7 Reasons Amsterdam rocks

Mar 27, 2014 at 3:51 a.m. ET

With blossoming tulips, gorgeous canals and countless outdoor cafes, Amsterdam is one of the best places to be.

It’s only appropriate to celebrate the beginning of spring by highlighting one of my favorite cities of the season, Amsterdam. With blossoming tulips, gorgeous canals and countless outdoor cafes, Amsterdam is one of the best places to be.

Some people have the misconception that Amsterdam is all about coffee shops and the red light district, but it offers so much more. To get the full experience, I’d recommend at least five days in the city. Here are some of the reasons why I love it.

Awesome people

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People in Amsterdam are super laid-back and friendly. I'm not sure if it's the scenic canals or liberal policies, but everyone there seems to be genuinely happy. Even better, while the official language is Dutch, pretty much everyone speaks English which makes it easy to explore and communicate.


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Houseboats were originally made to deal with the housing shortage in Amsterdam, but are now a part of the city culture. Some are simple, while others more extravagant, but either way they help make the city extremely unique.

Belgian beer

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Yes you can get Belgian beer in many places, but it just tastes better in Amsterdam. Try it and see.

Artistic culture

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Amsterdam has a street art scene, and graffiti plays a big part of it. The city actually has designated areas where graffiti is allowed, and embraces street art as part of the culture.

Great museums

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Beyond street art, Amsterdam is known for its museums. Not only does the Van Gogh Museum have the largest collection of his paintings, but Friday nights it offers wine and entertainment in the lobby. Museums in Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions, and there are over 50 in the city. Other notable ones are the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum.

Bike culture

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Amsterdam is the most bike-friendly city in the world, and a majority of the population uses them to get around. They are readily available for tourists, but check out general safety tips first as biking in Amsterdam isn't necessarily a leisurely ride.


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Last, but definitely not least are the tulips of Amsterdam, and the main reason why Amsterdam is perfect for spring. From mid-March to May, tulips truly transform Holland into a rainbow of natural delight, making for a festive seasonal sight. Just 30 minutes away from Amsterdam will take you to several of the tulip growing areas, but you can also see them all year round at the world's only floating flower market in the city.