Amsterdam, the queen of the Netherlands.
Amsterdam certainly is one of the most active, dynamic cities in northern Europe, the ideal destination to discover the culture and mindset of the Dutch.
Here architecture and entertainment, art and counterculture, pristine nature and technology coexist, creating a vibrant capital extending over a complex network of canals, which can even be visited by ferry. This decisively manageable city is easy to visit on foot, by bicycle (as preferred by the Dutch) or via the ultra-efficient public transport system.
Dam Square is the heart of the city, the place to go to admire and tour the Royal Palace, the residence of the queen, and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), where the members of the royal family are still crowned today.
Art lovers mustn’t miss a visit to the two house-museums dedicated to the country’s two most famous artists: the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt Museum. Both hold rich permanent collections, illustrating the lives of these iconic painters and exalting their masterpieces.
For those looking to discover Amsterdam’s more transgressive side, we suggest a stroll in the world’s most famous Red Light District. Here, the famous ‘shop windows’ are interspersed with a large number of bars, breweries and some of the best coffee shops in the city.
To fully enjoy all that Amsterdam has to offer, and especially if you only have a few days, buy one of the official ‘city cards’ before your departure, giving you free entry to the top attractions and unlimited access to public transport once you arrive.