City Centre, the best area to stay in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam City Centre is in the shape of a semi-circle thanks to the gorgeous canals that surround it. The Dam Square is the centre point and is the medieval heart of the city, which is dominated by the Royal Palace though, is not longer used by the Royal family, and the New Church, which is used for art exhibitions.
There are over 50 museums in the city with most of them found in this part of the city and are to do with various subjects including the World Wars, archaeological, torture, medieval, cannabis, sex and much more. The Jewish Historical Museum is particularly important as part of the area was full of Jewish communities until Nazi Germany moved in during World War II. The Verzetsmuseum is an award-winning museum that shows what life was like in during Nazi occupation and there are various other amazing museums in the area depicting the same era. Anne Frank’s House is the house, turned museum, where the Jewish girl, Anne Frank, wrote her famous diary whilst hiding from the Nazis, which is a very moving experience and is a must see. Other decent museums include: The Allard Pierson Museum, Hemp Museum, Medieval Torture Museum, NEMO, Canal House Museum, National Maritime Museum and the Sexmuseum.
The Canal Ring surrounds the city centre and has some of the most beautiful parts of the canal to walk along as well as riding on it. Most of it is from the 17th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural and historical heritage. You can shop in a whole host of places and there are various markets all over the city centre that pop up in the day and at night. Make sure you visit the world’s only floating Flower Market as well as the Nine Streets, Utrechtsestraat and Haarlemmerstraat, which are voted as some of the best streets in the country for shopping. There are galleries all over the centre that have paintings, sculptures and other art forms from the 17th century with Schutters being one of the best.
At night, head to the Red Light District to see the unique images of sex workers in the windows, which is taken by visitors as light-hearted and is certainly one of a kind. Comedy shows, theatre productions and cinemas are in abundance as well as the coffee shops which open till late and sell cannabis, which is legal to smoke in the country. For eating purposes, you have the choice of most international cuisines in the city with many places offering traditional Dutch, Thai, American, Asian and South American food. There are many drinking establishments that have various country-themes and most allowing you to smoke cannabis and there are decent nightclubs that play different genres of music with decent-sized dance floors. Another great thing about the area is that there are plenty of hotels that will be within anyone’s budget and most offer inspiring canal views and fantastic service.