SHOCKING, I know. Sure, it’s what Amsterdam is known for. But it’s not for everybody. If you’re not the wake and bake type of person, there are plenty of other activities in this city that you can start/fill your day with!
Amsterdam Cheese Museum – (FREE!) – it’s a cheese shop upstairs and a mini museum downstairs. You’ll also get the chance to dress up in traditional Dutch cheesemonger clothing and have all the photo ops you want. The shop/museum is located a few blocks from the Anne Frank Museum so you can make an afternoon of both activities.
Royal Palace – (€10) – built in the 17th century, the palace was originally used as a city hall. Today, it’s used for Royal events. I didn’t get a chance to explore the inside but even if you just walk around outside, it’s an interesting sight to see. And chances are, you’ll pass by it a few times since it’s located right in the center of Dam Square.
Begijnhof – (FREE!) – simply put, it’s a bunch of old houses. They were built during the Middle Ages. It’s located by the Singel so it would be good to combine this with the Bloemenmarkt.
NEMO Science Center – (€15) – it’s the fifth most visited museum in the Netherlands. It’s a cool place for kids (or the kid at heart) to visit. I’m not quite sure what NEMO stands for but it has nothing to do with the fish. It’s located in Oosterdok, which is a little further out from the city center. But it is near the Central Station, so you shouldn’t have any problem with getting there via public transportation.
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam – (FREE!) – I know what you’re thinking. What kind of a nerd goes to a library during vacation? But it’s actually pretty impressive. The Central Library is one of Europe’s largest libraries at 28,000 square metres spread over 10 levels. Located near NEMO, you can definitely kill two birds with one stone when visiting this neighborhood.
Canal Cruise – (€10) – prices will vary but you can hop on an hour-long cruise for just 10 euros. It’s super touristy but I hate to break it to you…you’re a tourist. It’s a nice way to see the city without having to walk everywhere.