What to do in Amsterdam? Alkmaar? Haarlem?

  • If you are staying for really short time like 1 day or two, Stay in Amsterdam
  • If You are staying longer like 3 and more days – I recommend the close cities. My Favourite is Alkmaar which is only 40 min train ride to Amsterdam – 12euros – RT.
  • The Hague is your second option to stay near Amsterdam, also accessible by the tram and have many things to do!

What to DO in Amsterdam ?

1- Red Light District
2- shopping – to be honest shopping in Amsterdam – is one of the best!! its like shoppers heaven
3- Van Gough Museum
4- Ann Frank House
5-  Rijksmuseum
6- The flower market
7- if you are a street art fan then its definitely heaven for you – not as much as berlin but its still beautiful!!
8- Vintage finds
9- Get Cycling
10- Be a local – check out random bar

What to do in ALkmaar?

1-  Go to one of the Oldest Cheese Market in the World which is in Alkmaaar, its held on Fridays April 3rd untill september 4th, from 10 am untill 12.30 pm in the city center
Check out the town center which is one of the most adorable places I’ve seen
there are many things to do in Alkmaar that could occupy your full day after the Market
2- Visit the Church Grote Sint Laurenskerk
3- Check out the Beatles Musuem
4-Check out the beer musuem – the seating outside is one of the nicest places actually, they also have very wide selection of beers all brewed in Holland – over 86 types of beers  – more info below
5- check out the windmills , hike a bit – Molen van Groot (Piet)
6- and my least and favorite- visit the best art gallery in Holland! and learn about the history of Dutch artists
7- Check out local boutiques – more details in this website for off the beaten path shops.

Fun Shops in Alkmaar and Others

8- Must have Fries from the street food or there is small shop with very long line!!! but it is super amazing.


What to do The Hague?

1- The Penthouse Restaurant – Located on the 42nd floor to get cool photo with amazing views of The Hague. I suggest sunset 🙂
2- The Hague Market – Largest Market in Europe Here fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are sold. Clothes and accessories are also sold here as well, really cool market.
3- Scheveningen – Famous The Hague Beach with lots of restaurants on the promenade and casinos and a shopping mall
4- Madurodam – Attraction park displaying a miniature Netherlands.
5- Peace Palace –
6- Mauritshuis – Tourist attraction of the parliament building located in the city center
7- Malieveld- Park for a walk or to sit down and relax or even have a picnic, maybe even Meditate 🙂

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