Amsterdam’s First-Timers Must-See Guide

September 26, 2014

Not been to Amsterdam before? You’re missing out!

The Dutch capital is full of cultural sights and sounds, and all year round has a distinctly vibrant flare. With a multitude of attractions from the fun and unique experiences that are there to be had, to the histories and arts that the city holds, there is something on offer to every visitor.

So where do you start? With so much to see and do, a canal cruise is a great way to see a snap shot of all that’s on offer in Amsterdam. Step onto the 100 Highlights cruise – taking just 1 hour it is a great way to quickly get acquainted with the city. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the beautiful canals of the city, taking in the most spectacular spots.

Stepping off your whistle stop tour of Amsterdam, why not head over to the Amsterdam Museum – a colourful metropolis with a special aspect & self-willed inhabitants. Experience the compelling story of the growth & prosper of this unique city. This central place, popular with Dutch people, tells the fascinating story of the capital, including the past, present and future.

Don’t forget the beauty that Amsterdam’s outdoor holds – Hortus Botanicus, located in the city centre, is one of the greatest gardens on show. As one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, this is a must see for anyone who loves the beauty of the natural world. With an open invitation to walk, observe and enjoy, you’ll soon become lost in its beauty.

Add a touch of glamour to your visit – did you know that Amsterdam Diamond Centre boasts a large collection of exotic diamonds? Ever wondered what it takes to make these stones become so beautiful – watch as they are cut and polished right in front of you! Book a tour for your visit to learn more about the ‘City of Diamonds’ and the ‘Amsterdam Cut’. Discover more about the 425 year history…

After all that sightseeing, here’s a great way to have some fun and unwind.

The XtraCold Icebar – everything is made out of ice! A staggering 35 tonnes of ice has been used to craft this experience. Greeted by an Eskimo host and a free welcome cocktail, pull on a warm poncho & mittens, and enjoy this unique experience – where even the glass you drink from is made of ice!

For one final Amsterdam treat that is most certainly unique, head over to the Van Gogh cafe opposite Central Station & hop on the Floating Dutchman. Drive through the streets of Amsterdam before splashing into the canal waterways in front of the NEMO Science Centre! Want to see more – take a look at this video:

An amphibious tour of Amsterdam – that’s definitely one to remember!

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