Of course, Amsterdam has been a popular tourist destination for years, but we’re here to talk about some of the sites and not just the legal marijuana. If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, these are must see spots!
Amsterdam’s Electric Ladyland
First up, we have the fluorescent museum, Electric Ladyland. We recommend booking ahead of time, especially since the location is a bit tiny. Anyway, you’ll be taken into a psychedelic-esque experience all within the confines of a rather small basement. As the website explains, you truly become part of the art piece. It’s something the owner refers to as, ‘Participatory Art.’ Honestly, this was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to, and you shouldn’t visit the city without a tour here. Besides extraordinary art pieces, you’re shown how everyday items are not as they appear. Do not miss Electric Ladyland!
Now, we’re getting a bit more mainstream with the Rijksmuseum, but it’s seriously worth it. No, not just for the pictures with the giant Amsterdam sign. The artwork inside is incredible and you could easily spend days there. Pro tip: divide and conquer. When traveling with a group, you might not always have the same interests, but the museum is so large you will easily tire if trying to accommodate everyone. Thus, take advantage of wifi to contact your friend(s)/family or just set a meeting point and time. Also this incredible arts and history museum is very close to the Van Gogh museum, which is another great place for art enthusiasts.
Anne Frank’s House In Amsterdam
Of course, if you’re in Amsterdam, you must visit the Anne Frank house. Purchase your tickets ahead of time because it books very fast! It’s pretty incredible to take a tour of the Secret Annex where Frank, her family and the van Pels all hid. Actually, the furniture from the time they hid is not in place, but there are tiny replicas to see where the beds and desks sat. It’s hard to put to words what seeing the hiding place is like. Also, make sure you read The Diary of Anne Frank before touring, if you haven’t already.
The Amsterdam Dungeon
Like other dungeon attractions in European cities, the Amsterdam Dungeon is a fun and scary attraction perfect for families. If your kids like a good scare, you’ve come to the right place. Learn about the history of the city’s dungeon while participating in a live show of animated actors. This walkthrough is both frightening and hysterical, but not for those who scare easily.
Heineken Experience In Amsterdam
For beer lovers, the Heineken Experience provides an interactive tour through one of the world’s most famous breweries. You get a breakdown of how the beer is made. In addition, there are plenty of fun and ridiculous activities to participate in. You can hop on a stationary bike set up in front of a green screen and sing along to a Dutch song as you appear to be cycling through the city. Or you can play foosball and other games. The tour concludes with a nice glass of Heineken at their sky bar.