Synonyms for this city are the red neighborhood, coffee shops, ie places where the sale and consumption of cannabis are allowed, characteristic water canals, architecture and cyclists you can find everywhere. Bike trails and roads are located all over the city. There are about 400 kilometers. There are traffic lights for cyclists. When you are in Amsterdam respect the old adage “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” It is mandatory to visit the Bloemenmarkt Floating Market, which sells everything related to flowers (from seeds to various tulip bulbs). The market stretches to Muntplein Square named after the tower (which for a period in the history of the city served as a mint). It was designed by Hendrick de Keyser. Keyser is an important architect from the 16th and 17th centuries, responsible for the style of construction known as the Renaissance of Amsterdam. He designed other objects in the city (Bartolotti House, Zuiderkerk, Westerkerk) Painter Rembrandt was buried in Wsterkerk in an unknown location.
Kalverstraat is a pedestrian zone and a main street with shops. It is less than one kilometer long. It ends at the most important city square of Dam. There is the Nieuwe Kerk Royal Palace, the church where royal inaugurations and weddings take place. It is known as the venue for many exhibitions. Behind the palace is a De Bierkoning shop that offers 900 types of beer. Waterlooplein hosts popular flea markets every day (except Sunday) and runs until 5:30 pm.
Lovely Amsterdamers will lend you a bike or rent one (MacBike, Yellow Bike). The Netherlands and its capital are known for their liberal drug trafficking relationship (cannabis sales are illegal but not punishable). The law tolerates a maximum of 5 grams of cannabis may be sold to an individual over 18 years of age.
Vondelpark is a site named after a Dutch poet. The park is located near the city center. Spring and summer are ideal for pick-up and outdoor concerts. The park is a relaxing oasis in the city center. You should visit the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum if you have enough time. Here you will see works from the Golden Age (Rembrandt, Veermer). Buy tickets online to avoid standing in long queues. Close to the museum is Albert Cuypstraat Street, where the fair is held every day (except Sundays) until 5:30 pm. The entire old part of the city is protected by UNESCO. It’s worth a look.
You can spend part of the day aimlessly wandering its canals, watching the boats and interesting narrow houses with facades. You can see modern residential architecture on the so-called Borneo Island (eastern part of the city). You can visit the NEMO interactive science museum. There is a food fair on Saturday in Noordermarkt Square. In summer, you can swim in Lake Ijmeer and sunbathe on the 250-meter-long Blijburg aan zee beach in this city. A large green area in the south of the city is Amsterdamse Bos. You can also visit the Anne Frank Museum or the birthplace of Anne Frank.
Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City (Geert Mak)
Amsterdam has been a staple for traders, artists and travelers for centuries. Its specificity is that Amsterdam is a city of dreams and nightmares, beautiful architecture and legendary beauty. This is a city of many controversies and tragedies like the one described all over the world in Anne Frank’s little girl’s diary. In A Brief Life of the City travelogue, author Geert Mak reveals the city’s soul, history, locations you need to visit, and offers a wealth of information that will reveal the charms and flaws of the beautiful city of Amsterdam.