We thorougly enjoyed our weekend in Amsterdam, finally putting an end to our raising curiosity of the city.
As soon as we got there, we hired bikes and enjoyed visiting the city by riding them! Amsterdam is best known as the cycling capital of the world so there is no better way than exploring this Dutch capital than these. You can go way farther on these fixies than on a tram.
There are 881,000 bicycles in the city, which constitutes about 58% of people who cycle daily.
What to See in Amsterdam
Red Light District
We had heard a lot about the Red light district before going there. The single room brothels, prostitutes waiting for their customers dressed in minimal clothes, beautiful coffee shops, and liberated laws relating to prostitution and cannabis sounded fascinating to me. Apparently, the Red Light District tour Amsterdam was on the top of our list.
When we enquired we got to know that there are some guided tours that take visitors to the Red Light District during the night, which is probably the best time to visit the area. Some tours include one of the most exciting Dutch coffee shops and the sex museum as well.
The cabins of the prostitutes were tastefully decorated and illuminated with red lights. Their scanty clothes and the suitable makeover was alluring. Apart from this we pretty much liked the idea of sipping coffee beside a beautiful canal.
Anne Frank House
Next on the itinerary was a notable museum, the Anne Frank House. The story of a teenager who had to spend two years of her life in the hideout was terrifying, but worth paying a visit. So we decided to take a private Anne Frank House Tour to learn about the story indepth and get an insight into how they lived, fed, and were betrayed at the secret annex in Prinsengracht during the holocaust.
Anne Frank, the famous diarist and seven other members were forced into a hiding place during the Nazi's persecution. Her father ran an office at the Prinsengracht, which ultimately served the purpose of their hiding. They entered into the secret annex via a movable bookcase. The office staff used to feed them with the daily news of the outside world and food to keep them alive. After two years, the hideout was betrayed and eight of them were relocated to various concentration camps.
The time taken to walk through the suburb of Amsterdam was two hours along with our guide. It was an extremely informative tour and we returned highly enriched with almost all the details of the life of the famous diarist. The Anne Frank House Tour took us to visit this German- Jewish girl's first school, family home, and the shop where she bought her diary.
Other Things to Do in Amsterdam
The very first day we visited the Anne Frank House, the cheese museum, the tulip museum and the West church, which are all located within the 0.1 to 0.3 km from Anne Frank House. We ended the day on a raunchy note by visiting De Wallen, the red light district of Amsterdam. We were left with one day and we surely wanted to get most out of it and no one else could make it possible other than the guided Amsterdam Tours.
We kicked off the day with a healthy breakfast at an affordable restaurant and then moved forward with the city excursion. Firstly, we went to Rijksmuseum (you can skip the line if you buy a ticket online before you go). The museum is all about art and exhibits the best works of some famous artists like van Ruysdael, Rembrandt, Steen, Vermeer, and Hals. The museum next door was the Van Gogh (you can also get a skip the line ticket here), which is again an art museum that showcases Vincent Willem van Gogh's paintings and artifacts.
It was now lunch time and we chose a Dutch restaurant for lunch. The food was finger-licking good and can be eaten time and again. It was now time to walk through the streets of Leidseplein, an open square which is laden with adorable and cheeky coffee shops. Afterward, we took the canal cruise and explored the Jordaan neighborhood.
Our weekend was a most memorable one. We were taken aback by the breath-taking scenic beauty of this place. We thoroughly loved this trip and would want to visit this amazing city over and again.
Lastly, we would strongly recommend this city if you are looking forward to a holiday somewhere in Europe.