WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
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Beautiful. Charming. Suggestive. Exciting. Elegant. Full of life. Amsterdam is, indeed, a unique city, to be experienced. Even for just a few days. A place to discover slowly, in every corner. A Weekend in Amsterdam, hardly enough, will be enough to appreciate its beauty. It is still a beginning
DAY 1 WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
Museums, attractions, monuments and lots of nightlife. You will hardly be able to relax during your vacation in the Capital. Above all, having little time available. A splendid cruise fluvial, is the best way to become familiar with the city, and appreciate its beauty ... from a rather romantic perspective. Along the Amstel, you will come across numerous shipping companies, which offer crossings of one or more hours. Lovers Canal Cruises is one of these, with prices starting from 16 €. More info from here.
After a relaxing guided tour by boat, it's time for a visit to the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseums. We recommend visiting them both on two different days.
Il Rijksmuseums it is an extraordinary complex dedicated to Dutch art and history. It is easily accessible by public transport. Numerous buses, and the 2, 5 and 12 lines of the trams, stop nearby. The nearest metro station is Vijzelgracht, about 700 meters away.
At the Rijksmuseums, you will admire the works of Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt and his pupils. Extraordinary collections of Asian art, musical instruments, relics and period costumes, glass, porcelain, an impressive arsenal, and much more. A sequence of 80 galleries, for almost 800 years of art history. The Rijksmuseums is a must-see during a Weekend in Amsterdam.
It is open every day, including holidays and Sundays, from 09: 00 to XUMUMX: 17. The full fare ticket costs 17.50 €, while the Under 18 come in for FREE. Through this link you can buy tickets with priority entry, avoiding the line.
After a few hours spent at the museum, it is time to relax and regain energy. At just 10 minutes of walking, the De Blauwe Hollander is a typical Dutch restaurant, with fairly reasonable prices. It is warmly recommended. In the immediate vicinity, perhaps in an attempt to dispose of the typical Dutch lunch or dinner, just a few minutes walk from 8 / 9, the splendid Vondelpark, the green lung of Amsterdam. It is the perfect place to admire many species of trees and plants. If the weather is gracious, you could take advantage of it for a picnic, lying on the grass.
After giving vent to your bucolic passions, it's time to have fun: here, in Amsterdam, it's a must. Stop in the most transgressive district of Amsterdam: the Red-light-district, full of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, sex shops and ... of course the famous windows where beautiful girls pose waiting for customers. In Holland, prostitution is legal. If you are single, with friends or with your dog, take advantage of it; otherwise, stay away because you could attract your partner's wrath!
Amsterdam is, above all, the home of coffee shops where you can "smoke", drink, or eat something hot. In the city you can find more than 200. Here are some:
1 Abraxas: a few steps from Dam Square. Wood, mosaics and paintings made by hand characterize the interiors. 2 BulldogInternationally renowned, it also has hotel rooms in Amsterdam. It is an icon in the world, well known, and, for this reason, rather high prices. Kanoa recommends the Bulldog in Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the red light district. 3 Barney's: located ad Haarlemmerstraat a few steps from the center; here you will find a quality and a courtesy hardly found in other coffe shops, a little 'local and average prices.
For those who do not want to miss anything at all, we recommend tasting the famous Febo's croquettes. Always fresh from the day, you will find them exposed in special vending machines, ready to be bought, and devoured. Personally they did not impress me, but they are rather popular around here.
DAY 2 WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
To start the best, make a jump to the Koffie Cultuur Centrum; offers an excellent espresso but also cappuccino and delicious cakes or pies, with average prices. It is located in the splendid Dam Square, real pulsating heart of the city, with beautiful buildings, palaces, monuments and shops. Dominates the square, the Koninklijk Paleis, splendid example of Dutch Baroque Architecture. Once a town hall, today it is the Royal Palace, as well as the most important historical monument. Inside, you can admire majestic rooms and beautiful paintings.
The complex is open from Monday to Sunday from 10: 00 to 17: 00. Closed during official ceremonies, state visits and special occasions. The adult ticket costs 10.00 €. Free for children under the age of 18.
Would you like to pose alongside stars and celebrities like Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, George Clooney? Maybe, a selfie with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift or Madonna?
A few hundred meters from the Royal Residence, you can find the Madame Tussauds, the famous Wax Museum, present almost everywhere. Open every day, from 09: 00 to 21: 30, with last entry within 20: 00. The adult ticket costs 20.00 €; reduced from 5 to 15 years, 16.00 €. Free for children up to 4 years. From this link, you can buy tickets with priority entry without commission.
Kanoa recommends a walk in the neighborhood Jordan, very nice, where, today, live students, artists, hippies. You will find quaint bars, and you can admire Electric Ladyland, the first fluorescent art museum. Jordan it is also known as an important shopping area, perfect for shopping lovers.
