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