An illusion room in NEMO museum Amsterdam

THE BEST AND UNIQUE MUSEUM OF AMSTERDAM: NEMO

Amsterdam is a city of art and culture.

If you can’t travel the whole world, but you would love to see it somehow – come to Amsterdam! The population of Amsterdam is one of the most diverse in the whole world with over 180 nationalities plus this fascinating Dutch capital has more than 75 museums all around the city. As a matter of fact, Amsterdam has been declared as the world’s most popular city with the most cultural attractions per capita.

The choice is enormous. From modern and contemporary art, science, film, biology, photography to houseboat museum, cannabis, erotic and torture museum. There is simply a little bit of everything for everyone.

@marko_arch

I must admit I haven’t been to many museums in Amsterdam. Somehow, I never had enough time. However, I’ve been to few and I want to present you one unique museum I believe you will adore as much as I do. In this post, I’ll describe you my favourite museum in Amsterdam: NEMO Science Museum. A museum that will drive you to the past and pull you back-to the future.

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BOAT-SHAPED BUILDING

The building of the museum is striking. It represents a full size replica of a Dutch trading ship that is docked on a pier. The architect was Renzo Piano, surprisingly – not a Dutch but an Italian man. Believe it or not, the museum was build on top of a tunnel and connects city center and the North part of the city.

On the ROOF OF THE NEMO SCIENCE MUSEUM you can enjoy in amazing views over Amsterdam, being in the tallest town square in the whole Netherlands – 22 metres above water level. (considering the whole country is below the sea level, this is quite high!) Here you will also find the open-air exhibition Energetica, a huge terrace and a gorgeous healthy-style restaurant.

I recommend you to visit the roof on a sunny day and enjoy in interplay between the elements (water, sun, wind) via sculptures and installations that you can operate yourself and find more about how renewable energy works. The roof is also a nice to just relax.

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But that’s not end of the story about the exterior of NEMO. As I already mentioned in few of my previous articles, Dutch people are truly genius architects and builders and I keep admire them in all what they did and what they still do.
They’ve even made a green roof on NEMO since 2013 as a part of Amsterdam’s natural environment. On the roof, you can find 14 types of succulent and 25 different types of herbs (17,500 individual plants.)

This is how NEMO building looks like from outside

Besides, there are two hives of approximately 20,000 Buckfast bees situated on the roof. However, don’t worry, these kind of bees are super friendly and quiet and you probably won’t even see them.  

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO FIND IN NEMO?

NEMO Science Museum offers stories of science and technology via devices and inventions on 5 floors. The museum has a collection of approximately 19,500 objects that explain the story of man and energy. The main focus is exactly the energy, but in a broad sense of the word.
Literally, this means that in NEMO museum you can find it all; from a walkman, rare algae and pieces of meteors to “how it works” interaction devices, quizzes to test your IQ, optical illusions and so much more. It’s a perfect place to grab lots of knowledge and entrain yourself, your family and friends. 

I am finally bigger than my bae! 🙂
NEMO is definitely making you feel like a kid on certain floors


If you love bunch of facts and if you constantly question everything like I do, NEMO is definitely a must place you shouldn’t avoid when in Amsterdam.
Check NEMO’s interesting section online with many explanations called: “Discover The World Around You At Home”.

A Waterclock from Bernard Gitton installed in NEMO in 2011.
An old compas
Collection of old phones and other technology devices

1.) THE LOBBY

In the lobby, you can find a Water Clock small cafeteria and a gift shop which sells small copies of some of the attractions in the museum, books, cards, crystals and many more interesting things.

2.) FIRST FLOOR

The main focus on the first floor is DNA and chain reactions. Plenty of devices that will blow your mind.

3.) SECOND FLOOR

On the second floor you can find many objects to play with and understand how and why something works. A great thing is that on each floor you have a great explanation next to every device or you can always call stuff to explain you better. There’s also a small cafeteria and a movie/performance hall where many acts, movies and shows about science are shown.

In NEMO you are able to see many on-screen presentations

3.) THIRD FLOOR

There’s a giant science lab on the third floor where you can do science experiments such as looking at DNA, testing electricity etc. There is also a small part of knowledge about money and business.

In NEMO Science Museum Lab, you can learn how to make electricity with a help of onions

4.) FOURTH FLOOR

This floor is dedicated to the human mind and it’s my favourite! It contains of many experiments such as memory tests, mind solving problems, IQ tests, sense testers and many more. This floor is quite dark which adds more to overall impression.