During the week there are many important markets in this district. Monday, it's Saturday, Noordermarktit is, in our opinion, obligatory. On Saturdays, visitors and inhabitants gather at the general market Lindengracht. Near the square, you can stop in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants. Another unmissable event, in a weekend in Amsterdam, is the visit to the Anne Frank house-museum.
Anne Frank House it is the museum house set up in the place where the young German girl Anna, during the occupation of the Nazis, remained hidden for two years. In the museum are audiovisual content, original objects and photos.
Open every day, from November to March from 09: 00 to 19: 00; from April to October, from 09: 00 to 22: 00. The entrance fee, at the standard rate, costs € 10.00. Reduced from 10 to 17 years, 5.00 €. Free for children up to 9 years.
As a tourist, and crowded, the market of flower Market it is another leg not to be missed on a weekend in Amsterdam. This is a particular floating market. Here, you can find all sorts of flowers, or bulbs, and sometimes even the most precious rarities. Right on one of Amsterdam's major canals, Singel, between Muntplein and Koningsplein, you will also find special souvenirs at affordable prices. This market, an unmissable destination, is visited by millions of tourists all year round. Frantic impulse and desire for shopping? Kalvestraat, not far away, is the solution for you. It is the shopping street par excellence, crowded, at any time, by tourists and residents. Prepare your wallet: lots of shops of all kinds are waiting for you.
There is no weekend in Amsterdam that takes, without having stopped at 'Heineken Experience: an experience, not just for beer lovers. It is a former factory, now adapted as a museum; it is a must for visitors who come to Amsterdam. Here you will learn about all the production steps of the most famous beer in the world. It will be a sensory experience never experienced before, between an interactive path and an 4D simulation of the production process. You will also be able to create a personalized beer with your name! Impossible to remain immune to the charm of the Heineken brand. On the other hand, we still speak of the third largest beer producer in the world!
Heineken Experience is open all year round, from Monday to Friday, from 10: 30 to 19: 30; Saturday and Sunday, from 10: 30 to 21: 30. The adult ticket costs 18.00 €; reduced for children from 12 to 17 years, 14.50 €. Free for under 12. From this link it is possible to buy tickets without any commission. The voucher on your smartphone is also accepted.
The last evening of the Weekend in Amsterdam can end in Leidseplein, a particularly lively square, full of life.
Leidseplein It is the perfect place to have fun until late at night, both on the street with artists and shows organized on weekends, and in pubs, drinking excellent Dutch beer.
DAY 3 WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
You left the splendid Museo Van Gogh outstanding? Without delay you reach Museumplein, the beautiful square with palaces, sculptures and splendid museums. A shot in front of the giant writing "I AMSTERDAM" is a must.
At the Van Gogh museum, you can admire the largest collection in the world, Van Gogh's masterpieces. The permanent exhibition is organized chronologically, so you can follow the artist's biography and the technical development of his art. In the beautiful building that houses it, you can see some of the artist's most significant masterpieces up close.
The museum is open every day, including holidays, from November to March from 09: 00 to 17: 00. From April to August, from 09: 00 to 19: 00, with postponed closure to 21: 00 every Friday and Saturday. From September to November, from 09: 00 to 18: 00. All year round, on Fridays, the museum always closes at 21: 00. You can buy the ticket with priority entry for adults from 18 years, at the cost of 18.00 €, through this link. At the entrance, it will be sufficient to show your receipt from the mobile phone. Free for children up to 18 years old.
Lovers of modern and contemporary art will be able to admire the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso allo Urban, not far from here. In the museum are exhibited works by great masters and artists. Visual art. Design. Splendid temporary exhibitions. Stedelijk is the largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in all the Netherlands. For this reason, you should not fail to stop during your weekend in Amsterdam. The museum is open every day from 10: 00 to 10: 00; on Fridays, from 10: 00 to 22: 00. The ticket with priority entry, without queuing, costs 17.50 € e can be purchased through this link, without commissions. Minors of 18 years enter FREE.
Considering the distance far from excessive, before your Weekend in Amsterdam comes to an end, we recommend you visit Albert Cuyp Markt. It is one of the largest open-air markets in Europe and offers an incredible variety and quantity of items, among the many stalls present. Do not go on a Sunday, because it's the only closing day. In fact, it is open from Monday to Saturday from 09: 00 to 17: 00.
During a holiday of several days or simply for those looking for an alternative, there are possibilities. Volendam, Marken and the windmills, for example, on a fantastic tour from the capital. Or, a trip out of town to The Hague or Rotterdam; destinations less than 70 kilometers away.