THINGS TO DO ON A LAZY WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
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There is no other city like Amsterdam, no matter what other people say. It is indeed the city of freedom where you just roam the streets, do whatever you want to do and not worry about anything.
Most travelers will agree with me that traveling is not an easy thing to do. I know you might be confused by this. But this is the thing. You see what we want you to see of our travels. We post the carefully selected images where we drink cocktails or enjoy a coffee in a beautiful café on the streets of Vienna. The thing that you do not know is that sometimes we have to travel all night just so we can wake up in a new city in the morning. Sometimes you are lucky and there is no person next to you on the train and you can lie down on the next sit but then again you can travel from Madrid to Vigo for 9 hours sitting in the middle sit and not even be able to rest your arms.
Needles to say, my enthusiasm when I visit a place and I want to explore the city on foot. I end up sightseeing for more than 18 hours, trying to see everything and not leaving enough time for relaxation. Even now my friend has blisters from our last trip to Belgrade.
So, for my lazy weekend I chose Amsterdam, because sometimes I need to relax too. For this reason I often re-visit a place. I know that I have ticked off the most important landmarks, and now I can tailor my own time and enjoy the city more.
#1 – Rent a bicycle
Cycling is the main means of transport in Amsterdam so you can take advantage of that. I often avoid using public transportation because what is the point to use the metro if you have only 2 stops in London, let`s say. That is just 10 – 15 minutes’ walk tops. You do not have to wait for the next tram and even if you get lost, it is on your terms and you can still find a good spot, something that is not on your map but still worth to see. So, do not make any plans and let the city decide for you.
Be careful! The only thing here is that cyclist are crazy in Amsterdam, but do not mind them. I do not want to discourage you but just want to point out that you need to be careful and take precautions.
Where to find bikes? Well, the chances are that you can find bike at your hotel where you are staying. And, for some reason if they do not have bikes for rent you can find them everywhere, literally everywhere in the city. Some are used for decoration and some are used for transportation.
#2 – Visit the Vondelpark
What other place to choose to be lazy in, but a beautiful green park. Vondelpark is one of the largest parks in Amsterdam. You can bike through the park or sit down and have a picnic, the choice is yours. This place can be very crowded during the weekends but still you can find a place to sit and rest. There are many statues and ponds in the park but what attracts the tourists here is the open theater Openluchttheater where concerts are held to.
#3 – The Red Light District
Well, we have all heard of the famous Red Light District, and even some people go straight to this attraction itself. The thing here is that you can see families with their kids strolling around like this is another normal street. And it turns out that it is, except for the “window girls”.
Somewhere in the middle of the street is the Erotic Museum and to be honest it is nothing special. There are some cheesy BDSM and erotic images and that is all.
Be careful! Do not take photos of the girls, they will for sure get mad about that. Some say that even their pimp might chase you and take your camera, but I haven`t witnessed anything like that.
#4 – Visit the Floating Flower Market
The Bloemenmarkt might be a famous attraction, some even say it is the only floating market in the world where the stalls are placed on houseboats. But, that is not the reason why I suggest you to visit this place. The main reason is to enjoy the beautiful flowers, and there are many trust me.
Be careful! If you want you can buy some tulip bulbs, but if you want to take them home check the rules and regulations first so you will not have any problems at the customs or at the border.
#5 – Check a coffeeshop or two!
I do not think that I need to explain what coffeeshop is. It is the most important thing that takes tourists to Amsterdam, after the Red Light District. This is a place where you can legally buy marijuana in small quantities, not more than 5 grams. Once you are in a coffeeshop you can ask whatever you want. The people who work there are very friendly for some reason 🙂 If it is your first time, you can ask what are their suggestions, and what effects you might expect.
#6 – Try the Local Cuisine
I am not much of a foodie myself, and I do not agree with the saying that you have to try the local cuisine everywhere you go. For instance, the typical Dutch dish is a raw herring with some pickles on the side, and onions. So, let me say this, I skipped the traditional dish and experimented with the different pastries and of course coffee.
#7 – Check out some popular landmarks and places!
The first thing that crosses my mind when it comes to Amsterdam are the canals. You do not have to look for them on the map at all, they are everywhere. There are 3 main canals Prinsengracht, Herengacht and Keizersgracht and they are placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can cross the bridges and take stunningly beautiful pictures or you can view the city from canal boat tours, which is a great experience on its own.
If you want to find the best tours you can do that on TripAdvisor. They have a great deal for Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Boat Tour that we took, but you can look for other Boat Tours here.
Another thing that you do not need a map for are the stunning buildings. Amsterdam is the favorite place for the architects, but we, common people can also admire the beauty of these buildings.
My favourite place would be the Rijksmuseum where you can find the famous work of Van Gogh and Rembrandt. The building itself has a sense of historical grandeur.
You can find the famous landmark “Iamsterdam” here as well. But it is so difficult to take a good picture from the sign because it is always crowded. The only time there was no one there was one late rainy night.
Where to Stay In Amsterdam?
I always use Booking.com because they are the most reliable source where you can find the beast deals on both hostels and hotels. After all if you are on a lazy weekend you need a nice place to stay and rest, most importantly recharge your batteries for your next trip, because it might not be so relaxing.
Before you go I highly suggest you to check the weather forecast so you can know what to pack. The weather in Europe is very unpredictable so at least you can know whether you need an umbrella or not.
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