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This blog was written for the traveler who is looking for a different kind of travel experience. I will show you some of the cool things to do in Amsterdam. I think that Amsterdam is one of the most unique places I have ever been, but with that being said, I am a nerd with a wild side. Amsterdam satisfies that part of me that loves to learn something new, and also allows me to really kick back and have an amazing time in one of the most accepting cities on the planet.
Ok, let’s get started with a few fun facts that made me go Hmmm!
Five Fun Facts
1.Did you know that in 1850, 30% of the population in Amsterdam lived off begging?
2.A cool fact to know: if you are thirsty, the water in the Amsterdam canals are so clean that the Artis Zoo gives its elephants pure drinking water straight from the Amsterdam canals. No, I’m not calling you an elephant.
3.Ok, this one got me! I did not know that dancing was forbidden in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 20th century. Who would have thought that this city would not let people get down?
4.I guess when biker got upset with their bike, they just jumped off and threw it into the canal; because every year an average 10,000 bikes are dredged out of the Amsterdam canals.
5.Amsterdam got its name from the Amstel River, now you know.
When visiting Amsterdam you will notice that most people get from point A to B on a bike. There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam, so you will get your exercise in during this vacation for sure. Wow, over 800,000 bikes that’s more than people! Don’t worry about riding your bike in traffic and risking getting hit by a car, Amsterdam has an amazing network of cycling routes. Cycling in Amsterdam is safe, enjoyable and invigorating. So join in with the locals and hop on your bike and enjoy the beauty of this old city.
The canals in Amsterdam were constructed in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay. If you are looking to get a relaxing view of the city what better way to do that than on a canal cruise. That allows you to see the city from a different vantage point. There are many different canal cruises to choose from, hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night time cruises with food and wine.
Diarist Anne Frank gave us a vision of what it was like for the Jews during World War II. While in Amsterdam you have to see the home where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, after leaving Germany. The front of the house takes you back in time, while to back annex that has been preserved allows you to see what life was like for Anne Frank and the families she hid with. I got caught off guard thinking that this would not be a busy attraction, boy was I wrong. So, if you don’t want a long wait it is best to visit early in the morning or book online in advance to beat the crowds.
I also was very surprised to see that the world’s largest Van Gogh collection was in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Who knew? You will find his painting and drawing including “Sunflowers” and “Almond Blossom.” This museum is one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy his works. Nerd satisfied! Van Gogh was a tortured artist, who cut off his own ear and committed suicide at the rise of his success. He left behind some spectacular pieces for the world to enjoy.
Now let’s take a walk on the wild side. The red light districts are not for everyone, but if you decide to visit go with an open mind. To be honest, everything that I had heard about the red light district was true. This place is definitely not Sunday school! You will find from brothels to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. One of the things that may concern those who are considering visiting, is the question of if it is safe. Contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn’t as dangerous as it used to be.
What will you find in the red light district are plenty of sex shops, peep shows, brothels, an elaborate condom shop, a sex museum and prostitutes in red-lit windows. Prepare to be shocked!!
Let’s be honest
Prostitution has enjoyed a long tradition of tolerance in Amsterdam. Did you know that Sex-workers here have their own union, plenty of police protection, an information center for visitors, frequent monitoring and testing and professional standards? Well, now you know.
Amsterdam may not be for everyone, but I found this to be one of the most eventful and exciting trips that I have ever taken. I learned a lots of cool things about the city, saw great art by Van Gogh, rode a bike around town and got to let my hair down in the red light district. I would recommend this city to anyone!!