Spring time in the Netherlands is truly something special. The weather is fine, the beer is cold and flowers everywhere. Keukenhof is a must when you visit in May, however this blog is not about that. This is about a few other places to consider on your next trip.
So here is a list of things to see and do in or nearby Amsterdam:
1. Rent a bicycle in Amsterdam
Everyone here cycles. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to get around. I’m pretty sure there is more bicycles here than there are people. If you do decide to walk around Amsterdam, be advised that, as a pedestrian, you do not have the right of way. The bicycles do.
2. Madame Tussauds
Yes you heard me. Madame Tussauds. Yes the one in London has a greater variety of your favourite celebrities, but the one in Amsterdam has shorter queues and you actually have enough time to pretend you are a bond girl or getting suited up with Iron man and not feel rushed by the masses in waiting.
3. Bloemenmarkt Amsterdam
Don’t have time to go to Keukenhof? Visit the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam. So they don’t have the perfectly arranged gardens, but they still have a great variety of tulips and other flowers for sale. You can even purchase seeds for your “herb garden”.
About a 45 minute train ride out of Amsterdam you will come across a small town called Edam. If you are a cheese lover like me, you will know about Edam. Apart from the town being charming and peaceful, the cheese! OMG the cheese! Most of the cheese shops offer tastings and stock a wide variety.
Known as the Venice of the Netherlands, is a must. It’s peaceful and has a simple kind of charm to it. Rent a small motor boat and set off through the canals to take in the magic of this place. The canal system is quite vast, so make sure you follow the map.
Then last but not least, just try a pair of clogs. Just for the fun of it. I’m sure they’ll have your size.