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What to See at Amsterdam: Capital City of Netherlands

Updated on November 17, 2015

What to see at Amsterdam: capital city of Netherlands

What to see at Amsterdam : capital city of Netherlands (Holland)

Netherlands is located at the northwestern Europe and is bounded by the Germany to the east and Belgium to the south, and the North sea to the north and west. The country is known for its liberal policies towards sensitive issues like homosexuality, prostitution, drugs, immigration, euthanasia and abortion. For a long time it was a neutral country and they are also known for windmills, tulips and tall people. They speak the Dutch language and the currency is euro, the conversion is 1.00 Euro = 1.44 U.S. Dollars.

Amsterdam is the largest and capital city of Netherlands and it is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The seat of the government is located at The Hague. and the type of government is constitutional monarchy.

Map of Netherlands
Map of Netherlands
bike is the mode of tranpo in the city too and all over Netherlands
bike is the mode of tranpo in the city too and all over Netherlands
me at the city proper
me at the city proper
me inside the Sex Shop
me inside the Sex Shop
me at the entrance of the Wax Museum (Madame Tussauds) with Pierce Brosnans wax
me at the entrance of the Wax Museum (Madame Tussauds) with Pierce Brosnans wax
me, at the back is a canal which run across the city and coffee shops too where you can order "pot" and ask for menu
me, at the back is a canal which run across the city and coffee shops too where you can order "pot" and ask for menu

What to see at Amsterdam:

To be honest, I was culture shock when I went to Amsterdam. I have been to "red light districts" like in Bangkok, Hong Kong etc. but this one from Amsterdam is a lot different. Their red light district is beside the churches, and by the way churches in most Europe countries are usually closed because nobody goes to church anymore except on some occasions. Some churches serve as housing for some art works.

Amsterdam's red lights district is the place to find women inside cubicle glass naked and they are all lined up and people passed by to look at them including customers, if a person want to pay the woman for sexual services, they can actually met there and close the cubicle, then there is a door which connects the cubicle to a room. The district is located at the Walletjes, Amsterdam's and getting a camera is a breach of etiquette so you aren't allowed to get pictures of the women in the glass cubicles too.

Prostitution is legal in this country but they are taxed and women have to be monitored by the health department, they issue permit to those who apply for it, and they also ensure that they have health certificates. The women prostitutes are mostly migrants.

Amsterdam is crowded like Paris and London. Many of the people roaming the streets are tourists and they are all busy walking along the side of the road, and visiting the city’s shopping center, red light district, museums and other attractions. Some are just sitting down at parks too. You cant see a plantation of tulips at Amsterdam but it is available in the nearest district of Leiden. The main things which are also attributed to Netherlands are: wooden sandals, windmills, and its canals which are located all over the city and the whole country. They needed these canals because Netherlands is below sea level, there is always the danger that the place will submerged in water.


Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are the favorites. The Wax Museum Madame Tussauds with lots of waxed famous people inside the museum is a nice place to go. Pierce Brosnan’s wax can be seen at the entrance of the museum.

The Sex Museum throughout more than 20 years of its existence, not only managed to collect many hundreds of interesting pieces of art, unique objects and rare old photographs, it has a class of presentation of pornography and managed to bring together in a nice way and very organized one.

Coffee shops which served “pot” or marijuana. There are designated places for this, usually one whole block in the city are all coffee shops and small eateries too. Upon entering the coffee shops, you can ask for menu for example coffees mixed with the pot and you can be seated and smoke too. Only those who are 18 years old and above are allowed inside coffee shops.

Amsterdam is a walkable city and almost all people are walking or either riding by a bike. There is a tram and bus services owned by the government too so it is very accessible even when you go to Rotterdam and nearby places like Leiden etc. Rotterdam is only 45 minutes away by train and the place has skyscrapers establishments.

Amsterdam has lots of shopping areas and nearby places like Leiden have flower plantation where you can see tulips in bloom, wonderful. That is what I am excited about when I went to Netherlands, their tulips are all in bloom, wonderful.

Souvenirs to get: wooden sandals, windmills, tulips replicas and many sex toys.

