Live and let live – Amsterdam

The city has tons of character, charm, and history. The culture is all about live and let live. It’s a city where open-mindedness and free-thinking are heartily encouraged.

The language spoken is Dutch, not to be confused with Deutsch (German). Amsterdam’s goal is to the most bike-friendly city in the world by 2025.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an ideal place for the first-time traveler since English spoken nearly everywhere. Getting around town is very easy by public transport; the metro, tram, train or bike. No matter what season of the year there are always things going on around town.

Historical buildings are cherished, rather than torn down. Amsterdam is well known for its variety of museums in their authentic form. LingoHut goes on a 3-day field trip to museums.

Which museums to visit? We made it to 11 of the 46 museums on the I Amsterdam City Card. I must say; this is an excellent bang for your buck. As a result, not only do you get into the museums, but you also get free unlimited use of GVB public transportation. Allowing you to get you from one place to the next plus let’s not forget the canal ride.

I loved the canal ride; they are very historically informative — a fun activity on the card. We also took advantage of the free croquette and free gin and tonic on the card.

Therefore, it was a packed three days. The Amsterdam card is well worth its value.

A fun video to watch

Tropenmuseum

This place is an ethnographic museum one of the largest museums in Amsterdam founded in 1864. The museum accommodates eight permanent exhibitions and an ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including modern and traditional visual arts and photographic works.

Artis

Natura Artis Magistra, known as Artis, is the zoo in the center of Amsterdam.  It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in mainland Europe. Artis is not just a zoo; it also contains an aquarium and a planetarium.

Micropia

Micropia is a unique museum about microbes. The museum focuses on distributing information on microbes, which are often associated with illness and disease despite their essential function in the daily functioning of human life.

The Dutch Resistance Museum

This museum was difficult to walk through realizing how barbaric World War II was for millions of people. A Museum chosen as the best historical museum of the Netherlands, tells the story of the Dutch people in World War II. A must see.

Museum of Bags and Purses

Every bag has its own story. It tells us something about the fashion, art, skills, and customs of a particular period. Uncover the rich history of this everyday item at the Museum of Bags and Purses. In a magnificent 17th-century canal house, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, you will unlock the history of the bag from the Middle Ages to the present day. A place you will find so many unusual and exciting bags under one roof.

Museum Van Loon

In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht, you can still visit Amsterdam’s regent family, Van Loon, home. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Seven days a week the family opens their home and collection to the public.

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum

The pipe museum is all about smoking pipes, tobacco, and related paraphernalia. It holds the national reference collection in these areas and located in the heart of Amsterdam.

Evening Canal Cruise

See the lively capital of the Netherlands like never before as you explore the historic canal district with a spectacular Amsterdam evening canal cruise! You can take this cruise during the day also.

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

A botanical garden in the Plantage district of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. One of the oldest in the world. Thie garden has the oldest potted plant and many unique plant species

The Rembrandt House Museum

Check out where the famous painter Rembrandt lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656. This 3 story building is remarkable to walk in, I loved seeing the studios the student painters learned from Rembrandt.

Oude Kerk

An 800-year-old beauty. Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213. The Old Church has been a museum since 2016, an active place of worship on Sundays.

Our Lord in the Attic

A Catholic Church built on the top three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. It is an essential example of a “schuilkerk,” or clandestine church in which Catholics and other religious dissenters from the seventeenth century Dutch Reformed Church, unable to worship in public, held services. The church has been open as a museum since 28 April 1888.

Here are just some other attractions covered by the I Amsterdam City Card:   Van Gogh Museum ~ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ~ Amsterdam Museum ~ Hermitage Amsterdam ~ Foam Photography Museum ~ EYE Filmmuseum ~ Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age ~ De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam ~ Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) ~ Amsterdam Diamond Museum ~ Jewish Cultural Quarter ~ NEMO Science Museum  ~ Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot ~ Museum Het Schip ~ Allard Pierson Museum ~ Bijzondere Collecties UvA ~ Cobra Museum of Modern Art ~ Museum Van Loon ~ Museum Willet-Holthuysen ~ Bijbelsmuseum ~ Huis Marseille Photography Museum ~ Amsterdam Arena – Ajax Stadium Tours ~ Amsterdam Tulip Museum ~ Houseboat museum… and many, many more!

So, pack your bags, book your hotel and immerse yourself in the culture in Amsterdam.

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