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The question that many backpackers are now asking is whether or not the city is still worth visiting. Is there more to Amsterdam than “coffee shops” and the “red light district?” Contrary to what some backpackers believe, the answer is very much YES. Here are six OTHER reasons to visit Amsterdam!
The first thing that tourists usually notice about Amsterdam is that the city is not exactly short on canals. Though nowhere near the labyrinth of Venice, it’s surprisingly easy to explore the entire city without ever setting foot on dry land.
And even if you don’t feel like taking a cruise, the cities canals also lead to a unique atmosphere and a city that certainly has no shortage of picnic spots.
If you haven’t been drinking, and you know how to cycle, there’s no better way to explore the city of Amsterdam than by bike. Amsterdam is most famous for being the city of a million bikes. It also happens to be home to plenty of flat, quiet streets that are perfect to peddle them down.
Despite being a busy and densely populated city, Amsterdam has no shortage of beautiful city parts. Arguably the nicest, and certainly the biggest, is Vondelpark. Ample cycle paths are combined with small, tranquil lakes and the parks many cafes make it the perfect choice for a lazy day out. The Blue Teahouse, or Blauwe Theehuis, is particularly worth a visit, offering both a large terrace and surprisingly low prices.
As the home of Heineken, Amsterdam actually has some pretty great nightlife spots. While the prices are as high as you would expect from a Western European city, a night out in Amsterdam is not something anyone should miss. From quiet canal side bars to hectic techno clubs, from dance music to rock, there’s no shortage of places to party in the Dutch capital.
History buffs will find plenty to amuse themselves with in Amsterdam, with the Anne Frank House arguably being the most memorable. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who hid in Amsterdam during the Second World War. Her families home has been carefully preserved and is nothing short of haunting.
For those looking for a slightly less depressing day out, the Vincent Van Gogh museum is an excellent alternative. Housed in a strikingly modern building, it contains a surprisingly vast selection of the late artists greatest works.
The Nearby Countryside
Should you find yourself getting a little tired of the hectic nature of inner city Amsterdam, you’re likely to appreciate the stunning countryside that’s less than twenty minutes away by train.
The Dutch countryside is just as flat and windmill packed as the stereotypes would have you believe. Provided you visit during the Spring, it’s also home to some of the worlds most colorful Tulip fields.
John Taylor has been travelling for the past five years. He is currently working on top ten features related to travel.