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What to see in Amsterdam
Amsterdam may be famous for windmills and tulips, but there are heaps of other reasons to visit the city. You’ll be swept in historic art and architecture, enjoy their carefree lifestyle. Amsterdam will also charm you with their lovely canals and you’ll see why it’s called “Venice of the North.”
With museums as some of Amsterdam’s top attractions, the city is paradise for culture lovers. You’ll see the way art comes alive at the Van Gogh Museum, and discover Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum.
Take a tram and retrace the lives of icons at the House of Anne Frank and the Rembrandt House Museum. See exhibitions and concerts in Amsterdam’s oldest church and building, the historic Oude Kerk.
Amsterdam is known for its sinful “red light district,” even if many religions are practiced here. Today, De Wallen’s also a space for talented fashion designers.
Looking for a different kind of beauty? Stop by the world’s only floating flower market at Bloemenmarkt. Hop on the metro and shop till you drop at the busy shopping street of Kalverstraat. Then go for some vintage finds and a canal tour at The Jordaan.
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When to visit Amsterdam
Amsterdam has mild weather, meaning warm summers. During winter, expect rain, wind, and snow during your visit, so pack something warm. Winter’s also the lowest season for tourists, but the city’s worth visiting because the season makes it more magical when the canals glowing with fairy lights. You’ll even enjoy sharing warmth, conversation, and maybe a few drinks with the locals since most of them can speak English.
Travelling to and around Amsterdam
If you check with Smartraveller, you’ll see that Australians don’t need a visa to enter the Netherlands. So you can easily fly to Amsterdam any time. You’ll land at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with trains, taxis, buses, and hotel shuttles ready to take you to the city.
Wandering around Amsterdam isn’t a bother too with all the public transport available. Go sightseeing by taking a boat cruise, change locations in a flash with the metros and trains, or feel like you’re on a city tour by taking the bus or tram. Here are a few tips on how to wander Amsterdam. And if you want to feel Dutch, you can also walk or rent a bike to explore the city.
Go ahead and book your flights to Amsterdam now. The city’s just waiting to “welkom” you!
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