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Country rank: 1 out of 6 Places To Visit In Netherlands
Sub-Region: North Holland province
Ideal duration: 3-5 days
Best time: September-November
Nearest Airport: Amsterdam
The capital city of Netherlands probably has one of the most chilled out vibes across all cities of Europe. If you're travelling to Amsterdam, rest assured, it's going to be one of your most wonderful experiences. The city has everything, from a bustling night life, to picnic parks, to some spectacular museums. You're going to find yourself spoilt for choice!
Amsterdam took it's time to come into the European tourism scene, always living under the shadow of other major cities such as Milan, Paris and London. However, once the true potential of the city was unlocked, it became one of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists coming into the continent and European citizens as a whole. The city had mostly gained popularity in the early years for its red light district, for its nightlife and a relaxed attitude towards soft drugs. Now, after the renovations of the famous Museumplein, which houses the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the city has regained its enchanting artistic heritage, and has truly become a world-class destination for museums.
Ditch everything and rent a bike, have a picnic in the Vondelpark, go shopping in the streets of Jordaan, cruise in Amsterdam's picturesque canals, eat popular street foods such as the herring at the herring carts, visit the historical house of Anne Frank, or go beer tasting at de Gooyer's Brouwerij 'Tij (and the tons of microbreweries on offer throughout the city). The list of things you can do in this city is truly endless. Amsterdam is an absolute must visit on your European itinerary!
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Awesome history and museums. Great for nightlife and those looking to try out soft drugs. Beautiful, relaxing parks and distinctive culture.
Very expensive - stay, food and drinks - all. Can be awkward if visiting with parents.
A great city for history buffs, museum and art lovers. Also fantastic for its famous nightlife - a lot of students from nearby Germany come here only to party. Also wonderful if you want to experience a distinctive but cosmopolitan culture.