On the fourth floor, there’s a section dedicated to sex
A spider’s web made under the influence of a psychedelic drug-LSD

5.) FIFTH FLOOR

This floor has a cafeteria, a children’s play area and a great views of the city.

FROM WHERE ARE ALL THOSE OBJECTS IN NEMO?

The vast majority of NEMO’s historical and engineering collection comes from the former Amsterdam Museum Energetica. That former museum had a large donations too. Most of the objects in NEMO are very rare and you won’t see them anywhere in the world, but in NEMO.

The only place on Earth where you can find this ZEBRA ROCK is in Western Australia. How the stripes are formed is still a mystery
BRAIN CORAL: this is the limestone of a brain coral, an animal.

WORKING HOURS

The museum is currently closed due to corona virus measures. I hope everything goes well as soon as possible and measures become less strict and we can all travel again. For future visits, it’s important to mention that this museum is a popular place for families. It can be busy and loud and you often have to wait your turn to try some device. That’s why you should avoid NEMO during school holidays and during holidays.


Quiet periods are on beautiful weather (Dutch people love to use every ray of sun) and at the beginning of the day around 10 AM. I advise you to come as soon as NEMO is open because you need a lot of time to explore all. (remember, there are 19,500 objects!!) 

You will hear Dutch people often saying word “Lekker” which is a positive word, meaning tasty, great…And this is a presentation of what happens inside of our mouth with our tounges when we kiss

FACILITIES

Dutch people are usually offering many facilities in each museum. One of the highlights here are:

  • elevator
  • baby change
  • FREE LOCKERS
  • trained stuff to suggest you most interesting things and to answer on all of your questions
  • gift shop
In NEMO gift shop you can buy plenty of interesting things. Some are very expensive, but some are surprisingly affordable
Most of the books in NEMO gift shop are science related, brain hacks etc.

HOW TO REACH IT

NEMO is super easy to reach. If you go on foot from the main exit of Central Station, it will take you only 15 minutes. And don’t worry. You will recognize NEMO right away. A huge, blue/green building in a shape of a boat.  

On of many on-screen presentations

HOW TO SAVE THE MONEY ON TICKET

A challenging thing about museums in Amsterdam is crowd. For example, a waiting line to Anne Frank house can last for hours. In order to save your time and some money, I advise you to buy tickets online (usually you have a discount and you can skip the line) or get I Amsterdam City Card. For more information, visit the official website of the NEMO museum.

The view from the lobby by @marko_arch

What is your favourite museum in Amsterdam or if you still haven’t been, which museum you would love to visit?

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In the lush greenery of De Braak park

THE BEST & REMARKABLE HIDDEN GEM NEAR AMSTERDAM YOU’LL LOVE

In the lush greenery of De Braak park

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, known as the Netherlands, is a country famous for windmills, tulips and Stroopwafels. Amsterdam, its capital city, is widely popular for cannabis and Red Light District. However, there’s a lot more to explore in both Amsterdam and the whole Netherlands. I bet you haven’t heard there’s a pyramid in the Netherlands? Or Micropia in Amsterdam, the only museum in the world that displays the world of micro-organisms?

Today I will guide you through one of the most beautiful parks in The Netherlands – De Braak. If you are a nature lover and photographer, this is a photographers dream. This park is one of the most unique places I have visited in the Netherlands and definitely one of the best hidden gems in the area of Amsterdam/Amstelveen.

Greenery and a lake of De Braak park

Surrounded by the lush greenery and gorgeous flowers, it is the perfect place to spend the day outside of the busy Amsterdam.

Institute in De Braak park Amstelveen

‘HEME’ Park DE BRAAK⠀

Walking along the path of De Braak park

WHAT ARE HEME PARKS?⠀
‘Heme’ stands for native which means that the plants are among the original wild plants of the country together with some exotic plants that are not native. ⠀

Beautiful flower in De Braak park
red and purple flowers in De Braak park

THE HISTORY OF THE PARK:
The construction of the park begin in the late 1930s. The park has been made as a walking opportunity and for relaxation. In the beginning, the surface was very wet, poor and acidic, in short – not attractive to many crop. So, Dutch people decided to make use of their own native plants and De Braak became a park with species that fit wet, poor and sour peat.

