Amsterdam is not known as the Venice of the North for its carnival, (although it is also fun) but because the Dutch capital has about 100 kilometers of canals, 1500 bridges and about 90 islands, and each and every one of them totally artificial and Dutch engineering fruit. Strolling through these canals is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore this beautiful city, where you can observe its sloping brick buildings from a very special angle. There are many different cruises that we can choose, from the most classic or those that include food and drinks, in addition to the most exotic such as an amphibious bus, all this in addition to the typical pedal boats, which can be a very fun way to do something of tourism and exercise!
If you like to travel and discover new cultures around the map, without a doubt this is the museum you have to visit in Amsterdam. Inaugurated in 1864 to expose the “treasures” of the Dutch colonies in the tropics, this anthropological museum was evolving alongside Dutch society and went on to show foreign cultures as simple underdeveloped curiosities to be one of the most complete museums in the world dedicated to the cultural diversity of the planet. A place where you can discover travel around the globe visiting African, Asian and South American traditions without having to carry your passport! A museum that is always worth repeating on our trips to Amsterdam.
The Netherlands are known in the world for being precursors in the legalization of drugs for recreational use, an expanding trend in the world that originated in this city. In the typical Amsterdam Coffee Shop, not only “coffee” is sold, but they are the places allowed for the sale and consumption of marijuana within the city. Do not be embarrassed to enter any of these sites and “browse” a little or make some clear tasting. And if you are interested in this topic we recommend a visit to Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, where you will be able to know more in detail the history of this drug and the reason for its decriminalization in the Netherlands.
Among beautiful brick buildings, canals, narrow alleys, red lights and its controversial showcases, the red light district of Amsterdam is known throughout the world for being one of the most liberalized in terms of attitude towards prostitution, drugs and diversity sexual. A Dutch neighborhood that was born as the neighborhood where sailors were going to look for some fun and that today is known around the world not only for allowing prostitution freely, but here women are displayed in shop windows and their potential clients. In the red light district there is also the prostitution museum, a space dedicated to this the “oldest profession in the world” and how this practice is part of the history of the city of Amsterdam practically since its inception.
Located just 20 minutes from the center of Amsterdam, this little town is full of the most typical Dutch charm. Here among tulips, green meadows and canals, you can see those typical windmills, which are still used for different productive purposes, in addition to attracting tourists, of course! Zaanse Schans is considered an open-air museum, where you can find a mix of houses of great historical value, museums, handicraft workshops where they still make wooden clogs and typical souvenir shops with a tasting of Dutch cheeses included.
In the Prinsengracht street of the center of Amsterdam is the famous attic where the young Anne Frank, hid from the Nazi persecution with her family and seven other people during the German occupation of the city. Ana document all these days in a newspaper, which after the war became a true classic of literature, which is almost mandatory reading to understand the history of those years. Today that old house became a museum dedicated to his memory and that of all the Jews persecuted by Nazism which can be visited. If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish heritage of the city, we recommend you visit the neighboring Portuguese synagogue, and very close there you can also see the Dutch resistance museum, dedicated to the heroes who fought Nazism in full occupation.