Amsterdam is one city you must put on your bucket list to visit. Of course, it is best known for it’s tulips, the Red Light District, and the Coffeeshops selling their wares to a toking clientele. There is so much more to do and see while you are there though. Rent a bike or take the bus and visit the Van Gogh Museum or be lazy in a canopy of shady green in Vondelpark. Check out the De Pijp district for cheap ethnic meals and nineteenth century architecture. Bike over to Nine Streets for more upscale restaurants and fine boutiques. There are also fine foods to be found on Elandsgracht Street located in the Canal Ring.
Be sure and visit the Anne Frank House, but go either early or late afternoon to avoid the long lines to get in. By all means, visit the Artis Zoo if you are an animal lover. If you want to experience the multicultural Amsterdam, be sure and check out Albert Cuypmarkt, where there is everything from fresh foods, to clothing and many other odds and ends for your shopping delight. If you are a fan of Heineken beer, be sure and take a tour of the Heineken Experience where you can guzzle three for free at the end of the tour.
The Red Light District is a must see, of course, but do not take pictures of the prostitutes or the police may throw your camera in the canal. Amsterdam’s Leidseplein is the entertainment center offering casinos, concert venues, nightclubs and most popular of all, the “coffee shops”. The most famous being De Rokerij. There are many fine, historic hotels, De L’Europe is a good choice and one of the most famous and located in the center of the city.
For the traveler on a budget, there are many hostels and private residences to rent for a good price as well. The best times to visit are April and May or September through November, but if you are on a budget, go in the winter for smaller crowds and lowered hotel rates.