Indeed there’s a lot more to Amsterdam than Anne Frank, great beer, and the famous Red Light District. Take, for instance, its charming canals and waterways and the Dutch countryside offering an old-world feel. Savor a pleasant two-day experience here.
Explore the historic Dam Square. Tour the Royal Palace, Stadelijk Museum, and numerous cafés and boutiques around. As nighttime sets in, delight in Amsterdam’s fascinating canals with a candlelight cruise. Sample a variety of cheeses and red wine while you appreciate the views directly from the boat deck.
North of Amsterdam you can visit the villages of Edam and Zaanse Schans. Please yourself with rustic views of windmills, ditches, and wooden shoe factories. Proceed to the fishermen’s village of Marken, where a number of natives could still be seen donning traditional wear.
Dutch Countryside Tour
If Anne Frank were alive today, she would have liked the present city of Amsterdam. The city has preserved its glorious past as it anticipates the future with much eagerness. The old buildings and landmarks are well-maintained while modern skyscrapers are jutting out its skyline.
Life in Amsterdam has been a lot better since the Holocaust. Last year, it ranked 13th in the world in terms of the quality of living. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving about 4.63 million international visitors every yearly.
Although Anne may have mixed feelings about the notorious yet vibrant nightlife in the city, she can find comfort in the thought that her own home, and her legacy, have been cared for and honored by her countrymen.
Anyone visiting Amsterdam should not miss the windmills, the canals and Anne Frank’s house. Many other attractions abound in the city, as well as its neighboring cities, so it is important that tourists book days or weeks ahead to allow them ample time to plan their itineraries. A three-day trip to Amsterdam and neighboring areas should be enough to visit the must-see attractions. Below is a recommended itinerary:
Windmills, Canals, Diamonds and Anne Frank
This tour takes you to the city monuments followed by a stop at the windmills to take photos. Watch the diamonds being polished at a diamond factory and go on a cruise by boat along Amsterdam’s harbor and its famous canals. Proceed to the Jordaan quarters where you can find the house of Anne Frank, the little girl who vividly wrote on her diary the travails of her family and herself during the Holocaust. Visit the attic where she and her family were hidden during the Nazi persecution.
At night, take another cruise to Amsterdam's illuminated canals combined with a four-course dinner, served with beer, liquor, wine, tea or coffee.
Amsterdam Bus Citytour + Anne Frank House
Amsterdam Traditional Dinner Cruise
Bruges and Ghent
Head to Bruges and Ghent on the second day of your itinerary. Devote a full day for these 2 cities, renowned for their beauty and architecture. See the St. Bavo Cathedral, the medieval Castle of the Counts and numerous old towers and bridges in Ghent.
After lunch, proceed to the city of Bruges, often called as Venice of the North, because of its extensive canal network. The entire city center is a World Heritage Site, as declared by UNESCO. Visit the ancient churches, wealthy mansions, picturesque alleys and canals and the beguinage court. Before returning to Amsterdam, stroll in the city center and shop for chocolates and elegant laces that Bruges are known for.
Bruges Full Day Tour
Volendam and Marken
This excursion takes you to a typical Dutch scenery and the picturesque town of Monnickendam. From there, proceed to Volendam, a traditional Dutch fisherman's village situated on the shores of the former Zuiderzee. The women's costume of Volendam, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, often seen on tourist postcards.
Take the boat from Volendam to Marken, an island linked to the mainland by a dike. Marken is popular for its wooden houses and some inhabitants here still wear the traditional Dutch costumes. This tour includes a visit to a cheese farm.
Volendam and Marken
"We had a really great time at the Ice Bar. It does have it's negative points but for the offer price it is a good experience. You get two small vodka cocktails served in an ice glass, and get to see a 4D movie. It is not Hollywood quality by any standards but it is very funny and worth seeing. it is a shame that the Ice Bar has got greedy and has now banned photo's claiming the ice sculptures are copyrighted. This just means the only photo's you can have are by their photographer and cost a fortune. My advice is to take some photos of the lovely silver coats before you enter the ice bar and sit back and enjoy the movie. Worth it for €11.00 but I would not pay anymore."
Charlotte C., United Kingdom