Explore Europe with STUBA
This week Stuba is showcasing some European cities, amongst the most popular destinations in the world
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, and home to over a million people. Priding itself on personal freedom and liberty, you will soon notice that Amsterdam is different….It is non-conformist, tolerant, and progressive.
The cultural, financial, and creative hotspot is one of the worlds most popular destinations for good reason (7 million visitors in 2018). Settled as a small fishing village in the 14th century, it grew to be an important trading centre, with the worlds first stock exchange and a way of doing business that helped create capitalism.
Amsterdam is made up of 10 Districts, with the Canal ring being UNESCO listed. Dug in the 17th century for wealthy home owners, it is still an upper class area, with the regions of Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein nightlife hotspots.
Some of the top things to do in Amsterdam are:
Ride your Bike: With almost 900,000 bicycles in Amsterdam, riding is a way of life. Its one of the best and quickest ways to get around and to see the city. Bike tours are also available, and will increase the enjoyment with a locals knowledge and experience.
Museumplein: the cultural heart of the Netherlands. It is home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Mesuem of Modern Art. Located in the Oud-Zuid, it is literally heaven for art lovers. Apart from the museums themselves, there are open air exhibitions and activities.It cannot be missed.
Canal Cruise: The canal belt is an engineering marvel, and UNESCO protected. Canal rides are amongst the best way to see the city, with guided tours on high rotation. Cruise in the evening and enjoy a candle lit meal with the tour. See the real city from under street level.
Visit the Anne Frank House: Reflect on a disturbing period of time in which unimaginable atrocities were committed. Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for over 2 years, and the resulting diary is a preserved history of what they endured. Line up early, as the house is often very busy.
See a Windmill: there aren’t as many left in Amsterdam as you might imagine ! Only 8 traditional windmills remain centrally, and the de Gooyer windmill in the Oostelijke Eilanden. As it happens, there is a micro brewery outlet as well.
There is plenty more to do and see, so don’t hold back…