Known for its artistic heritage, elaborated canal system & narrow houses, Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands and is full of free spirit. It is one of the best cities to visit because of its 17th and 18th-century architecture. Amsterdam has grown up to four times its previous size and has become the third-largest city in the world after London and Paris. An entire world of fascinating stories, spellbinding art, and architecture resides within this city. They say, ‘whatever you’re looking for in a city, you’ll find it in Amsterdam.’
If you happen to land in Amsterdam for 48 hours, you should truly immerse yourself here and feel the pleasures of the day and playfulness of the night. Only then will you be able to understand what makes the Dutch tick.
MUST STAY at the Dylan Hotel
Dylan Hotel is a centrally located hotel amidst the nine streets shopping quarter. It’s a 10-minute distance from Amsterdam’s elegant museums. An old 17th-century arch and courtyard lead into this very hip boutique hotel. With atmospheric neighborhoods, you can enjoy a nice coffee alfresco in the inner courtyard too. The hotel has plush furnishings, polished lobbies, and a hippy bar and not to forget the Michelin starred restaurant for your hunger pangs. Amsterdam offers one of the most delicious street foods and laid-back lifestyle.
MUST EAT at the Greetje Restaurant
Amsterdam is known for its standard meat and vegetarian options. A lot of intriguing and regional options can also be spotted in this city. The Greetje restaurant offers traditional Dutch delicacies including flavourful terrines and fresh fish options with pickled beef too. The culture of Dutch people is quiet traditional so they tend to eat early and sleep early. This is why most restaurants close down around 10 pm so make sure you don’t miss out on your food.
MUST VISIT Anne Frank House & Famous Museums
If you are ever in Amsterdam, don’t miss out on visiting the famous Anne Frank House. It is a must-visit place in Amsterdam to learn about the poignant story of a young Jewish girl who wrote her famous diary while hiding in the attic from the Nazis. It’s actually a very mysterious and thrilling story! Another major place to head is the Museum Square for discovering the culture of Dutch. The Rijksmuseum building is a classic structure where the entry costs around 17.5 Euros. Another famous museum is the Van Gogh Museum where Van Gogh’s greatest hits are on a display. Another Russian museum is lesser-known but definitely a cultural offering.
MUST SHOP Delft pottery
Located in the south of Amsterdam is the town of Delft where famous Delftware is produced. It is one of the most prized souvenirs to take back home with you. THE Delft pottery found its popularity way back in the 16th-century and is notable for its attractive blue and white glaze. You may find numerous replicas and cheap versions of these in cheap markets but only a few claims to be the actual Delftware. You should visit the Jorrit Heinen to find the real deal and put a hole in your pocket. For something more affordable, go to the Bloemenmarket for exclusive styles that will make your garden pop.
MUST EXPLORE the locals
Amsterdam is a cultural melting pot. It has the finest examples of Dutch cheese, fresh stroopwafels, and other native delicacies. Amsterdam is highly defined by its canals and so, you will encounter one of the best walks along the 17th-century grand canal: Grachtengordel-the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. These are a must-visit if you want to enjoy a fun walk along the canal in this ever beautiful city. The best way to see this city is not from above, but below sea level. So take a boat tour too and sink in Amsterdam’s splendid architecture.
Visiting Amsterdam at any time of the year is enjoyable if you have a tour guide. We hope this will help and make your short trip easier!