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1. Take in the scenery
What to do when you first arrive in Amsterdam? Hire a bike and ride around the city’s winding canals of course. Many parts of the Dutch capital are incredibly beautiful and you’ll want to take in as much of the city as possible during your stay. Come lunch time, Vondelpark makes a great picnic spot and even offers free open-air concerts during the summer season.
2. Admire artworks
Museumplein (Museum Square) is the cultural hub of the city and where you’ll find many of Amsterdam’s major museums and art galleries. Head to the Van Gogh Museum for the largest collection of the post-impressionist painter’s work. You’ll get to see masterpieces such as Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, as well as works by Picasso and Monet. Make sure you also visit the majestic Rijksmuseum – here you can admire Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid.
3. Buy a bouquet
Amsterdam features the world’s only floating flower market, the Bloemenmarkt. A feast of colours and scents, the Bloemenmarkt is an essential part of any visitor’s trip to the city. Buy a bouquet for your accommodation or take some bulbs to plant at home.
4. Learn something new
With so many museums, Amsterdam offers plenty of opportunities to learn something new. The ship-shaped NEMO Science Museum offers fun for all the family, while Verzetsmuseum (The Resistance Museum) offers a unique insight into the covert operations of the Resistance Movement during World War II. For a truly memorable and profound experience, visit Anne Frank House – the house where Anne and her family went into hiding for two years when the Nazis occupied the Netherlands.
5. Visit the Concertgebouw
When in Amsterdam, don’t miss the spectacular Royal Concertgebouw. This beautiful concert hall has hosted performances by some of the world’s most appraised international artists and musicians. On Wednesdays, the venue hosts free lunchtime concerts lasting around 30 minutes (check www.concertgebouw.nl for details).