|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$221.70|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 901.69|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$21.66|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.50|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.91|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.09|
The physical, cultural and financial capital of Netherlands, Amsterdam is the premier tourist destination of North Holland. In addition to more traditional museums and home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, the city also features a notorious red-light district and an affinity for legalized drugs and ‘coffee shops’ (or fronts for marijuana-laced baked goods and other specialty items), all make the city a diverse and ideal travel experience for every sort of traveler. If you’ve decided that Amsterdam is for you, then please take a look at cheap flights to Amsterdam.
The most notable tourist destination in Amsterdam and an ideal place to start is the Rijksmuseum, which opened in 1885 on the spot of the most recent World’s fair. It houses the largest collection of art in the country, and notable works by the artists as Rembrandt amongst others, including art from the Dutch Golden Age and featuring exhibits about dining, the family and daily life from the Golden age of Holland.
Making time to see the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam isn’t only a must, it’s a national pastime. If you’re a fan of the artist or of impressionist art, come to the visit the largest permanent collection of Van Gogh’s on the planet, with over 200 drawings, letters and paintings to boot. In addition to noted self-portraits, still life’s and landscapes, the museum is also home to the works of other 19-th century artists.
Another testament to the city and to the will of the human spirit is Anne Frank Huis, a chilling museum housed in the former annex of Anne Frank, who spent many of her teenage years hiding with family and family friends from the Nazis. A powerful experience, Anne Frank’s bedroom has been painstakingly reconstructed to show her hiding place, complete with Anne’s actual diary. Visitors pass through Anne’s secret bookcase which leads to the hiding spot, and can imagine the day to day trials and tribulations that a life in hiding brought such as: a lack of food, illness and the constant fear of being discovered by the Nazis. Anne Frank’s diary, originally published by her father, the only member of party who survived, has been published in 55 different languages with hundreds of millions of copies sold, to date.
Although the brewery stopped brewing alcohol in 1988, the Heineken Experience is a newly renovated interactive experience featuring exhibits, history about one of the world’s famous brews and the ability to even make your own music video. Come to see the home of the famous Heineken horses or take the ‘4D tour.’ Word of caution: the Heineken Experience is an extremely popular place, so it’s best to book tickets in advance.
The variety of things to do and places to see make Amsterdam a premier tourist destination. In addition to being a very beautiful city, Amsterdam is chock full of things to do, from art museums, to pubs and exciting nightlife, excellent shopping and even one of the world’s famous breweries to tour. So start searching the internet and start booking your flight tickets. Or better yet, come check out cheap flights to Amsterdam, here.