Leiden, Netherlands flower plantation, thirty minues away from Amsterdam
Leiden, Netherlands flower plantation, thirty minues away from Amsterdam
Leiden train station
Leiden train station

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      prettydarkhorse 2 years ago from US

      Thanks and good luck, enjoy your trip.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I would love to travel and go to Amsterdam someday. I've heard it's lovely. Thanks for this travelogue on your Dutch adventures in Holland. Voted up for interesting!

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      lilalollie 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      No, only 5 minutes or less :)

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      That is nice to know! Are you far from Leiden University?

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      lilalollie 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Yes, the weather today is fine, 20 degrees and the sun is shining :)

      Love to read more stories of you about the Netherlands!

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      its ok 2patricias, I'll do the same.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I know Amsterdam well, and it is very interesting to read about it from your point of view.

      I am putting a link from our hub "Amsterdam by Bike" - I hope that is okay with you.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Lilalollie, I think the weather there right now is best.

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      prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

      Thanks for commenting. Leiden is very near Amsterdam!

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      lilalollie 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Funny to see, you like Amsterdam so much! I an from Leiden, the city you mentioned in your hub, but most tulips are to be seen in the so-called Keukenhof.

      Thanks for sharing, loved to read your story!

      Greetz Lilalollie

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      manlypoetryman 5 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Hi, PDH...wanted to stop and visit one of your Hubs. Even if a Hub is older...doesn't mean that folks can't leave a comment on it. I hope you are well? I enjoyed your Hub on the Netherlands...I also enjoyed visiting the Netherlands...and Amsterdam...when I went. Best Regards to you!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Maita - that must have been one great trip. Amsterdam looks so beautiful and so do you! Thanks for sharing, I love travel hubs. (What's a nice girl like you doing in such a naughty place?)

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hey Maita you look good in Amsterdam! I went there in 1994 it was the time of my life! I wish I could go back to Europe, especially Amesterdam, the people there were wonderful! I went to the Red light district with a date! The pimps knew I was an American somehow, I was wearing a do rag and they said, "Look at the American pirate!" it was pretty funny, and you are right, they are really outrageously out there! Did you go to the Van Gogh museum? It was one of my favorites!

      Ben

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi thepranksta thank you for dropping by and for your nice compliments, Maita

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      thepranksta 7 years ago

      You took some nice pictures of the city. I enjoyed reading your page. Keep up the good work and I am glad you had a good time!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi habee, thanks and it is indeed beautiful place, Maita

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      My cousins are world travelers, and they love Amsterdam! Enjoyed this!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi invictus, come to Amsterdam and visit the place, you will like it I know plus you can visit your other relatives too,

      thank you for the drop by here Invictus and Happy New year, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi marcofratelli, yes bicycle all around, but it is good for the environment too,

      are you planning to go there again?

      thank you marco and Happy New year!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mrs Moneypants, at leaat you came to see their airport, it is large and nice and you have some cheese, whoa, thank you for the drop here, happy new year, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi bearclaw, I am glad you like this hub too, I see their kitchen isn't nice, I also went to Rotterdam and it is nice place too,

      Happy New year bear, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Happy New Year Cheeky girl, yes I had a culture shock when I went there, but it is a nice country specially their flower plantation, Have a good day, Maita

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy Maita, nice to see you on the front of HubPages! This is a cracking good Hub! I have been to this wonderful country where they are very open about many things. Kind of scary for some on a first visit perhaps, but one gets used to it. It's a very modern european city. I loved the pics! Happy New Year!

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      bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      So happy you made it. I admit too loving Holland and the Dutch. I don't like their kitchen. They are a good and generous public minded people. I love Rotterdam, it is a mini version of Amsterdam. Good hub thanks for the read and the pictures. This was a fun hub and we need them. Thank you Bearclaw.

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      Mrs. Moneypants 7 years ago from Canada and other places

      Excellent and informative article. Nicely done. I spent a half day in the Amsterdam airport and bought a few great cheeses in red wax.

