Commonly referred to as the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam is one of the most well-known cities in Europe. And with its picturesque canals, historical architecture, and world-famous cannabis cafes, it’s no wonder that tourism is a vital industry for the city. But for those who are new to Amsterdam (or even if you’re not), it can be difficult to know where to begin exploring this beautiful city.
1. Amsterdam’s Red Light District in One Hour: A Guided Tour
It’s impossible to go to Amsterdam and miss the famous red light district. The area is one of the most famous attractions in the city, and for good reason. The red light district is one of the most interesting, exciting, and weird places I’ve ever been.
2. The Basics of the Red Light District
The Red Light Districts of Amsterdam are the De Wallen, which is the place to go for prostitutes, and the Walletjes, which is the place to go for coffeeshops. Both are located in the inner city, which is to say, they’re not far from each other, and they’re both very easy to get to.
While we did just mention the De Wallen as the best place for prostitutes, the Walletjes are definitely worth a mention, too. This is Amsterdam’s hidden secret — the home of the famous coffeeshops. Seeing as
they’re negatively affected by the famous weed parade that takes place every Wednesday, there are times of the year you can find some very attractive young girls at these places, even working in the shops. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up dating them.
Car parking in Amsterdam
Considering Amsterdam is a car-dependent country, make sure you have a Dutch born/bred friend to take you around. Because Amsterdam is a city with a population well over a million people, parking matters. These days, it’s pretty easy to park your car on one of the few streets with meters, and if you find yourself going a long distances, don’t be afraid to use public transportation.
The City of Lights
Girl on the train crossing
Rijn One of Amsterdam’s metro stations, Station Melas-Vedersdam, houses the Museum of Modern Art. The museum is not only a pretty touristic destination, but it’s also home to one of history’s most famous paintings, Paul Signac; he was a prominent French revolutionary during the latter part of the 19th century.
soaking in Amsterdam
In just a few days of staying in Amsterdam, we’ve seen landmarks galore, museums, and architecture that’ll surely make our backs agree with our sciatic nerves. And for those of us who are even more excited about exploring than day dreaming, there are canals— our best friends in Amsterdam!
One of the most-visited canals in Amsterdam consists of eleven bridges connecting the districts of Zandvoort and Maastricht.
3. Inside the Red Light District
Some of the most interesting parts of Amsterdam are the Red Light District and the museums. The Museumplein is a large square with museums like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. They’re both home to many of the most famous paintings in the world.The Red Light District is about 3 blocks underground and attracts tourists from all over the world, making it quite popular. There’s also a colorful Garden Avenue district, which is full of colorful boutiques, restaurants, and bars. If you want to get a taste of the city on a day-to-day basis, try visiting the “Little Amsterdam Tour” — it runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers guided tours, coffee breaks, and bikes available for rent. The price ranges from €30–€75, making it one of the most affordable day trips you can do.
4. What to Do in the Red Light District
Amsterdam is a beautiful city. It is a city of free thinking and of free expression. It is a city of bicycles. It is a city of canals. And it is a city of red light district. It is very easy to confuse the two, but they are very different.The city is full of good vibes and wonderful ideas. What follows is a basic information guide for those new to Amsterdam, and is designed to though out the city from a distance.
Amsterdam: Information Guides
Now that you know what Amsterdam is, here are some of the best resources on the internet to guide you not just to the red light district, but to the other areas of Amsterdam.
- The Old Town
- Buying your ticket and tap into the
- Historic Old Town
- World Market
- All the Hip Locations
- House of Marley & Other Dutch Tastes
- Art and Architecture
- Meerpoort & Amsterdam Zoo