DIS­COVER THE NETHER­LANDS

IN­STA-TRAV­ELLER AND AU­THOR BROOKE SAWARD ( AKA @WORLDWANDERLUST) SHOWS US THE HID­DEN TREA­SURES OF THIS CUL­TURE- DRENCHED EURO­PEAN GEM

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

Artis­tic and in­tri­cate, the largest city in the Nether­lands, Am­s­ter­dam, may be best known for its fa­mous red light dis­trict and ex­per­i­men­tal drug cul­ture, but the hid­den side of the city boasts so much more. This Euro­pean gem is f illed with pic­ture­per­fect photo ops – wind­ing canals, stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and a hand­ful of world­class mu­se­ums (some of which should not be missed). The true beauty of Am­s­ter­dam is the living out­door mu­seum – the streets you’ll find your­self wan­der­ing through daily as you take in this quin­tes­sen­tial Dutch city and be­come ex­posed to one of the pret­ti­est places on the planet. Hire your­self a bike for the du­ra­tion of your stay and throw your­self into the mix of one of the world’s most bike­friendly cities.

If the Am­s­ter­dam you imag­ine in­cludes the leg­endary Am­s­ter­dam f lower mar­ket, f ields of tulips in the coun­try­side and clear, sunny skies, then you’ll find it best to visit Am­s­ter­dam in April and May. This is also the be­gin­ning of a very busy tourist sea­son for the city as win­ter draws to a close, so be sure to book your trip es­sen­tials in advance.

Be­yond the hoards of tourists and tacky sou­venirs that you’ll find in any pop­u­lar Euro­pean city, there’s a more grounded as­pect to Am­s­ter­dam that will have you living like a true lo­cal. Whether you’re bou­tique hunt­ing in Jor­daan neigh­bour­hood or sip­ping a fil­tered cof­fee at a real cof­fee shop (not one of the in­fa­mous ‘cof­fee shops’), there’s more to Am­s­ter­dam the deeper you scratch be­neath the sur­face.

Brooke Saward, aka @ worldwanderlust, takes her 642K fol­low­ers all around the world.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.