The UK is surrounded by famous ports, including the likes of Paris, Bruges and Reykjavik. But, one city that is regarded highly amongst travellers is Amsterdam. From its elaborate canal system and narrow houses to its friendly locals and colourful cuisine, this cyclist's paradise has a rich history to go along with its amazing scenery. So, here is a short guide of what to expect when visiting Amsterdam.
As you would have probably heard, bikes are the main mode of transport through the city. There are around 850,000 residents that live in Amsterdam, with a total of 847,000 bikes in the city - plus an additional 12,000 to 15,000 bikes that are fished out of the canals every year. This makes cycling the easiest way to get around the city, otherwise, walking is your best option (due to car parking being so limited and expensive).
We recommend that whatever you choose to do, make sure you stay aware; Amsterdam is a very busy city and has many tram lines that weave in between the canals and cycle lanes. This does mean you can expect the odd bike bell if you stray into the incorrect lane, but this is just part of everyday life in the city.
From fine dining to Michelin-starred restaurants, Amsterdam can deliver great food, no matter the venue. As for what cuisine you can expect, most likely you will get a mixture of everything, as Amsterdam takes influence from the best foodie destinations around the world.
Even if you are just looking for a snack, you can take a seat on board one of many pancake boats, serving Dutch-style pancakes, or head to the city streets and feast on some Dutch French fries that are smothered in toppings of your choice. Many locals live fast-paced working lives, so picking up a tasty treat from one of the many street food vendors along the way is always convenient.
Amsterdam's history is shown all around. From its tall-standing houses to the famous people who have lived here, there is an abundance of museums and monuments for history buffs to get stuck into. The main attractions include Anne Frank's House, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Dam Square, Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and the Royal Palace.
Also, if you want to escape from the bustle of city life, Vondelpark is the place to be. With a staggering 47-hectares of lush green fields situated near the centre of Amsterdam, it welcomes around 10 million visitors every year. Finally, you will need to pre-book tickets for the big attractions as some of them are fixed tours only and don't except people at the door.
The Locals Are Very Friendly
Lastly, the large majority of Amsterdam's population is very friendly and is always ready to help you if you are lost. Even though you should learn a few Dutch words, most of the population can speak fluent English, so sparking a conversation is never difficult.
Amsterdam is a very laidback city, but this doesn't come without laws. Most citizens live by these rules whilst still living their lives how they want to, free from judgement or interference from the outside. This is one of the things that makes this city so special.
So if you would like to visit Amsterdam or any other port close to home, then call us today on 0808 163 7523 or contact us through the website. We can help you choose from a range of cruises from the UK.