Get the Most of Your First Trip to Amsterdam

by Julia on May 24, 2016

Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands (although many believe that the capital is The Hague – no wonder, as the Dutch government and parliament are situated there). Amsterdam is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful and light-hearted cities of the world. Famous museums, picturesque Golden Age canals, romantic atmosphere of cafes with candles in windows, green parks and pastoral markets, legendary nightlife and famous museums – this combination attracts many people around the world. However, the vast range and diversity of possibilities can confuse anyone so some handy tips for your first visit are essential.

Must-visit places

There are more than 60 museums so you can definitely find several interesting ones to suit you. For example, you can visit Rijksmuseum, where artworks of Dutch masters are displayed. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the largest collection of Dutch paintings, and Nieuwmarkt is the place where you can please the eye with some wonderful etchings. The Jewish Historical Museum and Anne Frank Huis are the most impressive museums that embody the atmosphere of the World War II. Parents with kids should visit NEMO science center and admirers of flowers will like the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.

Lovers of antiques will be impressed by the Oude Kerk, the Old Church, built at the beginning of the 14th century. Vondelpark is the most beloved place of locals for its gardens, ponds and sculptures – one of Picasso’s sculptures, the Fish, stands there.

Do not miss a chance to try local dishes – croquettes are especially delicious. Utrechtsestraat and Amstelveenseweg are the most famous eaterie streets of Amsterdam where you can find all sorts of cuisines and dishes.

Dutch beer is one of the best beverages there is. Try real Heineken here and Jenever (Dutch gin) at night in the pubs of the capital – you won’t be disappointed, trust us. The best place to try local beverages is bruin café or brown café. The origin of the name comes from pubs with brown walls ingrained with nicotine. Famous ‘coffeeshops’ (one of the main reasons why many tourists travel to Amsterdam) can be found anywhere around the city.

The best places for shopping are Jordaan’s Lindengracht Market and De Pijp’s Albert Cuypmarkt. The Negen Straatjes is the district of nine small streets filled with exclusive boutiques.

Helpful tips:

  • Near all popular museums and centers there always have big queues for buying tickets. Purchase them online to avoid that.

  • Amsterdam’s bane is pickpocketing – watch your wallet in crowded places

  • Never walk on bike lanes

  • Make sure that you have a European credit card – many businesses only accept them.


Schiphol Airport is one of the most convenient and fast-operating transport hubs, and there are many ways to get to the city from there. One of the interesting public transport options is a ferry as there are many canals in the city. Also you may travel around the city via metro, bus, tram, or a train. Taxi is a healthy option when you arrive to or from the airport. Public transport doesn’t work at night and with a busy nightlife of the city taxi is a real salvation!

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