Amsterdam was never on my bucketlist but I am glad I visited it. Even though I think spring would have been a better moment to visit the city, doing it in january was pretty good too.
I spent eight days there which for me was a little too long but I don’t regret it. First thing I observed when I arrived there was how relaxed people seem, how friendly were they when I asked for directions and that almost everyone speaks english fluently.
The city is calm even though there are a lot of turists and the traffic isn’t chaotic. I was surprised by how many bikes I saw even though I knew the dutch people love to ride them. I rented a bike for a few hours and, except the fact that my hands were freezing because I didn’t have gloves, it was perfect: it is very safe to ride bicycle through the city and it is a great way to explore the neighbourhoods if you are new there. As for public transport you can choose between bus, tram, metro and train. I never used the metro and my favorite was the train because it is the fastest but mostly I used the bus. You can buy transportation cards from GVB company which allow you to travel by bus, tram or metro: for four days you have to pay 21,50 € and you can travel as much as you want.
Five random yet interesting facts about Amsterdam:
- The canals that go through the city are longer than 100 km
- Some say there are more bicycles than people who live in the city
- There are approximately 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam; some of them are occupied by residents but some are available for rent to visitors
- Amsterdam’s buildings are supported by wooden poles that sink through the mud and are fixed in a sandy layer
- Some people say Amsterdam is home to highest number of nationalities out of any city in Europe