AMSTERDAM

Literally a rite of passage for any irresponsible young adult. So apart from the infamous Red Light District and coffee bars and weed muffins there is actually a lot more to Amsterdam, (the area is called De Wallen and you can get the underground to Nieuwmarkt station just in case you want to go there). There are a lot of museums to visit as well as bars and cafes to explore. Great thing about Amsterdam is that literally everyone speaks English so my Dutch phrase book was as useless as my pronunciation of their language.

Obvious musts are the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum (a bit of a meat market) and the Stedelijk Museums. Be ready to spend some time in all. If you do decide to go to the Rembrandt Museum I recommend loitering around the area as its filled with charming parks and other places of interest.

The walk from Leidseplein to the Hermitage Museum will take about 25 minutes but its worth doing to see the city on foot instead of missing it whilst on a bus or train.

Catch the free ferry to the Eye Museum (which looks like a whale coming up for air) which is a culture centre which houses collection of Dutch as well as foreign movies, check out their shop for cool movie posters. There is a lot of architecture to enjoy both old and new – Centraal station is an example take the foot tunnel to the ferry port.

Apart from lovely spring sunshine I remember the cold, OMG it was like I’ve never felt before, so wrap up if you’re out late. Before I forget the cyclists will mow you down and invest in the Amsterdam city card.

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Amsterdam