If you’re heading to Amsterdam any time soon then there are a few things that you pretty much have to do if you don’t want to miss out on the complete Mokum experience.
We have drawn up a list of what we think are the ten best holiday activities the city has to offer – see if you can check of everything on our list!
The Amsterdam top ten
Lets get some culture in here somewhere – after all Amsterdam does have more museums per square mile than any other city in Europe. The beauty of this is that there is certain to be one that interests you, from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to the (fairly bizarre) spectacle museum, museum of bags and purses and Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
2. Amsterdam Bike Tour
Cycling is a huge part of the Amsterdam way of life, and a bike tour is the best way to get a sense of the city. A good one lasts between 3 and 4 hours (there’s a lot to see after all), and is a great place to pick up local tips and ideas for other things to do. If you want to do something truly unique, get a beer bike tour or a bubbly bike tour – be warned, these can be fairly exhausting.
3. Canal Cruise
Amsterdam’s canals are a huge part of its heritage and history, besides being stunningly beautiful. Canal cruises come in all shapes and sizes, and are a great way to see the city from a new perspective.
4. Amsterdam Bar Crawl
The Amsterdam Bar Crawl is something of an institution. Several companies run an Amsterdam Bar Crawl, so there is a great selection to choose from. They operate in several different areas of the city, and the good thing about them is that they are an excellent way to meet other visitors to the city.
Amsterdam Bar Crawl companies bring together big groups that then move as a unit from bar to bar, sometimes with up to one hundred people. This is a great way to meet people and then not immediately lose them when you move on to the next place.
5. Cheese tasting
Amsterdam is famous for its fine cheese, and there are a lot of places in the city that offer special cheese tasting services. These normally don’t cost too much, and are a really great way to learn something interesting about the local produce. The Dutch eat cheese virtually continuously, so it’s a nice way to get a sense of how the locals live too.
6. Amsterdam Brewery Tour
Ahhhh the amber nectar. The Dutch are serious about beer. Recovering from almost a century of what frankly amounted to the tyranny of the Heinkenen Brewing Company, the craft beer scene in Amsterdam is in the process of really getting on its feet.
This is an exciting time for Dutch beer, and there are some independent breweries in Amsterdam that are truly inimitable. If you’re interested then do not miss a trip to De Bekeerde Suster, where you can get a taste of a more old school selection of Dutch beers that survived the Heineken years.