Greenery in De Braak park
Lake in De Braak park in Amstelveen
De Braak park wooden bridge in Amstelveen

WHERE?
This gorgeous, a secret park, is located in the municipality of Amstelveen, 8 km from Amsterdam. Amstelveen is a charming city where many families find their home to run away from hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. ⠀

In the middle of De Braak park


WHEN TO VISIT:
Anytime but spring is the best time because most of the flowers in the park are spring flowers.

Standing on the wooden bridge in De Braak park

INTERESTING FACTS:⠀

There’s even an app about De Braak to download with all the flower explanations and striking birds such as mute swan, kingfisher etc.⠀
DE BRAAK is even a national monument.

De Braak park in Amstelveen

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:⠀
We didn’t use the app, we just walked around and enjoyed in intensive and lovely smells of flowers.⠀
I would highly recommend this park to anyone who loves nature and quite places. Although, it can get noisy due to Schiphol Airport near by, but usually the birds are much more louder than anything else. 🙂

What are best hidden gems that you have visited and where were they⁉️⠀

Greenery in De Braak park in Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Walking in De Braak park in Amstelveen

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Amsterdam houses along the UNESCO canals

ULTIMATE LIST OF 26 THINGS TO DO IN STARTLING AMSTERDAM

Get ready to find out the 26 BEST things in amazing capital of the Netherlands!

2020 didn’t start so well.

We are caught up in a misfortunate, global situation that left us all feeling a bit discouraged.
In times like this, it is the most important to occupy your brain. Bloggers and creatives are here to help you spark you imagination!

Photo by @aqui_c

In order to feed your imagination and travel appetite, I am continuing to write about travels. Many readers and followers expressed desire on my Instagram profile to read more tips about an unique city such as Amsterdam.
Just to remind you, I was a resident of Amsterdam for almost 4 years so I was able to wander around long enough to share with you some excellent corners that are maybe not so popular.

Here are some items you definitely should add to your Amsterdam bucket list regardless of the season.

Amsterdan houses along the canals with reflection in the rearview of the scooter
Photo by @alexisantoine


GET LOST

As Lost in Amsterdam slogan says:

“You are not lost, until you are lost in Amsterdam.”

GPS is such a cool invention, but sometimes, it feels much better to let go. Somehow, I was never feeling afraid being lost here. I advise you to do the same. Leave your phone and start exploring around by yourself! Make sure to visit Lost in Amsterdam restaurant & bar too. Interior is very different and the vibe is extremely pleasant.

PRO TIPS:

  • Have an address of your accommodation and Google Maps already downloaded, so you can use it even when offline and end your day sleeping somewhere warm
The view on Amsterdam houses and canals
Photo by @colt_jones

STROLL OVER THE MOST ARTISTIC AREA OF AMSTERDAM: DE JORDAAN

Back in the 17th century, The Jordaan area of Amsterdam used to be the neighborhood for poor full of refugees and struggling artists. Today, it’s one of the most expensive areas to live, still full of artists and charming little houses. I advise you to explore every little street in this Jewish quarter!


PRO TIPS:

  • Visit Noordermarkt market (my favourite market in Amsterdam) that works on Mondays and Sunday mornings, to explore some local delicatessen and organic food, souvenirs, crafts…

HOP ON THE BIKE AND FEEL LIKE A LOCAL

Okay, this is a big lie. The reality is, you won’t feel like a local as soon as you hop on a bike even if you did a Tour de France for a few times. You will still be a tourist driving a bike and locals will see that from the distance.

However, if you visit Amsterdam for a longer period, or you have a local by your side, you might get deeper and faster into Dutch biking culture. Amsterdam is flat and highly populated so leave the expensive public transport and enjoy in city properly – biking!

PRO TIPS:

Bikes in Amsterdam tied onto the bridge
Photo by @jacegradinetti
Colorful wall with bikes in Amsterdam
Colorful vibes

EXPERIENCE AN ADRENALINE RUSH ON EUROPE’S HIGHEST SWING

Whether you like adrenaline or not, climbing up to A’DAM tower to observation deck is a must! You’ll experience the best panoramic views of the city and who knows, maybe you get encouraged once you’re up there, to swing 100 meters above the ground. 🙂

PRO TIPS:

  • Buy tickets in advance and see the weather forecast
  • If it’s cloudy and rain, the views won’t be so spectacular
The view on Eye Filmmuseum and A'DAM tower
Photo by @moritz_photography
A'DAM tower from frog's perspective
Photo by @mariganeshkumar

TAKE A WALK OF A LIFETIME OVER THE FAMOUS RED LIGHT DISTRICT

Red Light District sign
Photo by @jordanmerrick

Whatever your opinion might be about legal prostitution, coming to Amsterdam and not seeing it’s old part ‘De Wallen’, equals to going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. On the other hand, I understand we all have different desires and priorities. Yet, wandering around the streets of Amsterdam in the Red Light District area can only be exciting and fun, even during the late nights.

