Undoubtedly one of the most well-known cities in the world, Amsterdam is a cultural hotspot and one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. As the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam has a youthful, modern, and liberal feel to it, famously known for its red-light districts and the legal use of cannabis. But don't worry, there are plenty of non-hedonist activities in Amsterdam for culture vultures and outdoor enthusiasts.
With no castles, high rise buildings or grand palaces to visit, you can spend your time strolling or cycling around the picturesque canals with bridges connecting cobbled lanes taking pictures or take time to visit the fabulous museums and galleries, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the famous Anne Frank House. If things get too hectic, take a bike and cycle to Vondelpark for some peace and quiet.
There are also some great day trips from Amsterdam, including the must do trip to Zaanse Schans, known for its historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses.
Transport to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most well connected European cities in terms of flights. With a huge airport, it is a major hub for Transatlantic flights from the United States and Canada, being one of the main entry points for many travelers visiting Europe. As such, it makes a great city to begin or end your European adventure, connecting perfectly with many other European cities by air, train and bus.
With its attractive array of canals and waterways, Amsterdam is the perfect city for you to go for a wander. Explore on foot and stop to take photographs of its attractive architecture and picturesque canals or rent a bike and cycle your way around the city.