Most travel guides will tell you to take a canal boat tour, visit the Vincent van Gogh museum or check out the Red Light District when visiting Amsterdam. Those are nice places to go to, but they can be overrated, too. If you want to take the road less traveled, here’s a guide you can use:
1. See the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) over the Amstel River with the Carre theater on one side and the Stopera (ballet/opera/city hall) on the other. It’s quite a pleasant place to just while away the time, enjoying people watching. It’s also perfect for kissing your significant other.
2. Head to Museumplein where you can just sit and read a book. The placed used to be a massive street called the “highway of Amsterdam.” The demolished street is now a huge grass lawn that’s ready for a picnic.
3. Go to Concertgebouw for a free afternoon concert on Wednesdays. This is perfect for those who love musical concert.
4. Walk through “the 9 streets” that connect Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht. They have a few nice stores there.
5. Rent a waterbike and peddle your way over a few canals. You can find a shop in front of the Rjiksmuseum that rents them out.
6. Visit the Anne Frank House early in the morning or 45 minutes before they close.
7. Check out Spectacles Museum, one of the fun and quaint places you’ll find here.
8. Go to Het Twiske Beach, the perfect place to truly appreciate the Dutch landscape or enjoy miles of hiking.
9. Wander into Jordaan, a trendy neighborhood near the city centre.
10. Shop for fresh blossoms at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.
11. See angels sliding down the pulpit at the Nieuwe Kerk, which dates back to the Middle Ages.
12. Venture into the state-of-the-art Amsterdam Public Library that has gorgeous architecture, an amazing café and most of all free Wi-Fi.
Traveling is all about adventure and discovering new things. So skip the usual and find hidden gems whenever you’re visiting a new place.