For all of you who might be scared, this area is all covered with cameras and police offices are regular visitors here. (I don’t mean it literally!😂)

PRO TIPS:

  • If you want to avoid teasing, never go alone sightseeing Red Light District in the night time (if you are man it’s not a problem). Plenty of people who spend their time there, are there for one obvious reason
  • It only makes sense to visit this area during the night because all the lights are visible after the sunset. Remember, passing with a bike can be tricky during the night due to crowds

YOU AIN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN KING’S DAY YET

Each year on April 27, the Netherlands celebrates the birthday of their King Willem Alexander. Most of the canals (more than 165) become packed with boats with loud music and shows. Streets become dancing floors with parties, flea markets and fun activates. It’s the day of free tax so literally anyone can sell almost anything.

The craziness starts on April 26th with great festivals and concerts with music from all genres. Each club offers different a program. Almost everyone is drunk or on drugs and wearing orange colors. It’s the wildest event I’ve seen in my life, but definitely a must experience. It’s even wilder than New Year’s Eve!

PRO TIPS:

  • If you want to get some orange items for this day, head over to ‘Action’ shop few days before. Buying items on the streets will cost you double or even triple

HEAD OVER TO THE TINIEST HOUSE IN AMSTERDAM – OUDE HOOGSTRAAT 22

The smallest house and tea dining room in Amsterdam
The smallest house in Amsterdam

The smallest house (1738) is like a miniature version of typical houses along the canals of Amsterdam. Tiny house is located in Oude Hoogstraat – one of the oldest streets in the heart of the city being only 2 m wide with 5 m deep.

PRO TIPS:

VISIT THE EXTRAORDINARY RIJKSMUSEUM AND ITS LIBRARY

Rijskmuseum Library
Photo by @wilvanw

Rijksmuseum is one of the greatest and the most popular museums in the Netherlands. Here you can admire Dutch art and 800 years of history from the Middle Ages till today. It has many artefacts and building itself it’s worth revisiting.

Please don’t miss the most extensive art history library in The Rijksmuseum (INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE) because it seriously looks like a library from the Harry Potter movie. It’s gigantic!

PRO TIPS:

  • By downloading the Rijksmuseum app, you will have access to free and self-guided tours
  • Buy tickets online and get there early morning
  • Enjoy in Rijksmuseum’s garden on a warm day and stretch your legs around the greenery and its sculptures FOR FREE (every day from 9 AM – 6 PM) 
Observing  artworks in Rijksmuseum
Absorbing the art

SEE THE MOST INTERESTING MUSEUM IN THE ATTIC

Our Lord in the Attic Museum (Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder) is one of the oldest and most unique museums in Amsterdam. The museum is actually well preserved house from the Dutch Golden Age. It hides a very interesting story and has a church built in – attic !

PRO TIPS:

  • WORKING HOURS: Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sundays from 1 PM to 6 PM
  • Be prepared for many stairs
  • You can’t enter the museum if you are wearing stiletto heals


HAVE FUN IN NEMO, THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

Reward yourself with a day in innovative Nemo Science Museum and discover approximately 19,500 unique artefacts of humankind, energy technology and science. This is my favourite museum in Amsterdam because it offers fun activities, knowledge and plenty of rare items that you won’t seen anywhere in the world but here!

PRO TIPS:

Nemo Science Museum at night
Photo by @liammcgary

JOIN PLASTIC FISHING WITH THE FIRST PLASTIC FISHING COMPANY IN THE WORLD

Did I already mention how Dutch people are brilliant? Plastic Whale is a movement that collects people (crowdsourcing) who love creating and doing a greater good. You can join the movement of fishing for plastic along canals of Amsterdam on boats made from plastic and help these people to collect, recycle and turn plastic into furniture and more boats.

