Netherlands

Netherlands is one of my favorite countries in the world. I love its brick buildings, open skyline, rich history, and relaxed, easy going attitude towards life. Netherlands has so much to do that and see. The city deserves more than just the few (and often smoke filled) days travelers give it, but if a few days is all you have and you want to make the most of it, because Netherlands is so special. 

A great way to orient yourself to the city is with a walking tour. You’ll learn some history, find out where the major sites are, and explore all those winding canals. 

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Though much tamer than in previous years, the Red Light District manages to balance sex and seediness with being a major tourist attraction. During the day, it’s a quiet place. If it wasn’t for the red lights and sex signs everywhere, it would look like any other part of the city. But, at night, the area becomes awash with drunk, gawking tourists moving slowly down the street as they stare at the girls in the window while going from bar to bar and coffee shop to coffee shop. It’s a place to see and experience for a very brief time.

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Rembrandt lived and worked in this house between 1639 and 1658. Daily demonstrations show modern visitors how he worked and you can also explore the house and see a recreation of how it was decorated during Rembrandt’s time. 

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This may be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, but don’t let the crowds deter you. The museum features many of Van Gogh’s best works of art alongside an excellent biography of his life and is laid out in chronological order, starting with his earliest works. 

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Madame Tussaund museum is the most interesting museum in Amsterdam.

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I couldn’t go to Amsterdam without trying some famous food

 


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