20 Reasons Why Amsterdam Is a Must-Visit Holiday Destination
One of the most difficult things about going on holiday is deciding on a location. We like to step out of our comfort zone and we like to go exploring in remote locations, but there are also times where we just want a relaxing stress-free holiday where we can kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds.
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And that’s exactly why we love visiting Europe. We’ve covered European cities to visit before, but since all so tightly packed that it’s possible to jump from one city to another every few days. However, if you’ve only got a couple of days and want to fully explore a European city, then we would absolutely recommend that you visit Amsterdam.
To get you excited, we’ve listed 20 fantastic reasons why you absolutely need to give Amsterdam a visit at least once in your life.
Everyone speaks English
Language barriers are not a problem when it comes to Amsterdam. This is because everyone speaks English (and without any problems, too!) making Amsterdam a culturally rich city that is easy to access and everyone is friendly.
Amsterdam is home to Heineken
Ever wanted to visit the hometown of this world-famous beer? Then come to Amsterdam! You’ll get the complete Heineken experience which includes an interactive tour that concludes with a tasting room. What more could a beer-lover ask for?
There are small towns that you can find in and around Amsterdam that date back to the middle ages such as Weesp. There’s old architecture that takes back to the middle ages, there are serene areas that look straight out of an old film and they make excellent breaks from the chaotic life inside of the city.
Amsterdam is known for being one of the most legendary party cities in the world. With countless bars and clubs to visit and plenty of unique locations to visit, you won’t run out of opportunities to explore the nightlife scene.
Delicious Dutch food
From Bitterballen (deep-fried crispy meatballs) to Stroopwafels (thin waffles sandwiched with syrup) there are plenty of delicious treats waiting to be tried. While THE food in Amsterdam can be a little pricey, there are plenty of locations to visit for budget eats as long as you’re willing to do a little exploring.
Compact city life
Amsterdam is small in comparison to other European cities such as London and even Paris. This doesn’t mean that it’s more crowded, but it does mean that you get to interact with the locals more than you would in other places, making for a culturally rich experience where you get to make plenty of new friends.
Great for family trips
Although Amsterdam is usually associated with a party atmosphere, you’ll be surprised at just how accessible the city is for families. There are plenty of things to do with your kids and it’s easy to get around with a group.
Lots of markets
Whether you’re interested in picking up some delicious Dutch treats to take home or want to see what antiques and electronics are on sale, Amsterdam has plenty of markets that you can browse.
And to contrast with those markets, you’ll find plenty of modern stores and malls mixed with smaller boutique offerings, giving you a wide selection of shopping experiences to choose from.
It’s a canal city
With canals running through the city, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take a water tour around Amsterdam. They’re relaxing, you get to experience plenty of sights and they can show you the city in a different light.
Amsterdam is easy-going
Amsterdam is well-known for its laid-back citizens, relaxing activities and lifestyle that is free of rushed demands. This means everyone is friendly, the locals love to interact with tourists (most of the time) and you’ll have an easy time meeting people.
Plenty of museums
If you love art or history, then you’ll love a trip to Amsterdam. From the Anne Frank House Museum to the Van Gogh Museum, there are countless places to visit for those who want to learn more about Amsterdam and fine art.
A historic city centre
One of the most amazing things about Amsterdam is how much of it dates back to the 16th century. Yet, instead of demolishing these old buildings and building something modern on top of it, Amsterdam protects these areas as monuments, giving the city centre a beautiful historic look.
One of the safest cities in the world
Amsterdam is actually the safest city in Europe and the 6th safest city in the world, making it the ideal location for a holiday without any worries
For a major European city, transport in Amsterdam is surprisingly inexpensive and it’s simple to get around.
Variety of accommodation
Despite being such a well-known holiday destination, Amsterdam actually boasts some ridiculously cheap accommodation thanks to the many hostels and hotels that you can choose from.
Amsterdam boasts some beautiful inner-city beaches, making it a great summer holiday destination if you just want to relax on some golden sand and enjoy the waves.
Amsterdam isn’t particularly hot or cold and is comfortable all throughout the year thanks to its climate.
The floating flower market
If you’re planning on visiting Amsterdam in spring, then don’t miss out on the floating Flower Market in Amsterdam. It’s an iconic destination that has been opened since 1862 and sells fresh bulbs, plants and flowers six days a week.
If you need a reason to celebrate, Amsterdam has you covered. There’s no lack of festivals in Amsterdam and no matter what time of year you visit, there’s always some celebrations going on where you can enjoy good food, music, art and people. There’s no shortage of fun celebrations and you’ll be surprised at just how loud and exciting the streets and canals can get.