13 Things To Remember When Visiting

Amsterdam take prides in being progressive with a very “live and let live” approach to most things. While other countries flat out prohibit sex work & drugs, government regulation allows for both.

Don’t get it twisted, though, there are still some restrictions in place. You can’t, for instance, do “hard” drugs legally. But you can smoke a joint or enjoy edibles without fear of repercussions. 

That said, if you’re the kind of person who digs places with chill vibes, Amsterdam is a winner. Here are 13 things to remember when visiting.

You’ll be wide-eyed while visiting the famous Red-Light District.Seeing the women pose in shop windows, sometimes tapping on the glass to get your attention, is…. different.

red light district

Don’t be surprised if you see more bikes on the streets than cars!
There’s a historical, and tragic reason for why The Netherlands is one of the world’s bike capitals.

Bikes Are Popular To Say The Least

Coffee shops are places where you can come with friends to light up, play card games and chill. They can also be great places to socialize with new people.

Light Up Responsibly

If you’re looking to dance the night away, this is the city to do it. Some clubs are open 24 hours for the dedicated club kids.

Club Life Is Lit

The contributions of the Dutch to the art world can’t be overstated. From Rubens to Vermeer, Rembrandt to Van Gogh you’ll see them all.

There Are Great Art Museums

Dutch is a difficult language to learn, but you may be relieved to know that English will get you pretty far in Amsterdam.

No Dutch? No Problem. English is Widely Spoken

Amsterdam is sometimes called “Venice of The North,” because of its many canals. There are around 165 of them.Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Singel are principal canals.

Canals, Canals, Canals

Available in sweet and savory varieties, the pancakes here are worth cheating on your diet. They are much larger, but thinner, than the ones we are used to here.

The Huge Pancakes Are Delicious

Just minutes from Central Station, this square is always crackin’, no matter the season.

Dam Square Is Cool If You Don't Mind Crowds

The Dutch, like the Germans, are authorities on beer. Sip some delicious craft beers, IPAS, stouts and bitters you may never find anywhere else.

Want Beer? Say Less...

The Erotic Museum in the heart of The Red-Light District is pretty fun but The Sex Museum greets you with a statue of Venus & a few seats shaped like penises. 

Don't Confuse The Two Sex Museums

Check out the Febo automats, the Dutch answer to the vending machine, except they usually serve hot food.

Wallsnacks Are A Thing

Tulips Are A Cultural Symbol
If you want to see fields of this beloved flower, head to Keukenhof, on the outskirts of the city.