Many people dream of traveling the world. Others have a few places they want to visit, but no other major travel ambitions.
Either way, Amsterdam is a tourist haven, with roughly 5 million visitors per year. Unfortunately, the legalized prostitution and the marijuana-friendly coffee houses have given the city a less-than-savory reputation.
However, if you’re not the type to engage in such activities, that shouldn’t deter you. There are a whole host of other activities to do in Amsterdam.
We’ll talk about just a few of them in the paragraphs below.
Known as the Woonbootmuseum in Dutch, this attraction is a single houseboat that the owners have given people permission to explore. This way, visitors can learn how a houseboat works and what it’s like to live in one.
Amsterdam is known for its houseboats, boasting over 3,000 vessels throughout the city. It should be noted that these boats are all connected to the city’s various utilities, so many of them don’t get away from the city, at least not very often.
One of the big reasons for the high number of houseboats is the geographic makeup of the Netherlands. Nearly 30% of the Netherlands is below sea level, and the Dutch have spent a good portion of their history keeping their lands from flooding.
With this in mind, it makes sense to live in a boat, just in case.
A bit of history is necessary for this next attraction. Back in the 1600s, the Netherlands, and in fact all of Europe, was experiencing religious turmoil.
It had all started with the Reformation and the rise of Protestantism the previous century. Also during the previous century, the Dutch had declared independence from Spain, which was Catholic.
With Dutch independence and various religious wars going on throughout Europe, it may come as no surprise that Catholics were not well-regarded in the Netherlands at the time.
This is why, during the 1660s, a Dutch citizen created a Catholic church hidden in the attic of his house. It has been a functional Catholic church ever since. The locals call it ‘Ons’ Lieve Heer of Solder‘– Our Lord in the Attic.
If you want to know more about this and other various attractions in Amsterdam, it might be best to arrange a guided tour. This site will help you do that.
Next on our list of fun things to do in Amsterdam is the Tuschinski Theater.
This iconic theater first opened its doors in the 1920s, when the age of plays was starting to wain and the world was first being introduced to cinema. As a testament to this, the theater has both an area for stage plays and one with a giant screen for movies.
The theater also offers audio tours for those who want to learn more about the building and its fantastic history.
The Tuschinski Theater is also considered an incredible piece of architecture. This is because it seems to effortlessly combine so many different styles that were popular back in the 1920s.
For this reason and more, this theater is definitely worth a visit.
There are so many fun things to do in Amsterdam, and many of them happen to be family-friendly. Better still is that we couldn’t cover nearly all of them here, so we encourage you to keep looking if you want to know more.
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