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A Weekend in Amsterdam

created by fahad on 2015-07-06

A Weekend in Amsterdam

A weekend in Amsterdam can be as naughty, as relaxing, or as enlightening as you want it to be. If you’re short on time, you’ll be glad to hear that two days is time enough to accomplish quite a bit in this multifaceted city. It's the perfect destination for a bachelor/ette party, a romantic getaway, a backpacking adventure, or even a family holiday, and there's no lack of things to do in Amsterdam.

Even though they're touristy, we nevertheless recommend a canal tour or one of the many free walking tours to get you generally acquainted with your surroundings on your short trip to Amsterdam. Following this, the Rijksmuseum should be on every art lover's itinerary. You'll be treated to a handsome collection of Dutch classical art. Across the square there's the much-frequented Van Gogh museum, and Amsterdam regularly hosts other collections of modern art, too. The Anne Frank House is another landmark museum in Amsterdam, although be prepared to wait in line.

For a coffee head to Vertigo, a restaurant and café with a terrace, located inside the Vondelpark. Or else relax in the park with a waffle or frietjes with mayonnaise and enjoy the open-air performances. Another great idea is renting a bicycle and exploring.

While some of you may be attracted to the De Wallen / De Walletjes (Red Light District) out of curiosity, there can be no denying that Amsterdam’s extremely tolerant approach to sex and drugs is liberating. In these quarters you can peep in on sex shows, live or otherwise, try out some marijuana at a coffee shop, or even visit the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum for an introduction to cannabis.

No weekend in Amsterdam would be complete without crepes - we recommend you enjoy them at the Upstairs Pancake House. For simple and delicious Dutch cuisine, head to Moeders.

If you’re not sure of where you’re staying on your weekend trip to Amsterdam, we recommend Hotel Brouwer for budget travelers, or the Wiechmann or Pultizer Hotels along the canal for a taste of luxury. You could also choose to stay at the quirky Hotel Arena, which was formerly an orphanage. Have a great weekend among the canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam!
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    Vondelpark

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    Park / Zoo

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    Van Gogh Museum

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    Museum / Gallery

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    Rijksmuseum

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    Museum / Gallery

    The Rijksmuseum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛiksmyˌzeːjʏm]; English: National Museum) is a Dutch nat...

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    Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum

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    Museum / Gallery

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    Museum / Gallery

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    Hotel

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    Hotel

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    Moeders

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    Hotel Arena

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