Short Breaks to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a fascinating, diverse and somewhat liberal City. It is well known for its coffee shops that are allowed to sell cannabis, as well as laws which legalised prostitution in 2000. The Red Light District is famous for glowing red windows with prostitutes behind them, its’ sex shops and the world’s first museum of prostitution.
There is something here for everyone, whatever your interests – sightseeing, culture, nightlife, food or architecture. With over 160 canals, it is a picturesque City to wander around, find a waterside bar or restaurant or take a cruise by day or night. It is a great place for solo travel.
Transport throughout the City is excellent. Centraal Station is the main station to head for on leaving Schipol Airport. It costs just Euros 5.50 by train. The station is large and includes a shopping arcade, cafes, restaurants, tourist information centre and bicycle hire. From Centraal Station it is easy to navigate your way around the City as canal boats, trams, Metro, buses and taxis are situated right outside. Ferry wharfs are located behind the station taking you to North Holland. On returning to the airport, trains run every 10 minutes during the day.
Tickets for transport and tours can be purchased from Centraal station. There are also a number of Tours and Tickets shops around the City. I had a very good experience with Tours-Tickets.com. They were very friendly and helpful and also spoke several languages. The website informs you of the location of their shops in the city. A two day tram ticket I purchased from them cost Euros 13.50. They gave me a book which included coupons offering discounts at various attractions. Their website also offers discounted tickets and tours.
These are hotels I have stayed in and recommend or, those located in an area I felt safe alone.
Some of the best activities recommended on a solo holiday to Amsterdam.
These are the best restaurants I found to eat at while in Amsterdam.
Note that not all destinations have the same local laws and customs as your home country. Click on the link to take you to the UK Government’s website which provides up to date information about local laws and customs in the Netherlands.
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