Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. With more than one million inhabitants in its urban area, it is the country’s largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. Amsterdam is known as Venice of the north, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller’s taste here, whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.
Our visit here were mainly to celebrate a 60th birthday and be here as a family. We stayed at Doubletree by Hilton near the main train station in the center, with incredible rooms on the top floors with a nice patio with views over Amsterdam. We flew direct between Trondheim and Amsterdam and got here late Thursday night. After our arrivals we went up to the sky lounge on top of the Hilton hotel with incredible views over the Amsterdam skyline.
Friday and Saturday we walked around the city, jumped aboard a couple of canal cruises to see the city from the river, in and out of pubs, chocolatiers and restaurants. We also made time for a night out clubbing on Rembrandtplein.
Amsterdam for me is fascinating because the city is compact with canals and bridges and the small shops selling everything from old bowties to designer merchandise. The Citys liberalism with coffee shops, the real red light district and pubs selling limited Trappist beers make this city a must do for everyone
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The citys top 5 attractions:
- Anne Frank House
- Canal Tour
- Heineken Experience
- Red Light District
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