We all know what Amsterdam is most famous for, but there is actually so much more to this fabulous city which makes for an exceptional trip away. As we get ready to head out on our inaugural European cricket tour, we wanted to take a look at some of the best ways to spend your downtime while on tour in The Netherlands capital city.
Amsterdam is built for cycling and it is probably the most popular form of transport for the locals. With over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam, there are actually more bikes than people.
The city has an unbeatable network of cycle routes and a relatively flat landscape which means it can be the perfect way to explore the region’s top attractions. There are plenty of places to hire a bike and they will be able to provide maps and recommendations for the best routes to take.
Check out Museumplein
If you enjoy stepping into a bit of culture while on your city breaks then a trip to Museumplein is the perfect spot for you. This is the largest square in Amsterdam and is surrounded by some of the city’s best museums Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, and Moco Museum. The square has a park type feel and is the perfect place to stop for a picnic or to just watch the world go by. The area is also used for many outdoor events including music concerts and sports.
Explore the arty Jordaan
Often cited as Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhood, wandering into the Jordaan feels like stepping back in time. The narrow streets and quaint buildings make up one of Amsterdam’s most desirable quarters, dotted with independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens and atmospheric bars and restaurants.
Cruise the canal
Probably one of the most popular excursions in the city, but with 165 canals, Amsterdam is made for boat trips. This is also one of the best ways to see the different areas of the city and also learn some interesting facts along the way.
Amsterdam’s canal belt is UNESCO protected and is undoubtedly an unbelievably pretty sight, especially after sundown when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel. There are many different canal cruises on offer, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric night time cruises with food and wine.
The Black Opal team can help book the right to ur for you.
Anne Frank's House
Even if you are not usually a museum goer, Anne Frank’s House is definitely an eye opening experience. The rooms at the Anne Frank House still portray the atmosphere of the time spent in hiding by Anne Frank and her family. Here you will find historical documents, photographs, film images and other original objects that belonged to those in hiding and those who assisted them, which help illustrate the events that took place. Anne’s original diary and other notebooks are also on display in the museum.
Albert Cuyp Markt
The Albert Cuyp Market originated in 1905 and is one of the favourite locations for locals, but it also makes for a great trip out for tourists. With 260 market stalls the Albert Cuyp is the biggest market in Europe. Here you will enjoy a real Amsterdam atmosphere and you may even find yourself some interesting items to take home.
The market is the perfect place for trying out authentic Dutch treats, like a fresh herring or a hot stroopwafel
Originally an old tram depot, Foodhallen is a classy indoor food market and bar serving up a range of high-end street food and drinks in wonderful historic surroundings. Drop by here for a relaxed meal, snack or simply a drink. With 20 street food vendors and speciality bars available you are likely to find something new to try.
If you are looking at joining us on our European cricket tour to watch England V Netherlands then our team can help arrange your perfect trip either as part of our hosted tour itinerary or your own tailored tour.
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