Looking for a nice destination for a city trip this winter? Life can be stressful, with work, friends, family and housework all vying for your attention. Sometimes it’s nice to get out for a while. That’s why so many people love taking short city trips. In a few days you can discover a new city and step outside of your own life for a while. Does that sound like a plan? Here’s why your next city trip should take you to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals. One of the top things to do in the city is to rent a bike and go for a ride along these waterways. If you’re not an amazing cyclist, it might be advisable to go on a bike tour, where a tour guide will help you find the best sightseeing spots in the city. Or go cycling through one of the public parks in the city, where you will not be in danger of the crazy traffic. Aside from this, one of the many museums in Amsterdam is a must visit. If you like old art, visit the Rijksmuseum or Amsterdam Museum. If you’re more into modern and contemporary art, you should pay a visit to the Moco Museum a visit. There are over sixty museums in this city, so there are plenty of art exhibitions Amsterdam to choose from.
Your first thought of Amsterdam might not be of the food you can have there, but there are actually plenty of local Dutch foods you should be trying. The Dutch love their pancakes, and you can find many pancake restaurants all throughout the city. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the classic variant with syrup and icing sugar. If you like your pancakes savoury, you should try the version with bacon and cheese. Another classic Dutch treat is the stroopwafel. The best place to get these is on one of the many markets in the city. Don’t be fooled by tourist shops that offer stroopwafels with many toppings and add-ons. The best stroopwafel is served hot in a plain paper bag by a real Amsterdammer.
Amsterdam is suitable for many budgets, so you will be able to find accommodation for every budget as well. There are many cheep hostels in the city centre, where you can save up some money to spend on exploring. But you can also stay in one of the luxury hotels on the canals. Make sure you also look outside the city centre, in areas like de Pijp and Oost, as accommodation here will usually be a lot cheaper, yet still as good.