There are many places to visit in Amsterdam, known as the city of bicycles and canals. We have to confess that Amsterdam is one of our favorite cities in Europe and that we also believe it is perfect for a weekend getaway. This multicultural and tolerant city, where you feel well received from the first moment you step on it, is one of those places that you would never want to leave.
If you have an extra day in the city we recommend you visit some of the surrounding towns such as Zaanse Schans, a beautiful town full of windmills or the villages of Marken, Volendam and Edam.
We have made a list of 10 essential places to visit in Amsterdam, based on our trip to Amsterdam in 5 days. We start!
1. Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, known as the Venice of the North has more than 100 kilometers of canals, more than 1000 bridges and more than 2000 houseboats, part of which are in the historic center, delimited by Singelgracht and surrounded, forming circles by its 3 channels most famous: the Herengracht, the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht.
Our favorite channel to see in Amsterdam is the Herengracht, where you will find the most stately and charming houses. Strolling along the banks of these canals, crossing their bridges, having a drink on one of the terraces with views, are just some of the great memories you will take from Amsterdam.
One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is a cruise through its canals to see the city from another perspective. Although there are many tours you can do, we always recommend booking a one-hour ride to see some of the most important places in the city or do a night cruise with dinner.
Boat trips on the city canals are included if you book the I amsterdam City Card.
2. The Flower Market
Bloemenmarkt is the famous floating flower market in Amsterdam and one of the most essential places to visit in Amsterdam. The history of the market dates back to 1883, at which time ships loaded with flowers arrived for sale every day.
We have to keep in mind that Holland is a country famous for the quality of its flowers and especially for its tulips, so don't be surprised if in this market you find a great variety of them. This is also one of the most typical and original souvenirs that you can take with you from Amsterdam, so don't forget to take some tulip bulbs in your suitcase, they will surely remind you of Amsterdam whenever you look at them.
This market, Bloemenmarkt is next to the Singel canal and as a curiosity we will tell you that it is built on water, something that is not easy to detect with the naked eye.
One of the best excursions in Amsterdam for flower lovers is the visit to Keukenhof, a beautiful place where you can walk among fields with thousands of colorful tulips. Of course, this excursion has to be done during spring, the time of flowering of tulips.
Market visiting hours: every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sundays it starts at 11:00.
Map of the places to see in Amsterdam essential
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