Are you planning to spend a weekend in Amsterdam? Here are a few things you can do to make your stay even more memorable.
1. Delve into Amsterdam's glorious past
Delve into the city's golden past by paying a visit to its celebrated museums. The Amsterdams Historisch Museum and the Museum Amstelkring are particularly popular with travelers. They showcase objects as old as 700 years.
2. Get lost in the maze of canals
165 canals run through the city of Amsterdam. The most beautiful among them is Prinsengracht. You can find shops, galleries and authentic cafés on either side of these canals. There is little traffic around the canal areas making them ideal places for taking a pleasant stroll.
3. Visit the parks
The Vondelpark, which is named after the celebrated poet Joost van den Vondel is the largest green space in Amsterdam. It is a great place to visit during the summertime. The park is a hub of cultural activities. There is a cinema at the Nederlands Filmmuseum and a Picasso sculpture. The Vondelpark Openluchttheater becomes the venue of dance, music and kids' activities from June to September.
4. Get on your bike
Amsterdam is the most bicycle friendly city in the world. In fact, cycling is the Dutch means of getting around the city. So hire a bicycle and get around the city like a free spirited citizen of the world. In Amsterdam you can hire a bicycle from plenty of places. You can also book guided bicycle tours.
5. Try the local cuisine
Get a taste of the authentic Dutch cuisine. If you visit the city between May and July you should try eating a raw herring. It is a kind of fish very popular in Holland.
6. Marvel at the Golden Age art
Go and see the works of the celebrated painters Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum. Perhaps the most famous museum in the city, the Rijksmuseum has the country's largest collection of art and artefacts from the 15th century until 1900, including 40 painting by Rembrandts and four by Vermeers. You can find an amazing collection of 20th-century artists at the Stedelijk Museum.
7. Indulge in a bit of skating
If you visit Amsterdam during winter, you can indulge in a bit of ice-skating. During winter months, the frozen canals become the perfect playground for locals interested in ice-skating. In the summer, you can find locals and tourists skating through the park.
8. Visit the flea markets
Amsterdam is home to people from all over the world. You can get a feel of this multi-ethnicity by visiting the flea markets. The most famous is the Albert Cuypmarkt from where you can buy everything from smoked eel to Surinamese sherbets.