Travel to Amsterdam – Episode 788

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Fun Things to do in Amsterdam (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Amsterdam in the Netherlands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica from about her adopted home.

Jessica says, “I think a lot of people have a lot of preconceived notions about Amsterdam in regards to maybe Sin City kind of things. I think people should visit here because it is more than you can ever imagine. There’s so much more to do, from studying architecture, to museums, to the food, to the parks, outdoor things to do.”

We talk about some of the usual sites like the Rijksmuseum with the Dutch Masters, a canal cruise and a visit to the Anne Frank House, but Jessica encourages us to visit some of the quieter neighborhoods in Amsterdam like the Jordaan. In the Jordaan, you can shop at the Noordermarkt or grab a piece of Dutch Apple Pie at Winkel 43. Take a walk along the beautiful Brouwersgracht (canal).

Yes, you should take a cruise of the canals but why not explore them from different angles. Take a smaller boat cruise like the ones from Those Dam Boat Guys. The get up high to see the city laid out before you. You can do this from a few spots that Jessica suggests like SkyLounge Amsterdam, the NEMO Science Museum or the Blue Amsterdam Cafe. Then really explore the canals under your own power on a stand-up paddle-board or in a kayak.

Take in a movie with the locals at the Tuschinski theatre… don’t worry, movies are in English. 

If museums are your thing there are other art museums like Van Gough Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. But why not take a food tour or a bike tour to get a picture of every day life in the city.

When you have explored the city, Jessica recommends we do an excursion out to the countryside. Some of the nearby towns that are easily accessible via public transportation include  Volendam, Monnickendam, Marken, Broek in Waterland, and Edam. Here you can see windmills, pedestrian bridges, and the wide open Dutch countryside.

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Show Notes
I amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Anne Frank House
Joods Historisch Museum
Winkel 43 – Dutch Apple Pie
Those Dam Boat Guys
SkyLounge Amsterdam
NEMO Science Museum
Amsterdam Centraal station
Blue Amsterdam
The I Amsterdam City Card
Koninklijk Theater Tuschinski
Van Gough Museum
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Amsterdam Food Tours | Eating Europe
Amsterdam Bike Tours
Broek in Waterland
NDSM Wharf
Haarlem Markets
Corrie ten Boom House
Teylers Museum
Cathedral of St Bavo, Haarlem
Museum Our Lord in the Attic, Amsterdam
Red Light District
SWEETS hotel Amsterdam
Heiniken Experience
Distillery ‘t Nieuwe Diep
“My Spot”
Explore the Famous Jordaan, Amsterdam


Re: Romantic things to do in Monterey:

Fantastic post, Chris. 

I (26M) and my wife (30F) got married in Big Sur, drove down the 1, and honeymooned in Santa Barbara back in November 2021 and I used all of your podcast episodes to plan our itinerary. I, too, was recommended by locals to skip 17 Mile Drive and instead walk along the coast in Pacific Grove and it was just gorgeous. You “otter” also mention that in Point Lobos State Park there’s the Whaler’s Cabin Museum, which looks extremely interesting but my wife and I weren’t able to make it happen unfortunately.
Both of us are looking so forward to going back.

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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