Red7 , July 30, 2014
Amsterdam is famous for it’s coffee shops and red light district, but the Dutch capital doesn’t just have partying and debauchery on offer. The city is a beautiful, quirky and surprising destination, heaving with cultural delights.
Here’s our top five things to do in Amsterdam for a sophisticated hen weekend bursting with intrigue.
DO: Explore Amsterdam by bike on your hen weekend.
Did you know that 58% of Amsterdam’s residents travel by bike every day? And with views like that, who can blame them? Feast your eyes on the city’s vast network of beautiful canals in the Centrum Canal District and 12,000 picturesque bridges which make some parts of Amsterdam’s leafy, 400 year old streets feel more like a quirkier Venice.
DO: spend a day (or days) on the Amsterdam museum and art gallery trail.
Doing the cultural thing may seem like a chore in some cities, but in Amsterdam, exploring the huge selection of museums and exhibitions is anything but. Where else can you find Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh Museum, a sex museum, a metre-wide house, a marijuana museum, a museum dedicated to noses and take a tour of Rembrandt’s house?
DO: skip the touristy Waterlooplein flea market and go in search of Amsterdam’s authentic markets
We recommend visiting the Albert Cuypmarkt to sample the Amsterdam delicacy of raw herring or smoked eel, buying authentic Dutch tulips at Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) and digging for treasures at the Spui Old Centre Antiques Market.
DO: Take time out from your hen weekend to relax with the locals in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark
The huge green space is a perfect way to end a bike ride with a picnic. You can even see an original Picasso sculpture and wild parakeets flitting through the trees. Grab a coffee at Cafe Vertigo in the Netherlands Film Museum or stake out a place on the grass and watch the eclectic mixture of families, musicians playing drums and guitars, marijuana-smoking students and tourists enjoying the sunshine.