Amsterdam Travel Guide, Amsterdam Hotels, Food In Amsterdam, Public Transport
Amsterdam Travel Guide, Amsterdam hotels, food in Amsterdam, public transport
Amsterdam Travel Guide:
Amsterdam is a city, but it is also a country by itself, a small nation inside a larger one”, wrote Geert Mak in ‘Amsterdam: a brief life of the city’. You’ll probably not only find the city different from the rest of Holland, but also different to anywhere else you have been.
Dinky gabled buildings, pretty bridges and quiet canals give it village-like charm, yet you’ll also find top-ranking art museums and one of the best orchestras in the world. Most of all, Amsterdam combines its glittering past with a wry, rough, rebellious contemporary edginess.
Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue.
Take any city of comparable size in any country and you’ll conclude that Amsterdam is exceptional. With its 175 nationalities it is the most multicultural city in the world. It has the appeal of a metropolis yet at the same time it doesn’t seem bigger than a huge village full of little wonders to explore.
In Amsterdam, wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a café. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.
Who doesn’t get enchanted by the small inner court ‘Begijnhofje’ (Beguinage), an oasis of peace in the middle of the bustling centre, the charming ‘Milkmaid’ of Vermeer or the romantically lighted canals by night? In nutshell, Amsterdam somehow manages to have it all.
Overall city vibe is cool and sophisticated, true to Dutch culture and heritage type.
Locals tend to be within themselves minding their daily chores and not overly friendly with tourists or so on. They are friendly when approached yet conversation is mostly to the point. People in Amsterdam do speak English and going around the city is not at all a problem.
Amsterdam is “post card beautiful”. It is a city of Canals. You will be mesmerized by the crisscrossing of canals and beautiful architecture everywhere.
Beside ‘special’ smoke cafes and legalized red light district, city is famous for its largest number of museums; some of them are really quirky.
Canal boat rides and sights of actually functioning Wind Mills are simply memorable.
Market full of Tulips and huge stacks of round shape Cheese are another unique specialty of the city.
Dutch are also famous for their world class designs and so running into shops selling beautiful and unique items is pretty common.
Average hotel prices:
2 Stars: $105-120 | 3 Stars: $135-165 | 4 Stars: $170-205 | 5 Stars: $250+
Average hostel dorm bed prices can be between $27-60. Alternatively, one can also explore other bed/breakfast and apartment/room share options.
Food in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam is not really known for its food culture yet there is Argentinean to Indian and Middle Eastern to Japanese restaurants around the city. Plenty of small food outlets all around the touristic places, including American fast food chains.
Surprisingly, around most of the touristic places and especially at the center, you would find best European version of Arabic Shawarma which is considered as a favorite sandwich on-the-go. It is good enough for a light lunch and cost around $6.80; you add a soft drink or so and pay around $10-13.
A bite at McDonalds would you cost around $8+ and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant wound be around $19. Cappuccino, a bottle of water and soft drinks, all cost around $2.70.
In comparison with other European cities, I found food in Amsterdam bit limited and expensive.
Unlimited GVB Travel tickets allows you to use all public transport i.e. Tram, buses and Metro. A 1 day card cost you around $8.60, 3 days card for $19 and 7 days will cost you around $37.
Minimum taxi fare starts at $3.25 and $2.70 for every additional kilometer.
Center and nearby area can be best explored on foot for its gorgeous architecture, canals and landscape and getting lost is even better.
As Amsterdam is a city of beautiful canals, one of the best ways to explore is through hop-on-hop-off canal buses which cost between $27 to 50. It is a worth, most memorable experience.
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