Amsterdam is an enchanting city with world-class museums, winding canals and beautiful seventeenth-century buildings nestled on either side. Whilst Amsterdam has a certain reputation through the legalisation of marijuana in coffee shops, as well as the world famous Red light District – it has evolved into a sophisticated 21st century metropolis with its foot very much firmly in the present and future. The music, food and art scenes here are experiencing something of a renaissance, and when on an Amsterdam honeymoon, it’s hard not to be seduced by the charming locals and stunning architecture.
Amsterdam has been on a rocket-propelled trajectory for quite some time now. Everyone cycles everywhere, everyone is bizarrely good looking, the architecture will take your breath away, there are surprises around every corner, the food is exceptional – Amsterdam has it all. You just need to get there and experience it first hand.
About the activities:
There is so much to do on honeymoon in Amsterdam that there will never be a dull moment. Museums such as the Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum will keep you entertained culturally, whilst the Heineken Experience can provide some ice cold refreshment to break up the day.
Equally, the De Gooyer windmill is a great picturesque spot to stop for a couple of beers overlooking the canal, and it’s worth just strolling around beautiful streets such as Prinsengracht, where barges will chug nonchalantly past you as the locals assemble the world famous flower market overlooking the 17th century buildings. If that’s still not enough, then make a picnic and head to the beautiful Vondelpark, go shopping on 9 Streets or head to speakeasy bar Door 74 for some incredible cocktails.
About the weather:
In our opinion, the best time to visit is between April and May, or equally between September and November. The reason for this is that it won’t be the tourist high season so hotels will be slightly cheaper and you’ll avoid the summer crowds. The weather will be relatively mild at this time also, although the climate is not too dissimilar to the UK, therefore Amsterdam is the sort of city you can still visit at anytime of year.
What we love:
The food. Check out restaurants such as Tia Rosa, Johannes, De Belhamel, La Falote, or for a cheaper option: Jacketz. All of them are fantastic, just like the city.
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