Friday, September 21, 2012

Amsterdam's Attractions & Culture in Netherlands


Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands, which is also known as Venice of the North because of the canals connecting each other in the downtown of Amsterdam. In my opinion, traveling in Amsterdam, Netherlands leaves more positive memories than traveling in Rome and Venice in Italy. First of all, I feel safer walking in the city at night even though some of the places aren't as happening as those places in the downtown of Amsterdam. Besides that, the city is clean and well-maintained compared to the big cities in Italy. On top of everything, the locals or the Dutch people are more friendly and able to converse in English fluently.

A tour guide told me that, the level of education in Netherlands is one of the highest and recognizable in European region. The Dutch people learn a lot of languages in schools. Even though Dutch is the national language in Netherlands, they also learn and master other languages such as French, German and English as well. 

Amsterdam was originally started as a small fishing village in the late 12th century and it slowly expanded into the most important trading centre in the world. Amsterdam was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 for its beautiful canals and many historical buildings dating back to the 17th century are still situated along the canals. Amsterdam has been an attractive destination as you can laid back and relaxed enjoying the beautiful city with uniquely and creative architectural buildings while riding on the bicycle or taking a ride on a boat along the canals. 

Netherlands is one of a few countries, to legalized the prostitution business and cannabis consumption at coffee shops. Red-Light District becomes the major attraction to the tourists and locals in Amsterdam. You can find sex toys store, sex museum and even some pretty prostitutes dancing behind the glasses in their sexy bikinis to attract male customers. Apart from that, you shouldn't be confused between coffee shop and cafe in Netherlands. The locals are permitted to buy and smoke cannabis in coffee shops since it's legalized by the law. If you are looking for a real coffee then, you should look for cafe instead.



The unique icon identity of Netherlands from the Canals of Amsterdam, Windmill to the beautiful architectural buildings in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The unique icon identity of Netherlands from the Canals of Amsterdam, Windmill to the beautiful architectural buildings in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Popular souvenirs such as Holland Wooden Clogs and Shirts with Cannabis design in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Popular souvenirs such as Holland Wooden Clogs and Shirts with Cannabis design in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Friendly and reliable public transportation such as bicycle, tram and water taxi in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friendly and reliable public transportation such as bicycle, tram and water taxi in Amsterdam, Netherlands


The Canals of Amsterdam especially the famous attraction of Keizersgracht at the bottom in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Canals of Amsterdam especially the famous attraction of Keizersgracht at the bottom in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Another Canals of Amsterdam with the famous Red Light District on the top in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Another Canals of Amsterdam with the famous Red Light District on the top in Amsterdam, Netherlands


National Monument to commemorate the war victims in Amsterdam downtown, Netherlands
National Monument to commemorate the war victims in Amsterdam downtown, Netherlands


Unique architectural buildings including Royal Palace of Amsterdam under beautiful night light in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unique architectural buildings including Royal Palace of Amsterdam under beautiful night light in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Popular International eateries including Chinese cuisine in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Popular International eateries including Chinese cuisine in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands


More photos with glittering buildings including Allard Pierson Museum on top right and canals in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands
More photos with glittering buildings including Allard Pierson Museum on top right and canals in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Nemo Science Center on top right while Netherlands Maritime Museum with the replica of ship on bottom right in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nemo Science Center on top right while Netherlands Maritime Museum with the replica of ship on bottom right in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A panorama of the downtown of Amsterdam from Nemo Science Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A panorama of the downtown of Amsterdam from Nemo Science Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Another unique church design in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Another unique church design in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A church nearby Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A church nearby Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A close view of Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A close view of Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Unique architectural design and the famous Prinsengracht  canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unique architectural design and the famous Prinsengracht  canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Taking an experienced ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Taking an experience ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands


More photos of my experience on the water cruise along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands
More photos of my experience on the water cruise along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands


A Street Bridge Opening to give way for big cruises to pass by in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A Street Bridge Opening to give way for big cruises to pass by in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Amsterdam Museum on renovation in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Museum on renovation in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A close view of the architectural d design of Amsterdam Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A close view of the architectural d design of Amsterdam Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Most of the buildings are built in unique architectural design which are unique and different from one another despite there is limited of land in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Most of the buildings are built in unique architectural design which are unique and different from one another despite there is limited of land in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A canal with surrounded by beautiful architectural buildings in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A canal with surrounded by beautiful architectural buildings in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A close view of the building design across the canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A close view of the building design across the canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands


InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is a five-star hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is a five-star hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Unfortunately this isn't a collage page. These rows of buildings are built slanting towards the horizontal to accommodate limited space and streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unfortunately this isn't a collage page. These rows of buildings are built slanting towards the horizontal to accommodate limited space and streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Beautiful Architectural Building of Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful Architectural Building of Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A close view of beautiful architectural building of Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A close view of beautiful architectural building of Magna Plaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Madame Tussaud in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Madame Tussaud in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands


New Church or Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
New Church or Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands


A close view of Royal Palace of Amsterdam which was built as city hall in the 17th century in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A close view of Royal Palace of Amsterdam which was built as city hall in the 17th century in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Crowded with pedestrians and bicyclists in between of the unique buildings design in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crowded with pedestrians and bicyclists in between of the unique buildings design in the downtown of Amsterdam, Netherlands


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