ticket around the city can be bought for as low as €9 per person for an hour round trip. Of course there are the more luxurious canal boat options with lunch or dinner included after sunset. Most boat tours begin from Central Station or Stadhouderskade.
Visiting Anne Frank’s Huis is also a must see. Arriving as early as possible or around dinnertime, seem the best times to visit to avoid lengthy cues – An hour’s wait however may be considered the average time. The house itself is particularly interesting and the museum literature is as moving and engaging as Anne’s story as you walk through the house and up the steep stairs of the secret Annex.
Another main attraction you may be inclined to visit when in Dam, is the Heineken experience. From my personal experience, I would suggest saving your €18.00 and time, spending it on Heineken in an actual bar instead! Preferably in Leidseplein Square, where you can check out the cozy and musically thriving Jazz Café Alto. http://www.jazz-cafe-alto.nl
If the above hasn’t swayed you, check out some photos from my trip. Happy roaming!