AMSTERDAM: Cheap Hotel Rooms in Amsterdam
Famous for its canals and their 1,500 bridges, impressive heritage buildings and creative culture, Amsterdam has something for everyone as regards food, nightlife, things to do and see and places to stay. The Old Centre is its medieval heart, offering the city’s famous coffee shops, even more famous red light district and plenty of bars.
Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, now a UNESCO-listed site, came into being in the 17th century as the city fathers’ attempt to attract wealthy merchants to its waterside homes. Here you’ll find the city’s trendiest nightlife and upscale dining haunts.
Plantage district is a must for museum buffs, boasting the Rijks, Scheepvaart and Hermitage Museums as well as the Jewish Historical Museum and the Tropical Museum, and art galleries and boutiques are offered in Jordaan district.
Fun things to do
Amsterdam’s Red Light District in the small streets south of Central Station is one of the city’s most-visited attractions for its famous ‘windows’ as well as its bars, restaurants and quaint architecture. It’s safe to wander due to its heavy police presence. Canal cruises are a must for the best views of the waterside mansions, and June’s Holland Festival celebrates every possible nuance of the performing arts. The Fashion District lies adjacent to the Museum District, crammed with quirky local designer boutiques, and the city has six fascinating street markets.
Wining and dining
Due to Amsterdam’s colonial past, Asian cuisine is widely found, with the accents on Indonesian restaurants. Nieuwmarkt district holds the best, and nearby Chinatown offers authentic dishes. For a change, Surinamese eateries line Albert Cuypstraat, and the city’s Eetcafe pubs are good for late-night meals. Local favourites available in the markets are Dutch cheeses, spiced raw beef sausages and the tasty Dutch beers.
The historic city of Haarlem is just a half-hour’s drive from the city centre, home to monumental buildings and surrounded by untold acres of the Netherlands’ famous flower fields. Enkhuizen’s Zuiderzee Museum displays the country’s battle with the ever-encroaching North Sea, and Muiden at the mouth of the River Vecht is known for its Muiderslot Castle.
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