Live and let live – Amsterdam

The city has tons of character, charm, and history. The culture is all about live and let live. It’s a city where open-mindedness and free-thinking are heartily encouraged. The language spoken is Dutch, not to be confused with Deutsch (German). The city has a goal to be the number one most bike-friendly city in the world by 2025.

Amsterdam, an ideal place for the first-time traveler since English, is spoken nearly everywhere. Getting around town is very easy by public transport; the metro, tram or train. No matter what season of the year there are always things going on around town.

Historical buildings are cherished, rather than torn down. Amsterdam is well known for its variety of museums in their authentic form.  LingoHut goes on a 3-day field trip to museums.

Which museums did we visit? We made 11 of the 46 museums available on the discount card we purchased.  I must share with you this is a great bang for your buck card it is called the “I Amsterdam City Card.” Not only do you get into all the museums, you also get free unlimited use of GVB public transportation getting you from one place to the next and let’s not forget the canal ride. I loved the canal ride it is very historically informative. We even took advantage of the free croquette and free gin and tonic.  It was a packed three days.  Well worth its value.

This card offers much more than we did, so if you are curious check it out.  It is the “I Amsterdam City Card.”

Tropenmuseum is an ethnographic museum one of the largest museums in Amsterdam founded in 1864. The museum accommodates eight permanent exhibitions and an ongoing series of temporary exhibitions, including modern and traditional visual arts and photographic works.

Artis short for Natura Artis Magistra is a zoo in the center of Amsterdam.  It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. Artis Royal Zoo is not just a zoo; it also contains an aquarium and a planetarium.

Micropia is a museum in Amsterdam based on the idea of distributing information about microbes, which are often associated with illness and disease despite their essential function in the daily functioning of human life.

The Dutch Resistance Museum chosen as the best historical museum of the Netherlands, tells the story of the Dutch people in World War II.

Museum of Bags and Purses Every bag has its own story. It tells us something about the fashion, art, skills, and customs of a particular period. Uncover the rich history of this everyday item at the Museum of Bags and Purses. In a magnificent 17th-century canal house, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, you will unlock the history of the bag from the Middle Ages to the present day. A place you will find so many special and exciting bags under one roof.

Museum Van Loon In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht the house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon can still be seen. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Seven days a week the family opens their home and collection to the public.

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum A museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, dedicated to smoking pipes, tobacco, and related paraphernalia. It holds the national reference collection in these areas.

Evening Canal Cruise See the lively capital of the Netherlands like never before as you explore the historic canal district with a spectacular Amsterdam evening canal cruise! You can take this cruise during the day also.

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam A botanical garden in the Plantage district of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. One of the oldest in the world.

The Rembrandt House Museum Painter Rembrandt lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656.

Oude Kerk an 800-year-old beauty. Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213. The Old Church has been a museum since 2016, an active place of worship on Sundays.

Our Lord in the Attic is the Catholic Church built on the top three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. It is an important example of a “schuilkerk”, or clandestine church in which Catholics and other religious dissenters from the seventeenth century Dutch Reformed Church, unable to worship in public, held services. The church has been open as a museum since 28 April 1888.

Here are just some other attractions covered by the I Amsterdam City Card:   Van Gogh Museum ~ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ~ Amsterdam Museum ~ Hermitage Amsterdam ~ Foam Photography Museum ~ EYE Filmmuseum ~ Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age ~ De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam ~ Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The National Maritime Museum) ~ Amsterdam Diamond Museum ~ Jewish Cultural Quarter ~ NEMO Science Museum  ~ Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot ~ Museum Het Schip ~ Allard Pierson Museum ~ Bijzondere Collecties UvA ~ Cobra Museum of Modern Art ~ Museum Van Loon ~ Museum Willet-Holthuysen ~ Bijbelsmuseum ~ Huis Marseille Photography Museum ~ Amsterdam ArenA – Ajax Stadium Tours ~ Amsterdam Tulip Museum ~ Houseboat museum… and many, many more!

So, pack your bags, book your hotel and immerse yourself in the culture here in Amsterdam.

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