Amsterdam Day Trips: Haarlem Calling

Affectionately regarded as a “miniature Amsterdam,” the city of Haarlem makes a rewarding destination for a break from the Netherlands’ capital, combining a friendly village vibe with beautiful architecture and exemplary cultural, dining and retail opportunities.

Amsterdamse Bos – Nature’s Finest: Discover Amsterdam’s Captivating Forest

Sweeping almost 1,000 hectares, the Amsterdamse Bos is one of Europe’s largest city parks, granting a welcome retreat from the confines of the capital and a chance to explore a picturesque environment brimming with fantastic attractions.

Exploring De Wallen and its Wild Parts – The Red Light District Tour

If you ever felt intrigued and curious about Amsterdam's most controversial neighbourhood which equates to many as a haven for sex, drugs, and hardcore partying, here is your chance to join one of the long established guided tours of the area. Experienced Amsterdam guides will give you a thorough overview of the best places to see in the Red Light District neighbourhood ranging from sex theatres to coffee shops, jazz places while quickly getting you acquainted to many of the old stories of this mysterious and inviting place.

9-Streets – Endless Shopping Fun

If you think that Amsterdam is just museums, bikes, flowers, windmills, coffee shops and canals, think twice. Amsterdam is that and much, much more. One of the things that Amsterdam offers and is slightly unknown is its shopping districts… When I came here as a tourist for the first time I could not help but noticing the variety and colorfulness of stores downtown, especially in the 9-Straatjes (the 9 Streets Shopping District) right in the city centre. Fasten your seatbelts, because I am going to introduce you now to la crème de la crème of the Negen Straatjes. 9-Streets of Fashion = endless shopping. Bear with me.

The Amstel river and its local gay scene

The Amstel’s gay scene is surprisingly entertaining and surely an enjoyable alternative to the more mainstream gay areas of Amsterdam. And a wonderful sight on the city river will certainly touch the more romantic ones.

Located across the IJ River in Amsterdam’s undiscovered north, the NDSM Wharf remained a forgotten wasteland for years, left abandoned after the decline of the ship building industry that prospered emphatically for the best part of the 20th century. Invaded by squatters and a collective group of artists, this derelict space slowly began to change shape, replacing industry with creativity to become the striking setting of cultural prowess that exists today.

The Albert Cuyp Market

Known as Amsterdam’s biggest street market the Albert Cuyp Market is a buzzing market located in the Old Pijp area. Selling your typical market products - fresh produce, clothes, flowers and foods - it’s probably nothing different to your local market back home but it does make for a great few hours browsing the stalls, mixing with the locals and trying some of the fantastic freshly made food.