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A Guide to Amsterdam’s Neighborhoods

Amsterdam may not be a huge city, but it has a lot of diversity. It attracts visitors from around the world for a variety of reasons. The city is known best for two things: its Red Light District, and the so-called “brown cafes,” where customers are able to freely smoke marijuana and hash. But there is a lot more to Amsterdam than that.

Tourist Essentials

The most visited areas of Amsterdam by tourists are the Red Light District and Dam Square. Dam Square is in the heart of the city. It is where you will find the Royal Palace as well as other attractions and museums. You will find that the city’s Centrum is very touristy and busy all the time.

If you have heard about the Red Light District, it is safe to say that the area will likely be just as you imagined. Let’s just say that it’s not for the easily offended. However, you will also discover that the neighborhood is filled with tourists exploring the unique area. If you are a traveler looking for a high-end shopping experience in Amsterdam, Oud Zuid is the neighborhood to visit. On Van Baerlestraat street, you will find the city’s most posh stores. Conveniently, it is located in the same area as Vondelpark, a must-see for visitors. This are is home to the Museumplein, where the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum are located.

Discovering Amsterdam’s Hidden Treasures

If you are seeking out unique experiences, then check out the neighborhood of Zeeburg. It is also home to the trendiest Amsterdam accommodations. In this modern neighborhood, you will find Lloyd Hotel, which was once a juvenile prison that now acts as a popular place for visitors to stay. While in the area, you should also visit the Central Library for great panoramic views of the city.

Jordaan is the most artsy neighborhood of the city. It is the place to find numerous galleries, boutiques, cafes, and bistros. This neighborhood is often by-passed by Amsterdam tourists, even though it is conveniently located close to Anne Frank’s House, a popular attraction. Another overlooked neighborhood is Nieumarkt. Nieumarkt is Amsterdam’s Chinatown and is located near the Red Light District.

The best part about Amsterdam is that it is easy to see a lot while you are there. Amsterdam’s geographical area is not large, and it is easy to get around. However, the best way to travel the city like a local is by bicycle. The city is well known for cyclists, which make up for a significant portion of the city’s traffic. With a bike you will have no reason not to visit all the city has to offer. Make sure to not limit yourself to the touristy areas of the city when visiting Amsterdam. Visit all the well-known neighborhoods, as well as the hidden gems, while cruising over the city’s famous canals. There is a lot more to be discovered in the neighborhoods of Amsterdam than you might think.

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