I thought I’d pass along this nice little mini-guide to Amsterdam that was just posted on one of my go-to travel sites (it’s the BBC Travel section, with content provided by Lonely Planet).
Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, and there are some good recommendations in the article. Most notably, I wholeheartedly agree with their suggestion to go to the Van Gogh Museum. It’s one of my favorite places in Amsterdam. As the article says, the museum houses more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Van Gogh. If you like Van Gogh, you’ll love it. If you don’t like Van Gogh, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like Van Gogh, you probably shouldn’t go to a Van Gogh museum.
They also talk about the Anne Frank House, another definite must-see (it’s included on EF College Break trips to Amsterdam).
One thing not mentioned, which I’d like to add, is Vondelpark. This is just a city park. When I’m in big cities, I always like to spend a few hours in the park, just relaxing, maybe snacking, kicking a ball or throwing a frisbee, watching the locals being locals. Vondelpark is a nice one.
As for the Eat and Drink section, I don’t know the specific places named in the article, but they do mention my favorite Amsterdam snack: french fries (a.k.a. frites). I’ve written about frites before, because I love them so much. You can’t go wrong with a giant paper cone full of french fries. If you’re feeling cultural, you can drench them in mayonnaise.
Finally, they mention renting a bike to get around—another highly recommended activity for free time. They give the name of one place to rent a bike, but there are several to choose from all over the city. If you’re over there with EF College Break, your tour director can recommend a good one.
I miss Amsterdam.
Photo: Toni Escuder via Flickr