City Breaks

Published on February 14, 2011 | by Francy

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Visit Amsterdam in a weekend

Leaving on Friday afternoon and back again on Sunday evening. Destination: Amsterdam. What to do? What to see? What not to miss?

Let’s try. First stop Dam Square, with the Royal Palace, the Koninklijk Paleis. From there take the shopping street, the Kalverstaat, with a lap at the biggest shopping mall Kalvertoren. Or, again from Dam Square, take the Nieuwendijk, full of bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

Near the central square there is the Station and close to this, the St. Nicolaaskerk basilica, another place worth visiting. From the station starts also Damrak street, another place for fun and entertainment with clubs, bars and restaurants.

Not to be missed is the Jordaan, one of the coolest districts of the city, inhabited by artists, where there is also the home of Anne Frank, at number 263, Prinsengracht canal. Another point of great interest is the Van Gogh Museum, at number 7 of Paulus Potterstraat, but definitely you need to experience an evening tour of one of the city’s red light districts. You can choose from three: the most famous is in Walletjes, another one is Singel, near Raadhuistraat, and the last is Pijp, all multi-ethnic neighborhoods and very lively.

From the profane to the sacred, another place not to be missed is the Begijnhof, in the south-west of downtown, where you will find well-preserved houses of 1600 lived by the Beguines, lay women who made a vow of chastity and were engaged in voluntary work. For a very romantic moment the best choice could be a ride on a pontoon through the canals, which also cross the way museums, near the Museumplein, where there are the finest museums including the Rijksmuseum, on Dutch art of the last millennium.

Finally, if you have time, it is worth visiting the Heineken museum, 78 Stadhouderskade, where you can discover all about the famous beer and where you can taste the drink directly from the producer to consumers.

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Hi! My name is Francesca I love travelling, getting in touch with new lifestyles, new ways of thinking and most of all always discovering news places around the world! I like reading travel books and magazines, art and food. These are my passions that I try to share with you.



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