Amsterdam Vacation Guide - The City of Sensual Pleasures
Your vacation destination for lofty architecture, majestic mansions, charming canals, fantabulous shopping malls, luxury hotels, wonderful bars & restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and sensual pleasures — Amsterdam is fantastic city situated on the point where the small bifurcated Amstel River is joined by a sluice dam, built in 1240; it’s from this the city has got its name “Amste-r-dam”.
Sitting on the banks of two bodies of water; the IJ bay and the Amstel River in Netherlands, Amsterdam was founded as small fishing village in the late 12th century. However, the modern Amsterdam is the largest city and official capital of the Netherlands. The Dutch Capital is the financial and cultural hub of the country.
Amsterdam is a wonderful vacation destination full of tourist attractions including canals, the architecture, nightlife, the Red Light District, museums & art galleries, zoos, botanical gardens, parks, scenic countryside, windmills, and much more.
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful, the most romantic, and the most marvelous cities of the world. The series of 17th century concentric, semi-circular canals (grachten) that were dug around the old city centre, adds to the beauty and romance of the city. The captivating canals, which make the city, your “Venice of the North,” are the major attractions of the city. The fine houses and mansions situated along side the canals just enhance the beauty of canals.
Amsterdam has a rich architectural treasure including about 7000 registered historic buildings, fine churches, mediaeval wooden houses, Begijnhof, canal houses and mansions. The city offers mesmeric countryside with windmills, and a beach at the coast west of the city.
Amsterdam is widely known for its night pleasure. The Dutch Capital offers one of the most vibrant nightlifes in the world. The city gets very lively at night, and pubs and clubs of the city remain open until 6 in the morning. Some of the popular clubs of Amsterdam include ‘iT!’, ‘Sinners In Heaven,’ ‘Time,’ and ‘Club Melkweg.’
Amsterdam is the city wallowing in sensual pleasures. It is widely known for its red-light district, de Wallen where prostitution is legal. Amsterdam’s red-light district, located in the center of the city along major canals, is the area where you can find many fine bars and restaurants. The area has many sexshops and peep show bars. Some of the notable attractions of the Red Light area include Moulin Rouge striptease, Banana Bar and several peep show bars.
The city also offers a wonderful collection of museums & art galleries, zoo and botanical garden, and parks. Some of the museums & art galleries of Amsterdam include
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
- Jewish Historical Museum
- Anne Frank House
- Museum Amstelkring
- Stedelijk Museum
- Museum Van Loon
- Bijbelsmuseum - Biblical museum
- Madame Tussauds
- Amsterdam Historical Museum
- Film museum
- Van Gogh Museum
- Houseboat museum
- Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis
- TIN-Theater museum
- Allard Pierson museum
- Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum
- Tropenmuseum - Tropical Museum
- Museum Willet-Holthuysen
- Rembrandt house museum
- Science centre NEMO
- Fotografie Museum Amsterdam
- Persmuseum – Press museum
- Ajax Museum
Map of Amsterdam Area Attractions
The countryside around Amsterdam offers beautiful serene villages including Ransdorp, Zunderdorp, Schellingwoude or Durgerdam, and Oudekerk. Some of the notable windmills include De Gooyer, De Otter, De Bloem, De 1200 Roe, De 100 Roe, D'Admiraal, Riekermolen, De Jonge Dikkert, but only the Molen van Sloten is open daily for visitors.
Quick facts about Amsterdam
- Area: 220 sq km / 85 sq miles
- Population: 739,000
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Country: Netherlands, Province: North Holland
- Telephone area code: International access code – 011, Country code – 31, Amsterdam area code – 20.
- Emergency Numbers: Call 112 for police assistance, an ambulance, or the fire department.
- Passport/Visa Requirements: Netherlands is part of the border-free travel zone subject to the Schengen Agreement. EU passport holders can come and go as they please. Citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand may enter Netherlands as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days.
Amsterdam enjoys a moderate temperate climate. Winters are mixture of mild, cold, chilly, frosty freezing, temperatures. Summers are warm but seldom hot. The city experiences less than 760 mm of precipitation annually, and most of the rain falls as protracted drizzle or light rain. Cloudy and damp days are common, particularly in the cooler months.
Traveling To Amsterdam
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, located 15 km south-west of the city, is your main air gateway to the city. Just 20 minutes run from the city, Schiphol airport is served by Easyjet and other low-cost carriers providing a fairly economical way of traveling to Amsterdam. Additionally, Amsterdam also has smaller airports, such as Rotterdam and Eindhoven receiving some of the low cost carriers.
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