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Lesser-Known Things to Do
When Travelling to Amsterdam

You will find numerous attractions around the city

Just as with every single popular travel destination out there, Amsterdam offers so many interesting opportunities for all travelers interested in visiting. We can tell you so much about exquisite things that you can consider, but instead we will only stay focused on those options and city attractions that are not really well-known. That is due to the fact that one of the best ways to experience what a city like Amsterdam has to offer is to see it as a local. This gives you an opportunity to explore lesser known attractions around this city.

Canal of the Prince in Amsterdam
Prinsengracht (Canal of the Prince) in front of Anne Frank's House, in Amsterdam

Museumplein

For starters, you will want to consider staying at one of the dozens of hotels near Museumplein (Museum Square). This was a really popular street in the past that was demolished and reconstructed in 1999. It is now a public space, which is really a large grass lawn that is surrounded by Rijksmuseum and Concertgebouw (the Concert Hall). Museumplein is also home to another two important Amsterdam museums, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum.

Walk in the city

Make sure that you will visit the Skinny Bridge, Magere Brug, which goes over Amstel River. This is a great place to simply stay and admire all the people that pass you by. Go to the 9 Streets including Runstraat and Berenstraat. In fact, try to cover as much of Amsterdam by foot as possible since the entire city is quite stunning. Include the grachten (canals) in your trip and rent a waterbike to peddle on some of the really popular canals. The city's canal girdle was created in the 17th century and can be explored via one of many available boating tours.

IJ-burg Bridge in Amsterdam
IJburg Bridge is one of the many bridges found on IJ Lake that connects parts of residential neighbourhood in IJburg

Anne Frank House

We warmly recommend a visit at the Anne Frank House. This was her hiding place in the WWII, where she wrote her famous diary. You should visit early during the morning. Alternatively, you can visit around 45 minutes before the museum will close. During the day, consider the Albert Heijn, which is a national grocery store chain that allows you to buy various things you would really need. Make sure that you will have some hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) or vla (Dutch custard) for a dessert and as a drink, choose spa.

IJ-Kantine

If you want to visit a really cozy restaurant and cafĂ©, we recommend IJ-Kantine. It is located right on IJ’s opposite side and has a very interesting view. The ferry can be taken over IJ lake. You can easily get to the ferry station as it is close to the central station’s rear exit. If you want to listen to some classical music, do so at Het Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Jazz shows are available at Bimhuis.

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