Some interesting places in Amsterdam. What’s worth seeing?
The huge number of paid and free interesting places in Amsterdam can make it difficult for you to choose atractions to visit in this wonderful city.
Amsterdam is quite an expensive city, tickets to the most famous attractions and museums cost 15-20 euros per person. Nevertheless, there are many inexpensive and interesting places in Amsterdam that are worth seeing. I will talk about these places in this article.
Some interesting places in Amsterdam that are worth seeing.
- Bloemenmarkt floating market
- One of the open air festivals
- Diamond factory
- Red Light District
- North Amsterdam
- Boats and sun on the pier
- Begijnhof courtyard
- Letters «I AMsterdam»
- The narrowest house in the world
Interesting information about Amsterdam and the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a very densely populated country in western Europe, bordering Belgium and Germany. The number of inhabitants is about 17 million. people living densely on an area of 41 thousand square kilometers. Compared to Norway, it has almost ten times smaller area and about three times larger population. In this small territory, a tourist has a huge selection of attractions and interesting places that are worth seeing.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but the government’s headquarters are in The Hague. The city’s population is about 1 million people. Millions of tourists visit Amsterdam every year, which helps the city to be in the top ten most visited cities in Europe every year.
It is interesting that the percentage of English-speaking people in the Netherlands is higher than in Great Britain (maybe Poles in the UK do statistics?). So if you speak English or German, you won’t have language barriers because almost all Dutch speak one of these languages.
Bloemenmarkt floating market
So, we go to the first point of interesting places in Amsterdam that are worth seeing.
Bloemenmarkt is a floating flower market, which is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam. Unlike other markets, Bloemenmarkt operates on a daily basis, except on bank holidays.
The market is not located on the square, as usual in European cities, but on the street, namely Singel Street, along which you can see dozens of cheese and souvenir shops on one side, and flower pavilions on the other. It is one of the most popular places in Amsterdam to buy souvenirs and flower bulbs.
Another tip for travelers on a budget: try samples of different types of cheese in cheese stores. This can be a good free Dutch style snack.
One of the open air festivals
Although the weather in winter can be unpredictable and not very pleasant in Amsterdam, summer is a great time to spend free time outside and visit one of the many festivals taking place here. Most festivals are organized in city parks, Vondelpark, Amstelpark, Westerpark and others.
During my short weekend stay in the summer of 2017, the Food Festival in Amstelpark and theater performances in Vondelpark were organized in Amsterdam. Just check one of the local event calendars (here many of them have the English version).
The Netherlands had one of the most powerful and richest East Indian companies in the world with a huge number of ships and overseas territories around the world. In some colonies located in Africa, the Dutch mined precious stones, which they then imported to Europe, where masters polished them and created beautiful diamonds and jewelry that rich Europeans wore and still wear.
There are still huge diamond factories in Amsterdam that organize free tours presenting the entire process and types of diamond polishing. Trips are suitable for all ages and genders.
Because factories do not belong to public organizations or charitable organizations, the guide tries to show why jewelry company is so expensive and does some marketing tricks. For example, it scares visitors away with 6-digit diamond prices and then shows watches for some 100-200 euros there. With this contrast, the watch for 200 euros really seems like a great deal. Free coffee at the diamond factory souvenir shop can be another nice addition.
Red Light District
Amsterdam is famous for its freedom and liberality. What is strictly prohibited in most other countries is permitted in the Netherlands.
It’s no secret that the main attractions of Amsterdam are coffeeshops and the red light district, which is not the only, but the largest and most famous in the world.
During the day it is an ordinary district of Amsterdam with canals and narrow houses in the Dutch style. At night, crowds of tourists roam here between sites illuminated with red lights with pretty women offering their services. These services are expensive, but walking in the Red Light District of Amsterdam is free.