Amsterdam Things to Do Tips by monica71
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Medemblik is a very nice and quiet town and well known for sailing events. Floris V built the Kasteel Radboud fortress in town and awarded Medemblik city rights in 1289. Most of the houses in town were built in the 17th and the 18th century. They are very well preserved.
We visited the town for 2 hours total and had lunch on the main street. Unfortunately both churches were closed when we were there, but this did not stop us from appreciating and enjoying the beauty of the city.
This is a very nice museum that has well preserved old houses and few fully functional wind mills built after 1574 that you can visit. There are plenty of stores here from where you can buy cheese, clogs and lots of souvenirs.
The cheese sold here is packed so you can take it on the plane without a problem. I also recommend buying a cheese board and cheese grater and slicer from here. The cheese board is hand made and hand painted and the cheese grater and cheese slicer are made in Holland and have a windmill design on the handles.
I highly recommend a visit here!
sign of the tulip farm
The visit to the tulip farm 1 hour outside Amsterdam was included in the organized tour we took. We learned a lot about growing tulips and how to easily identify healthy ones when buying tulips.
The tulips in Holland are mainly grown for the bulbs, therefore farmers will cut the flowers once they are in bloom to grow healthy bulbs that can be sold. The best way to buy high quality bulbs is to get them in the fall. All the bulbs that the stores and the flower market sell during the rest of the year are from the last year crop, therefore you risk to get bulbs that will not bloom at all.
The land where tulips are grown is used to grow tulips once every 6 years. The rest of the time the land is used to plant something else (different vegetables every year) so the soil gets the nutrients needed to grow healthy tulip bulbs and flowers every 6 years.
Anne Frank House from across the street
I enjoyed seeing the house and I felt sick to my stomach walking inside and thinking of the day when she and her family were taken away. The only one that survived the war was her father, Otto. It was sad to see and learn more about their family history and their last days in the house.
I bought a copy of her diary and a book about her 7 months of life.
Address: Prinsengracht 267
I really enjoyed this part of the city. I highly recommend a walk on the cobbled streets and along the old canals.
The neighborhood is very different than the city center.
The perfect way to see the city is by walking. Pick up your favorite canal street and enjoy the walk while admiring the view and taking lots of pictures.
The Floating Flower Market
The floating flower market makes for a very nice stop in my opinion. I spent a lot of time here admiring the flowers and taking lots of pictures.
It first opened in 1862 and it is located on one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam. You can find lots of souvenirs here if you really want to get something for your family and friends. The only thing I bought here was a wooden tulip magnet that I proudly put on my refrigerator door when returning to Chicago.
Dam square is the place where all the tourists go when visiting Amsterdam. There are a lot of attractions there and it makes for a nice photo stop.
There are lots of entertainers during the day, including clowns and musicians.
Here you will find the National Monument (a World War II memorial), Madam Tussauds (the wax museum), the Royal Palace, the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and maybe the most luxurious mall in the city: De Bijenkorf.
Damrak street is leading your way to the Dam square and it is full of touristy shops that you can check out. Do not expect to find unique or high quality items here. The only things we purchased from these stores were some chocolates and postcards.
Address: Dam -
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