NETHERLANDS

Visiting the Netherlands for the first time? Check out these posts for tips on things to do and inspiration.

TEN FUN FACTS ABOUT AMSTERDAM: DID YOU KNOW…?

So you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, or A’dam as the locals like to call it. You’ve done a bit of research beforehand, you’ve booked your hotel, you’ve booked your flights. If you’re a really good planner, you’ve even mapped out your itinerary of the must-see sights (you didn’t? Click here).

But how well do you think you know Amsterdam? Test yourself to see if you do! I’ve put together 10 fun facts about Amsterdam that maybe you didn’t know yet:

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HOW TO “DO” AMSTERDAM IN 5 DAYS: THE ULTIMATE ITINERARY

Is it possible to explore Amsterdam in 5 days? Yes!
Five days is actually the ideal amount of time to really discover the city, from one end to the other. Amsterdam may have the exuberance and attitude of a big city, but it has the manageability of a small town, and whether you’re a city person or not, it pretty much offers the best of both worlds.

I think most people don’t expect to find that many cool things to do in Amsterdam, making it all about sex-museums and coffee shops. Short story: it’s not. Amsterdam is sensational and there’s a lot more to the city. But you’ll see what I’m talking about!

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ZAANSE SCHANS WINDMILLS: A DAY-TRIP FROM AMSTERDAM

After a few days in Amsterdam, a day trip to Zaanse Schans can provide a much-needed break from urban buzz. I can’t deny it, this place is shamelessly touristy, but it’s the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city and discover Dutch picturesque countryside, renowned for its authentic atmosphere and, of course, for its iconic series of working windmills.

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6 MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

Amsterdam certainly has a reputation that precedes it, and for many backpackers, the city begins and ends in a coffee shop — that couldn’t be more wrong, you really need to get out and explore! In Amsterdam museums should take the spotlight, featuring historical...

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CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

You can’t possibly expect to experience Amsterdam like a local without getting on two wheels. The good news is that Amsterdam is pancake-flat and it’s filled with cycle tracks. The bad news is cycling in Amsterdam is not as easy an activity as the Dutch make it look!...

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CRUISING THE ENCHANTING CANALS OF AMSTERDAM

Enchanting canals probably aren't the first thing you associate with Amsterdam, but they should be —Amsterdam actually has 165 canals, about 15 more than Venice. Inseparable from the city itself, Amsterdam canals are magical when visited from the right perspective of...

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