Travel Tips: Amsterdam

Travel Tips: Amsterdam - The Dance Grad

Amsterdam is one of those cities that has a stigma attached to it due to their legalization of cannabis and prostitution. To be completely honest with you, I was a bit nervous about going there because of that very reason, but once I arrived, I was surprised by what I found. Not only was it a very quaint and picturesque city, but the people were very nice, and the food was fairly decent. Here are my travel tips for visiting Amsterdam!

Amsterdam - The Dance Grad

My Favorite Attractions

Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)

This was a really nice view into the history of Dutch painter and etcher, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. They’ve basically made his former residence into a museum showing you what each room was used for while he lived there with his former belongings on display. There’s also an art gallery on the top floor with commissioned work from other artists!

Amsterdam - The Dance Grad

Amsterdam - The Dance Grad

Boat Tour on The Canal

Yes, its basically exactly as it sounds. You get on a boat and they take you on a tour of the city via their very intricate system of canals! My favorite part of this was seeing the boat houses that are situated along the sides of some of the canals.

Reypenear Cheese - The Dance Grad

Cheese Tasting

Amsterdam is known for their gouda cheese, and there is one cheese specialty shop called Raypenaer right by the Anne Frank House that offers wine and cheese tastings! They give you a variety of pairings from very young and light cheeses to really aged and strong ones as well. They also have an award winning gouda that we were able to try and pair with a nice red wine. If you have the time and are a big fan of cheese like I am, then I’d definitely stop by this place for a tasting.

Food & Drink Suggestions

1. We went to a few fairly decent restaurants, but I would definitely suggest going to a little place called Gartine. They had really great food with very fresh ingredients, and their desserts were really nice as well.

Heineken - The Dance Grad

2. Also, if you like Heineken beer, then get some in Amsterdam because its Dutch! To me, it tasted better there than it does in the UK or the US, but I’m not sure if that was because it was on tap or if it is actually better in the Netherlands.

Tips On Visiting Popular Attractions

The Red Light District

I personally felt a bit uncomfortable seeing how the women are basically on display in the windows, but other than that its fairly safe to just walk around in that area. I definitely wouldn’t suggest going alone, but if you’re with at least one other person, you will be totally fine. Actually, its a bit subtle at first when you walk through it. We didn’t even know that we were there until we saw a store front with four women standing in it. I’m not going to get into my moral beliefs on the actualities of this particular issue, but while you’re in Amsterdam, its definitely worth seeing once in your lifetime.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House - The Dance Grad

All the travel website warn of this as well, but on most days, there will be a very long line in front of the Anne Frank House. If this is something that you are interested in seeing while you’re in Amsterdam, make sure to either plan for a wait of about 2 hours outside or get there 30 minutes to an hour before they open in the morning. Also beware of the days that they’re closed because you don’t want to get there and then realize that they’re not opened at all that day. My advice would definitely be to check their website beforehand to see: a. if they’re opened on the day you’re planning to go and b. What time they open in the morning so you can get there early enough to beat the crowd.

 

Final Thoughts: Amsterdam is a very cute city with some really nice areas along their famous series of canals. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance!

 

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  • fashionbirdnyc

    Great post! I will making a trip to Amsterdam next year! :)

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    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you!!! And that’s awesome! I hope this post helped & that you have fun :)

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    Great round-up! Amsterdam is the first European city I visited. Though I had a very different sentiment than you did about the stigma… I was extremely excited to check out such a progressive and “non-judgmental” place. I found that the Dutch are some of the friendliest people, and their country to be colorful and full of character.

    Catherine | The Single Diaries

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you! I completely agree about finding that the people from there are very friendly!! I also agree that legalizing such things that aren’t legal here takes away the element of judgement in a sense, and it also regulates it the point where things don’t get out of control for the women of that profession (one would hope), but still walking through there made me sort of jumpy for some reason. Maybe I’m just overly cautious or paranoid lol Thanks for your comment :)

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