For a very long time, I wanted to visit this incredible destination, and finally, I did. On my way home from my Greek adventure, no matter how I tried to plan my flight back, it would direct me through Amsterdam. So, if I have to stop there anyway, I might as well spend a few days there. I stayed at the Sofitel The Grand, a 30-year-old hotel right in the middle of all the action in Amsterdam.
It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is much to do and see during your visit. To help you create an itinerary for your vacation, we've decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam.
1. Take a historical canal ride.
The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired. Since hundreds of canals throughout the nation were created just for travel, there is no reason not to try this popular attraction. During your gentle water ride, you'll view some of the country's most detailed architecture and beautiful landscapes.
2. Take a walk through the wildflowers.
Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.
3. Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums.
Check out paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists, or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.
4. Walkthrough De Wallen, the nation's red-light district.
Although it's famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district's fine restaurants or small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you can rent a bike anywhere in the country.
5. Last but not least, you mustn't leave the country without trying some of its authentic Dutch cuisines or experiencing one of its cannabis coffeehouses.
People travel from all over the world to Amsterdam to encounter these coffee shops in person. In Amsterdam, marijuana is simply a way to unwind, and these coffee houses are some of the most reputable and reliable sources to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a puff of smoke as you dine.
Three days is not enough time to check out this beautiful city, which hosts so many treasures, but I hope you enjoy these photos and inspire you to visit Amsterdam. Should you like to add it to one of the stops on your European itinerary, pleasecontact me so we can start planning your adventure.
About Sheyla Paz
Sheyla was born and raised in Cuba. Moved to the United States 21 years ago. She is a Journalist, Actress, Producer, and Photographer with a passion for travel. Sheyla launched the travel agency out of her desire to share her culture, music, dance, and the architecture of her homeland with others. Her agency provides travel arrangements to all Latin countries, the Caribbean islands and Europe. She has several award wining short films and was recognized as a leading media personality in the Latino community in Tennessee with the award “Beacon of Light” in 2019. Sheyla was one of the few Cuban-American journalists selected to travel to Cuba with President Barack Obama in 2016 as part of the White House Press Corp. Sheyla is an ASTA Verified travel advisor, Signature Travel Network Luxury Certified Travel advisor and several destination specialist in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is also certified in Luxury River and Ocean cruises.
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