I have been traveling to Amsterdam for the last ten years and the city never fails to impress me. The city is small enough to be manageable on foot for the weekend and large enough to be interesting. If you are looking for culture, impressive art, getting drunk, prostitution or smoking pot you can find it all. As a conservative good English boy there are only some of the above that I enjoy. That said, the wonderful spirit of Amsterdam is it’s liberal culture. Being raised in a mainly Irish Catholic family where nothing is discussed and everything is brushed under the carpet it is refreshing to see such an open society.
So what to do, where to stay and of course where to eat!
The DE L’Europe hotel, owned by the Heineken family is always my go to hotel. Set on the can all in the centre of town you have everything you need. The rooms are individually designed and so delightfully Dutch. The service is perfect and the cigar bar is a delightful retreat for the end of your day. The spa is quite excellent, so don’t forget to take some time to rest your feet after a day of getting lost in the canals in the city.
The city is full of interesting places to visit, the house of Anne Frank, the red and blue light district (red being ladies on offer and the blue being men dressed as ladies, whatever tickles your fancy), and the Van Gogh museum are some interesting choices. This trip I chose the recently opened Rijks museum. After years of renovation and whoever knows what expense I have to say it is magnificent. Not only one of the best collections of art but also a treasure trove of interesting objects, furniture and artifacts. The building inside and out is breath taking. A must visit in Amsterdam.
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