PRO TIPS:

ENRICH YOURSELF WITH A HISTORY IN TROPPEN MUSEUM

Amsterdam is the most multicultural city in the world with over 180 nationalities. Troppenmuseum wonderfully shows that diverse world of cultures, located in one of the most impressive museum buildings in the whole country. 

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GO SIGHTSEEING THROUGH AMSTERDAM FROM THE WATER

Amsterdam is much more special from canal point of view. The city has 165 canals and 10 of them were placed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. On each canal there are interesting and historic sights, some of them you can only see boat’s point of view. (Reguliersgracht-7 bridges)

PRO TIPS:

Boat under the bridge in Amsterdam canals
Photo by @claudialorux

DIVE INTO FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE OLDEST ZOO IN EUROPE – ARTIS

ARTIS ZOO (Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo or Natura Artis Magistra in the past) is opened in 1838, being one of the oldest zoo parks in the Europe. Interesting, the Zoo first had only few monkeys, parrots and a cat from Suriname which was Netherlands colony. (That explains a lot!)

And whatever your opinion may be about zoos, you have to admit that ARTIS is truly a captivating place, nicely decorated and the best part, it keeps expanding as much as it can, in order to offer more space to the animals. (The oldest zoo in Europe is in Vienna)

PRO TIPS:

ARTIS Zoo Amsterdam aquarium
Photo by @kookylovestotravel 🙂
Monkey from ARTIS zoo in Amsterdam
Photo by @jangemerle

MEET A LOCAL PERSON IN THE BIGGEST MARKET IN EUROPE

Albert Cuyp Market is actually a long street, originated as a market in 1905 and it represents the hot spot for locals. Here you can taste authentic dishes, stroll over more than 260 market stalls, dozens of shops, experience Dutch humor and “gezellig” (a Dutch word which means “fun”, “coziness”, “great”) vibe in the streets.

Don’t be shy to start the conversation, Dutch people are extremely friendly and interesting plus their English is great! (In case someone doesn’t approach you first)

PRO TIPS:

  • Market is open on Monday-Saturday from 9am to 5pm and closed on Sunday.
  • Make sure you don’t come late because sometimes it closes earlier especially if it starts to rain
  • If it’s rain during the whole day, double check their website for opening hours
A stand in Albert Cuypmarket
Photo by @ronnieovergoor1

SNEAK PEAK INTO THE HOUSEBOAT MUSEUM TO SEE HOW LIVING IN THE BOAT LOOKS LIKE

Amsterdam has more than 2500 houseboats and this cute little museum allows you to see what living inside a houseboat looks like. Head over to houseboat museum on address Prinsengracht 296k and enjoy in short and self-guided tour.

PRO TIPS:

  • Go early to avoid the crowds
The view from a bridge over Amsterdam canal
The view on Amsterdam canal and houseboats

ENJOY IN CULINARY CULTURE IN DE FOODHALLEN

This place used to be a tram station until creatives turned it into a venue of 21 stands with fresh and unique dishes. In Foodhallen you will find local Dutch treats as well wide range of other foods from all over the world. I highly recommend you to visit this place and surprise your palate!


PRO TIPS:

  • It’s a bit further from the city center so bike your way there
  • WORKING HOURS: 11:30 AM to 11 PM, from Sunday to Thursday & 11:30 AM to 1 AM Friday to Saturday

TREAT YOURSELF WITH DUTCH SWEETS IN SOME OF THE COOLEST SPOTS IN AMSTERDAM

You will notice that Amsterdam has a ton of cute, cosy, modern or even rusty little cafes and places to have a bite. As I already mentioned in my previous article, ⇨Where to Eat in Amsterdam⇦ Dutch cuisine is full of snacks and sweets. In almost every café, you can taste famous Dutch apple pie. However, if you want to eat something more, I will share some of the cutest places that you shouldn’t avoid ↓

PRO TIPS:

  • Bagels and Beans – wide range of interesting foods, organic drinks, mushroom coffees etc.
  • The Avocado Show – everything is made from avocado
  • Little Collins – quality food from local markets, an unconventional way of preparing classic dishes
  • Vegabond – a cosy, vegan place with an unique interior
  • Winkel 43 – best apple pie and hot chocolate (beware of the huge lines, but totally worth it!)
  • Van Stapele – best chocolates
Small Ducth flags on pastries
Dutch people love their little flags 🙂

TAKE A WALK ALONG 9 STREETS

The 9 Streets are a must shopping alleyways situated in the Amsterdam canal belt, just behind Dam Square. “De 9 Straatjes” is the ideal place to get deeper into the Amsterdam vibe and explore vintage shops, hidden restaurants and small bars.

