The walks to do during a visit to Amsterdam
Fly boat cruises
One of the essential activities when you come visit amsterdam is here boat trip on the city’s canals.
Romantic and unforgettablethis will allow you to discover the city and its various attractionsanother point of view whether by bike or on foot.
There are many starting points and the tours are guided in several languages.
There are two options:
- either make a cruise of about 1h30 with one of the companies
- either choose the service ” hop on hop off ». It will allow you to jump off the boat whenever you want. Ideal for alternate stroll on the water, activities and city tours.
And if you come during the Festival of Lights then cruise the canals of Amsterdam is a great opportunity.
A nice activity to do when you come to visit Amsterdam is to go for a stroll in the very picturesque Jordan neighborhood. Located to the west of the old town, it offers a relaxing break to recharge your batteries.
This district was built during the 17and century to house the popular classes of the city (workers, craftsmen), before serving as a land of welcome for French Huguenot refugees. Today, the Jordaan is considered the bohemian and arty district quintessential Amsterdam!
With its magnificent canals, vintage shops, thrift stores and flowery alleys, there reigns a very peaceful atmosphere. There are several points of interest, such as the Anne Frank House, the amazing Woonbootmuseum boat museum, and the Westerkerk, a Protestant church.
To better appreciate your ride, I strongly advise you to take a guided tour of the Jordaan district (in addition this one is in French!).
The Nieuwmarkt square is a nice little place that you absolutely have to visit in Amsterdam. It is located in Chinatown, not far from the Red Light District: you will therefore surely pass by during your wanderings in the city.
It is particularly famous for the unusual monument that stands there in the center: the Waag. Built during the 15th century, this building, which looks like a small castle, once served as the gateway to the medieval town.
Several markets are also held there on weekdays and weekends, including a flea market every Sunday.
Notice to foodies : to taste the culinary specialties and soak up the local atmosphere, there’s nothing like a market! And it turns out that one of the best markets in Amsterdam, and indeed in all of the Netherlands, is the Albert Cuypmarkt.
With its 250 stalls fruits and vegetables, cheeses, typical pastries and ready-made dishes, you won’t know where to turn. Of course, it’s not just food: flowers, clothes, handicrafts… bring back lots of memories at home !
The Albert Cuyp Market is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam
The Oude Kerk, literally “Old Church”, is (as its name suggests) the oldest church in Amsterdam. Built at the beginning of the 12and century on the ruins of a wooden chapel, it houses the tombs of many local personalities.
This church is nestled in the heart of the red light district, so a quick detour should get you there. If the entrance is a little expensive (12€/adult), the exterior, mixing gothic and renaissance styles, definitely worth a look. Occasionally, the Oude Kerk also hosts exhibitions.