Amsterdam - Post Report Question and Answers
What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?
The Rijks Musuem, Van Gogh Musuem, Anne Frank House, Herimitage Musuem, football (soccer) matches at AJAX Arena, Ziggo Dome and Heineken Music Hall for big musical acts. In the warmer months the beaches are great. Our favorite is Noordwijk Beach. It's 40 minutes from Amsterdam. Other popular beaches include Scheveningen, Zandvoort aan Zee & Bloemendaal aan Zee. Private open air canal rides in Amsterdam are always fun. We also enjoy going to Giethorn in the warmer months. It is known as the Venice of Holland. An outdoor cafe on the canals or Amstel river is a great way to spend an afternoon taking in the sights and sounds. Ouderkerk has a few great cafes on the Amstel river. - Oct 2014
Oh geez, they are endless. I loved Negen Straatjes (try the hot chocolate and desserts at Pompadour, pancakes at Pancakes!) since every time I went there I found a new, fun, unique shop or restaurant. After you visit all the main museums, try out the smaller ones; I loved the purse museum and the canal house museum to see what it was like "back in the day." Explore hip Noord Amsterdam, over the Ij. Visit Haarlem or Utrecht for the afternoon, to be in a smaller scale, historical, quaint city than Amsterdam. - Jun 2014