Crowded & unveiled Coffee (weed/smoking) Shops, World’s Best Museums & Historical Buildings, Red Light Area on canal side, Nature Parks, Bikini Girls in Fluorescent Dresses inside Dark Glass Boxes, 8 Lanes Narrow Roads including separate roads for Cyclist and Tram, WW2 Jew Torture Anne Frank House, 1 miter wide multi-story houses, Canals for daily travel and many more strange things will make you reconsider what is luxury, comfort and happiness. Cyclists have equal social status as car. Smoking weed is not utmost immoral sin. Sex shops are open all night.
It was 20th June 2015, I with my wife was on London to Amsterdam flight. From top, Schiphol’s airport, canals, parks & markets were looking unique. We booked Hotel Blue Square near Slotermeerlaan. For transport, we took a 3 day pass, it is very cheap and works on all trams. Tram Station was just on the gate of our hotel. Coming 3 days , we tour too many places and the bests are following.
Red Light Area
An exceptional appeal that is available only to Amsterdam, the Red Light region gives an absolutely unfamiliar scene to see and analyze. With its dazzling illumination, mixed race inhabitants and bar panorama, visiting the quarters will certainly give you a couple of unforgettable stories to tell.
Canals Walkways, Ferryboats and Houseboats
Canals are real roads of Amsterdam, ferryboats are cars and houseboats are homes. We had stayed for 1 day in the classic Amsterdam canal house that was very old, historical and picturesque. The houses are very tall and narrow, which isn’t just so they look nice – back when they were building them, they were taxed on the width of the houses, so they are all very narrow and instead have great depth and height. They lean on each other for support – most of them don’t stand straight up anymore.
We went a coffee shop on Prins Hendrikkade Road opposite Amsterdam Central Station. It was strange feeling to watch this kind of shop. The shop was big like museum and has hundreds of types of raw material flavours for smokers.
Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum
The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum are stacked to the rafters with world-class works. Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Museumplein is best thing to see in Amsterdam. It is like traditional and cultural summary of city evolution.
As tram was free we went Valdal Park twice, one in early morning, and one in evening. With 10 million visitors a year, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is the best natural park. Other attractions were the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with playground for children, and the historical Pavilion with its restaurant Vertigo etc.
Anne Frank House
Once home to the eponymous diarist and her ill-fated family provides an agonising insight into the plight of Jews during the Second World War. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding. Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex
Hidden behind a heavy wooden door on Spui Square it was magical Begijnhof court that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is an ideal paradigm of history and culture.
Primarily an industrial & residential neighbourhood, the Jordaan’s slender streets and old-fashioned buildings nowadays make up one of Amsterdam’s best tourist attraction, strewn with free fine art galleries, antiques items stores, stunning gardens and distinctive bars.