We all know that Amsterdam is has one of the most cannabis friendly cultures in the entire world, but the city has a lot more to offer than just that! Many people make the trip to Amsterdam as a hub for Europe but a good majority of these people also take the time to stop and explore this incredible European city. Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider visiting the cannabis capital of the world:
1. It’s extremely friendly for travelers
Unlike other parts of Europe and the Netherlands there’s no need to worry about a language barrier. Most people living in Amsterdam speak English, so even if you don’t speak Dutch (which, let’s be honest, you probably don’t) you’ll easily feel comfortable in the city.
2. It has an extensive history
Amsterdam has an overwhelming cultural history and it serves as a beautiful place to explore. One of the nicest aspects of exploring UNESCO world heritage sites like the canal belt and the various museums is that they’re all very accessible.
Amsterdam is a relatively small city when compared to Paris, London or New York and it’s designed for easy travel throughout. Visitors can feel very at home exploring the various neighborhoods and making their way to the fun and historical attractions across Amsterdam.
3. The history of beer
It’s likely that you’ve heard of Heineken beer before and Amsterdam is actually it’s founding city. Many visitors each year flock to the Heineken beer tour to try some of the original recipes firsthand and explore the factory where one of the world’s most popular European beers is brewed to this day.
But, in recent years, a number of smaller craft breweries have also opened their doors to the public. They’re less touristy but still just as much fun! You can check out the IJ Brouwerij (in a windmill!), or Oedipus for example.
4. Exploring coffeeshops
It’s an extremely unique experience to make your way to many of the cafés throughout Amsterdam and enjoy legalized recreational marijuana. Amsterdam has one of the most liberal marijuana policies in the entire world and it’s a pioneer in this type of legislation.
Going to one of the city’s coffee shops can give you a window into a huge market for cannabis products. You can find many different strains of marijuana, edibles and other products which are legal to consume in many of the coffee shops or to even buy and take with you in small quantities. It’s even allowed to purchase cannabis seeds in one of the many seed stores. Want to know more about the history of cannabis? Visit the Marijuana Museum!
If the munchies do hit after exploring the cafés you can find a unique Amsterdam treat called the Stroopwaffle. These Belgian style waffles have two wafers which are fused together with a caramel syrup in the middle. These creations can also be topped with fruit, powdered sugar, chocolate and more. These are must try items for your trip to Amsterdam.
6. The flowers
The surrounding Dutch countryside is known for its tulips and beautiful greenery. Amsterdam however has quite a unique flower market that celebrates the history of its gardens and bulbs. Visitors to Amsterdam can enjoy purchasing flowers and bulbs to take home from one of the world’s only floating flower markets. This is a unique tourist attraction that you will only find here!
7. Exploring your creative side
Through the architecture, the canals, the beautiful cafés as well as the streets, you can find moments of peace and creativity in Amsterdam. It’s no wonder that so many famous figures have lived in the city. The poet Joost van den Vondel, the painter Rembrandt van Rijn and many more have all called Amsterdam home at some point. You can often escape in areas like the Jordaan and explore boutiques, galleries and other inspiring and creative distractions to find your own creative inspirations.
8. Impressive artwork
Amsterdam has some of the most renowned art galleries in the entire world. Not only can you visit the Van Gogh Museum but the Rijksmuseum ( or “State Museum”) is one of the most world-renowned centers for art in Europe. In this astounding building you can view artifacts from European history, national treasures as well as priceless works of art from world-famous painters.
So what are you waiting for? Book a ticket and pack those bags to visit this beautiful and diverse cities. It’s super accessible and easy to combine with visiting other cities in Europe.