Amsterdam is a popular destination for travelers to Europe and as the capital of the Netherlands, it has a lot to offer. Starting off, it does not only have an utterly charming vibe, but is also heralded as a city practicing tolerance and diversity. This you will find reflected all over, from its rich and vibrant culture, featured in diverse ethnic restaurants as well as range of museums and historical sites, for instance. Despite all these amazing features as seen in big capital cities, this beautiful canal city still maintains a romantic small-town feeling.
What better way to start your Amsterdam adventure than with a great breakfast or brunch? After all, Amsterdam also caters to foodies and as such, you will easily find cozy cafes to get comfortable in before going on a museum spree. Popular picks are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. In total, there are over 70 museums to enjoy. If you prefer a quiet stroll outside, you will delight in the canal walks. Just make sure to stop occasionally to refuel in a laid-back cafe, go out for dinner to a cozy local place or a high-end restaurant. Afterwards, you can hit Amsterdam's dynamic nightlife with its glamorous cocktail bars, trendy nightspots, and exclusive clubs. Alternatively, you choose to go on a canal cruise, check out a couple of laidback art galleries, and explore up-and-coming neighborhoods.
Amsterdam is famously ‘gezellig’, a Dutch adjective that translates roughly as comfortable and cozy. It is not easily defined, but has to be experienced instead. The best place for that are the aforementioned cafes. In particular, look out for the traditional brown cafes, which are named for their classic smoke stained brick walls and wood paneling. If you are looking for a lovely place to dine out, you can get that feeling of gezelligheid (coziness) also in restaurants when you linger for a while longer after a filling and delectable meal.
Amsterdam reveals a different side with each new season. Of course, the best weather to catch is to be had in July and August. The downside is that these months tend to be very busy. For the vibrant tulips blooming everywhere, come mid-April to early May. Should you want more deals and less crowds, look into October until March. A special time to visit, which will be especially popular, is New Year’s Eve. Still, it promises a unique and riotous celebration in Amsterdam and well worth experiencing.
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