Although Amsterdam is a bustling European hub throughout the year, the number of tourists tends to fall sharply during the northern hemisphere winter. This is the perfect time to enter this charming city of Amsterdam!
In the spring, many people travel to the Netherlands during the tulip trip, but for winter travel there is another experience. Stroll through the canals of Amsterdam, sample Dutch food, and visit many museums without having to worry about the tight supply of the shuttle and the hotel.
Let’s take a look at what Amsterdam can do in winter. Let’s get started!
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National Museum of the Netherlands
Inside the National Museum you will find a 1.5 km gallery with a collection of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other masterpieces from the Netherlands.
The museum has more than one million artworks, but only about 8,000 items can be displayed at a time, so the exhibits are constantly rotating. However,
the famous painting Rembrandt’s”The Night Shift” and Van Gogh’s self-portrait are on permanent display, so don’t worry about missing them.
Where: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tickets: € 17.50 (adults), € 8.75 (CJP or EYCA card holders), FREE (children aged 18 or under, I amsterdam City Card and Museumkaart holders, and Friends of the Rijksmuseum
Hours: Open from 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year
These delicious Dutch foods are a must try
First, “Appeltaart” is actually more cake-like, and is a traditional Dutch spice mixture (including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, anise, and more) called Speculaaskruiden. “Appeltaart” you can find in cafes all over the city. But many people would recommend Winkel 43. With a cup of hot fresh mint tea, the taste is absolutely unforgettable.
The third must-try dessert in Amsterdam is fresh Stroopwafel. Of course, you can buy Stroopwafel at any store in Amsterdam, it is recommended to go to the Albert Cuyp street market where the original Stroopwafel is sold!
canal boat cruise
During the day, a canal cruise along the UNESCO-protected canal belt in Amsterdam shows typical postcard pictures of the famous Dutch capital. At night, the cruise ship illuminated the canal under the bridge along the fairy-tale lights, giving a magical feeling. This is one of the most romantic things you can do in Amsterdam and you will not forget it.
Amsterdam’s canal cruises will not only show you the beauty and architectural highlights of the city, but you will also learn some interesting facts about the city. As you drift along the canal on your guide boat, you will learn some facts, for example, why houses that slope along the canal are called “dancing houses”
work by bike
Amsterdam is the most convenient city in the world for cycling! This is the typical way of travel in the Netherlands. More than 60% of Dutch people commute to work by bike!
There are many different options when it comes to bike rentals and tours, including visitor favorites A-Bike Dam Square and Mike’s Bikes
The popular route is to go to A’DAM Lookout and return. You can explore the streets of Amsterdam and cross the canal on a barge, taking you to the opposite bank and back.
(4 hours for 7 euros and full day rental for 10 euros)
De Foodhallen has all types of food in Amsterdam. Taking full advantage of industrial chic decorations, this former tram stop is now a gourmet paradise with stalls lined up on each wall. It is as popular among locals as it is among tourists, and the price is absolutely fair.
De Foodhallen is far from the main tourist centre of Amsterdam in Bellamyplein. It is easy to walk or tram-about 20 minutes away from Leidsplein, 10 minutes by tram, it is worth visiting visit.
The best way to experience De Foodhallen is to sample as much as possible. Choose the smallest serving size so you can try a few dishes at a time and don’t forget to make room for dessert!
I will not eat from noon and enjoy the crowds to celebrate food and entertainment nights frantically. Any foodie going to Amsterdam must visit De Foodhallen!
edam Cheese Museum
Edam is a 30-minute train ride from Amsterdam, where the cheese festival is held. Edam cheese is the best cheese in the Netherlands!
Make sure you stop at the Cheese Museum (Cheese Museum), which is a very unique museum because it has a floating cellar for cheese, which dates back to the eighth century.
Looking for these unique experiences in small towns just outside Amsterdam, you will truly feel the heartbeat of the Dutch people and be brought into the real Dutch experience.
windmills of Zaanse Schans
From Amsterdam Central Station, take bus # 391, and then to the 16th-century European countryside. There are still endless green fields, ancient windmills and colorful wooden houses along the Zaans River.
Enjoy panoramic views from the windmill roof, boat on the river, and take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful countryside between birds and herds. Only 30 minutes away from the city, this is a must-visit destination even in the short 3-day itinerary of Amsterdam. This is Zaanse Schans, a Dutch social business card.
The golden period of Zaanse Schans was in the 16th and 17th centuries,
due to advanced windmill technology and trade routes through the Zaans River. It has become the world leader in industrial production.
The Zaanse Schans Museum takes visitors on a virtual tour of rural life for hundreds of years, explaining how windmills were formed and becoming an integral part of the “Zansans Identity”. The museum has a large collection of cultural relics and is well worth your visit.