Amsterdam is a lovely city to visit no matter when you decide to go; in the winter you can enjoy a romantic feel while walking down the snowy streets, in the spring the colourful leaves make everything look more beautiful and dramatic, and in the summer the hot weather enable you to sit on the cannels, stroll in the parks and cycle everywhere without having to worry it will start raining anytime soon.
Because the summer is just around the corner, we decided to do some research and find out what are the nicest activities to do in Amsterdam during this fun season:
The Jordaan area, (also called the “the 9 streets) is the most beautiful and authentic location in the city. The “real” people of Amsterdam just love to hang out there and it is no wonder why; the Jordaan offers the most unique shopping experience with plenty of small boutiques and desginers shops. Aside from that, the café’s and restaurants there are trendy and delicious and unlike other parts of Amsterdam here you won’t find too many tourists. During summertime the Jordaan’s canals get filled with smiling people, sitting in the sun and sipping cold rosé.
Strolling about the Vondel Park during summertime is one of the nicest activities for every kind of traveler; kids are able to run freely on the green grass, parents and young people can chill out in one of the many quiet spots and sportive people can rent a bike and cycle around huge park’s area. Aside from a getting a bit of nature time while soaking up the sun, the Vondel Park also has a very nice café/ restaurant, (café “Vertigo”) and even a small film museum. Whenever the sun gets too warm for you or you want to set a different kind of mood, just walk down a couple of minutes to the beautiful café Vertigo and enjoy a cup of coffee or a delicious sandwich. Please note that during high season the park tends to get rather full with local people and tourists together; make sure to come early in order to guarantee yourself the best spot in the sun or shadow.
Cycle around the city-
As you probably already know, Amsterdam is the official bicycles city. Dutch people love to cycle around everywhere and there are bicycle paths all over town. During summertime the temperatures go up and so does the amount of people on bikes. When you think about it, there is no better way to explore the city otherwise; you discover spots that are not on the official guide book, you come across secret alleys that have special charm to them and you see things that you would never do if you would be on the tour bus.
Just go to one of the many bicycles- rental shops and get yourself a bike for a day. Make sure to look CAREFULLY where you cycle; Amsterdam has its own bicycles traffic system and it is not as easy as it seems!
The Rijksmuseum garden is not only an absolutely gorgeous site, it is also a hidden hot spot in Amsterdam and not many people know about it. Almost every tourist that comes to Amsterdam goes to visit the famous Rijksmuseum; the well-known museum holds some of the most legendary art works in the world. However, once the museum visit is over, visitors just keep on going to their next destination. That is a huge mistake to do as just outside the interesting museum you will be able to find the secret, stunning and incredibly gorgeous museum’s garden. Strolling around the garden you will come across old sculptures, striking fountains and different ruin’s fragments from old Dutch architecture.
Located right in the center of Amsterdam, this gorgeous botanical garden is a major attraction for Dutch people and tourists as well. This very special garden holds some of the most unique trees and plants that are officially on the “danger” list. Aside from extraordinary species, you will be able to find there some more “famous” plants such as the “Persian Ironwood” tree and the well -known “coffee plant” that still serve as the main plant for the entire coffee culture in Central and South America. Whenever you visit the famous Hortus Botanicus make sure to have a full battery in your camera as you will surly take a lot of pictures!
Want to visit one of the attractions above? Make sure to book first your hotel in Amsterdam!
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