Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. Explore more about this lovely canal-side city, including the rich history and development of its tolerant society. It has a moderate climate with mild winters, cool summers and a fair bit of rainfall.
Hosting in excess of 300 festivals every year, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres. The range of festivals is broad, powerful and diverse, attracting both Dutch and international festivalgoers.
The activities in Amsterdam is from outdoor film extravaganzas to (multi-day) dance music parties, from kid’s festivals to art and fashion events and from culinary fêtes to chamber music in Golden Age canal-side houses.
Explore Amsterdam’s best museums (and their cafés!); See great Dutch art – at the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum; Tulip Museum
Tour the Red Light District and Experience the Cannabis Coffee shop Culture
Grab vintage shopping finds and local food at an Amsterdam market
First and most famous thing is of course – cheese! The majority of Dutch cheeses are semi-hard or hard cheeses
Hollandse nieuwe haring - The raw herring fish is typically served with chopped onions, and can be eaten with or without bread
Bitterballen - These savory orbs are battered in a crunchy breadcrumb coating and filled with a gooey mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices. They are typically served with mustard for dipping.
Kroket. The original Dutch ‘kroket’ is made from beef or veal, but there are many different flavors like chicken satay, shrimps, goulash or even a vegetarian ‘kroket’.
Stroopwafel - This sweet snack is a waffle cookie made from two thin layers of batter with sticky syrup filling in the middle.
Traditional delftware (usually in blue and white color)
Dutch food and drinks. Most of these top food and drink gifts from Amsterdam and the Netherlands won't put a huge dent in your wallet. But delicious cheese, chocolate, beer and cookies are always a hit, no matter what the price!
“I amsterdam” merchandise. There is something for everyone - from office supplies and bike accessories to t-shirts and baseball caps
Dutch Flowering Bulbs. We all know that the Netherlands is known for its gorgeous tulips and their bulbs, so it will be a really nice gift symbolizing the place!