I love Amsterdam, a pulsating city. Try the delicious Gouda cheese. Don't miss to visit the tulip fields and the souvenir shops.
Holland Traditional Costume
Flight From Zürich International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
On a calm early thursday morning, we departed from Bern to Zurich International Airport Terminal B by train. Our tour guide from the tour agency welcomed us in our meeting point. We did our baggage check-in followed by passport and scan control. Zürich has nice shops in the departure area, so we spent free tax shopping as we waited for our boarding time.
Our departure time was 8:30 a.m. with Air Holland. On board the friendly the flight attendants served tasty snacks and drinks.
The 1 hour and 45 minutes flight was very comfortable and we arrived in Amsterdam at 10:45 a.m..
After completing the immigration formalities, we transfered to our ship hotel with a bus trip and check-in in our cozy cabin room.
We started our Holland Tour Adventure in Amsterdam.
Ship Hotel in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the bustling metropolis of Holland, with its 1000 bridges and the world famous canal district, is always worth a visit, but especially in spring, at the time of the tulips bloom.
The special atmosphere of this city, famous museums, friendly people, markets, elegant shops, the throng of boats and barges on the canals and many other things make this trip an unforgettable experience.
More About Amsterdam
Amsterdam is derived from Amstelredamme, a dam in the river - Amstel.
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of Netherlands, with an urban population of 767,457 and metropolitan population of 2,158,592. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstadt, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of approximately 8.1 million.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of Netherlands. The oldest stock exchange in the world is the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, located in the city center.
Amsterdam`s attractions are: historic canals, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, red-light district, cannabis coffee shops.
Annual Amsterdam international visitors are more than 3.66 million.
Places To Visit in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Canal Ring
Het Scheepvaart Museum - The National Maritime Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam Brown Café
Anne Frank House
Civiv Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij)
Exhibition and Shows
Amsterdam's Tourist Atractions
The Red City
If you are curious about what is in the Red City then you have to visit the place.
The Red Light District
De Wallen, also known as Walletjes or Rosse Buurt, is a legalized prostitution area, the largest and most well known red-light district in Amsterdam. One could see hundreds of sex workers in an illuminated red light window or glas door displaying themselves, who offer their services behind the windows a part of a room or one-room appartment they rented. Here are also sex shops, sex museum and live shows of different clubs. This district has become a famous tourist attraction.
The red-light district was included in our tour together with a Japanese group. We entered ln a club and we were surprised as we saw the live show one you can't imagine. All the Japanese women, i and my friend covered our eyes so not to see what was happening but still we have seen some part of the show. We were disgusted and went out of the club. This was part of our unforgetable experience in Amsterdam.
If you are curious, just roam around and see the shops. It is not advisable for conservative tourist.
The Red City of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Travel Guide 2022
Flower Fields and Keukenhof
We went for a colourful tour that leads to the coastal region behind the dunes between Haarlem to Leiden, where the flowerfields extend in all their glory for miles and miles, like a magic carpet of daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips, all blaze with the richest and most delightfull colourings.
Keukenhof, a 70 acre estate, where millions of flowers are on show against background of fresh green follage on stately trees. Also visited Frans Roozen`s Tulipshow, a bulb exporters garden.
Gouda Cheese Production, The Villages of Edam, Volendam,Windmills, Marken, Wooden Shoe Factory, Ceramic Factory., Madurodam
Other Places To Visit in Holland
Canals of Amsterdam
West Frisian Islands
Delft City Hall
Dinner in an Indisches Gourmet Restaurant - Departure the Following Day
Netherlands Travel Guide 2022
© 2011 Carolina
Carolina (author) from Switzerland on August 06, 2011:
Thaks for your comment remeshsv. Yes Holland is a unique beautiful place.
remeshsv from india on August 06, 2011:
Its a beautiful place :)
Carolina (author) from Switzerland on April 20, 2011:
Thanks Thelma. I love Holland and Amsterdam, i adore the flower fields, cheese gouda, ceramics, culture etc. It is nice to take a boat ride in Amsterdam known to be Venice of the North.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 19, 2011:
Hi Carol. Very interesting hub. I know what you are writing about for I often visit my sister in Holland which is only 20 minutes from Amsterdam. Like you, I was disgusted by what I have seen in the red light district. But then that´s the only negative thing I can say about Holland. The country is beautiful in it´s own way. Regards...