A Short Weekend in Amsterdam

Over the years Amsterdam has remained a popular destination because of its impressive architecture, beautiful canals.For those who are on a budget and only have a few days to see the capital of the Netherlands.

Take a seat: Nieuwmarkt Square

This 14th Century castle-like structure is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Amsterdam. A former city gate, cargo weigh house and tax office it now houses a restaurant. But sitting outside is not limited to its roadside terrace. On a summer afternoon, any open space in Amsterdam is good for locals and tourists alike to sit down and enjoy the rays.

An Acquired Taste: Maatjesharing

Don’t be freaked out by the fact that it is raw. When in Amsterdam, be an Amsterdammer and at least try one of these freshly cleaned raw herrings with onions from a street stall, preferably on the Albert Cuyp market, the largest daily open air market in Europe.

Shopping between the Canals: The Nine Streets

Wherever you go, shopping streets will offer the same global brands. Boring. In Amsterdam head for ‘The Nine Streets’ between the main canals, near Dam square for vintage and designer clothes, local and international delicacies, art galleries and a range of lovely cafes and restaurants.

Plan Ahead

“Amsterdam boasts a number of world class sites, like the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. Buying tickets on the spot means getting in line, often literally for hours. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead. Buy your tickets online for a fixed time slot and walk right in.”

Then Head South

to find where the locals spend their time relaxing when away from home. Home to both the Museum Quarter and Vondelpark, the area of south Amsterdam is the place to head to if you are looking to relax either inside or outside. Vondelpark is a great way to enjoy the city the way the locals do by taking in a show at the open-air theater in the park or just laying in the sun as the hours roll by. Or head to the Museum Quarter to wonder at the masterpieces of famous Dutch painters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. If you are headed to the Museum Quarter and are planning on seeing multiple museums during your time in Amsterdam it might be worth investing in a “Museumkaart,” a pass good for a year that will get you into 34 of the most popular museums in Amsterdam for free.

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