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      I've spent a day in Amsterdam. The thing that blew me away was the carpark loads of bicycles! lol (The sex museum was great, wasn't it?! haha)

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      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

      I must get to Amsterdam someday soon. My father is from Holland and we have family their still. Sounds so exciting and I love the open mindset.. Great culture and your hub hit on the peak attributes.. Very nice.. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Dohn, yes that was a game played by Steelers, am happy about it but NYG lost, I hope NYG can still catch up..

      I haven't dont anything at the sex shop except to be curious LOL, thank you BTW,

      Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi RevLady, yes it saddened me about the churches there, I was culture shock thank you fro reading this one, Bless, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Quill, thanks for the read here, Bless and Happy new year! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Truth, it is a nice city specailly the surrounding places like Leiden etc, you can also go to rotterdam and other countries like Germany and Brussels which you can travel by train,

      I also enjoyed the windmills there BTW, I hope you can go there soon, thank you always, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi hafeezrm, Oh thanks for dropping by here, and for your comments too, Happy New Year! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Chris, thank you for your comment, Happy New year, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh Dave, you are lucky you can go there every September, I like the flower planatation yes and the fact that it is clean, maybe the surrounding places away from Amsterdam are awesome, but couldn't settle in Amsterdam, too liberal for me, thank you,

      Hows your vacation, happy New Year! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Russ, Yeah, Pierce Brosnan, nearly dropeed his glass when I cling on to him, maye he liked it too, just kidding, thank you for dropping by onece more, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Micky, yeah I know you wont appreciate the women, I read your hub about prostitution, I was culture shock of course, I cant understand why there are still women who do these things, hope you are better, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh hypno, that's wonderful, sure you want to go back there again? Happy New year, Maita

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Great hub Maita. I went there some 20 years ago and still remember that smoked salmon sandwich I bought on a road shop. And the city is wonderful.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      AmsterJAM! Been there- wish it were next door. I waited at the end of the street for friends to do their "window shopping" in the Red Light District. I don't like looking at women that way or fantasizing that way. I did wander into one of those coffee shops though. I had some wonderful Salmon and eggs while in AmsterJAM. I also had great Thai food. The people pass through as though there is a parade. It's like a carnival - in summer, anyway. Thanks

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      Rascal Russ Miles 7 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      AAAHHH Sweet Maita. I'm glad that they didn't keep you there behind glass being a foreigner. Did Pierce drop his glass when you decided to abandon him? I'm sure you nearly melted his arm.

      The tulips grow great in Washington State too.

      Another wonderful, very telling Hub about the country where you can pick your pleasures legally.

      Have a GREAT day !!! Russ

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      Dave McClure 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Hi Maita - Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities and one of the few I could settle in. Good Indonesian cuisine there, as Indonesia was once Dutch. It's a city that hasn't given in to the car. Public transport (by tram, train, bus, trolleybus, waterbus) is fantastic, and as you say, bicycles are everywhere. I go every September for 2 or 3 days (working!)

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Maita.... your travel posts are always very entertaining!!!

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      @prettydarkhorse, what a city to visit! I was there long time back, perhaps 1995. The city was very interesting with museum, shops and live shows.

      Thanks for bringing back old memories.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, what a wild trip. Amsterdam sounds very fun and entertaining. I have never been there but it is on my list along with Venice and Rome Italy. and Ireland. Great hub thanks Maita.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Interesting trip indeed, much to see and much to not see...well done...as always you surprize us Maita...

      Many Blessings

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      prettydarkhorse,

      I never would have believed it if it had not come from you (smile)

      "churches in most Europe countries are usually closed because nobody goes to church anymore except on some occasions. Some churches serve as housing for some art works."

      In this country, in most urban cities there is a church on every corner and most, if not all are open at least on Saturday and/or Sunday. From mega churches to home churches one would be hard pressed to not encounter a church virtually within walking distance of any place.

      Seems like you enjoyed yourself. Interesting hub.

      Forever His,

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Oh, Maita, what were you doing in a sex shop? Forget, don't answer that question! I liked (for the most part) the photos, especially of the tulips! It sounds like you had a great time :D

      Thanks again, Maita. I hope that you're having a wonderful day. By the way, the Steelers are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, unlike my AWFUL Giants :(