For that true taste of A’dam. Nine little streets that are big on personality. (National Geographic)

PRO TIPS:

  • Once you’re there, explore three main magical Amsterdam canals: Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizergracht
Photo by @kelvinyup

EXPLORE ELCTRIC LADYLAND – THE FAMOUS FLUORESCENT LIGHT MUSEUM

Electric Ladyland is also the final studio album from Jimi Hendrix and the name of the first museum of the fluorescent art. To be frank, I haven’t been here yet, but many of my friends did and they loved the concept. It’s very unique, a kind of “Participatory Art” where you as a visitor, take place in the creation of a piece of Art, not just viewing it.

How cool is that!? 🙂

Museum offers a guided tour with a small fee and includes demonstrations of wide collections of Fluorescent Minerals from all over the world.

PRO TIPS:

  • You can visit this unusual museum BY MAKING AN APPOINTMENT ONLY (Wednesday – Saturday  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM) 

 

TASTE A DUTCH LOCAL BEER IN THE ARENDSNEST TASTING ROOM

This place is so authentic because it offers more than 50 beers on tap and more than 100 on bottle, all from The Netherlands only. (There are 400 breweries in the country!)

PRO TIPS:

  • If you are visiting Amsterdam with friends or family, try group beer tasting paired with food. I did it once and absolutely loved it. Beer tastes much better if you pair it with proper food plus, you learn the history about beers and a right way to taste them
A glass of Grolsch beer
Photo by @jeancarloemer

DO A CYCLING TO IJBURG AND EXPLORE IJMEER LAKE AND DIEMENPARK

IJBURG is a beautiful neighborhood, yet still under construction. The area is located on the IJmeer lake, on six artificial islands. The area obviously has many bridges with some being the biggest in Amsterdam. I went many times with bike here on a sunny day because the path is beautiful with plenty flora, fauna and gorgeous views along the water and greenery.

PRO TIP:

  • Crossing over the bridges with a bike can be challenging, but the views are rewarding
  • Sometimes during the warm days, you can spot art performers in the bushes
Photo by @faithej1

STROLL THROUGH UNIQUE PARKS OF AMSTERDAM: VONDELPARK, WESTERPARK, BEATRIXPARK, AMSTELPARK

AMSTERDAMMERS (people who live in Amsterdam) love to spend their time in nature and parks are the hot spots during the sunny days. Beatrixpark is the least known and Amstelpark is being the furthest. Vondelpark and Westerpark are very popular, especially Vondelpark which breaks records each year in number of visitors.

PRO TIPS:

  • If your time is limited, see only the famous Vondelpark
  • My favourite park in Amsterdam is Amstelpark (if that means something to you) because it’s beautifully decorated, it even has a windmill and a labyrinth

GO ON A CANOEING OR HORSE RIDING IN AMSTERDAM FOREST (AMSTERDAMSE BOS)

Kayaking in Amsterdam Forest
Kayaking is one more activity in which you can enjoy in Amsterdam Forest

Amsterdamse Bos is an enormous man-made park/forest, approximately three times the size of Central Park in New York City. It is situated in both Amsterdam and Amsteelveeen muncipality.You can enjoy in many sport activities in Amsterdam Forest or just take a walk and discover all the art and monuments.

Hire canoe from 6 euros per hour and a pedalo too from 10 euros per hour. I must say, the entire place looks like Amazon from the water. ➜Explore more about horse riding in Amsterdamse Bos.

PRO TIP:

  • Avoid visiting Amsterdamse Bos when it’s rainy especially if you don’t have a good, long boots – it gets nasty!
Driving pedalo on the green water surface in Amsterdamse Bos
Driving pedalo in Amsterdamse Bos
Duck in greenery on Het Nieuwe Meer Amsterdamse Bos
Ducks in Het Nieuwe Meer in Amsterdam Forest

THE HORTUS BOTANICUS AMSTERDAM

Dutch people love plants and guess what; Amsterdam has its botanical garden too! The Amsterdam Hortus dates back to 1638 and it has various cultural activities throughout the whole year plus of course, many remarkable plants. If you love nature, put this place on your bucket list!

PRO TIPS:

Amsterdam purple tulips Holland
Photo by @jareth21st

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