10 Tips for your last day in Amsterdam
Your holiday in Amsterdam is almost over: you have just stored your luggage at Lockerpoint Damrak (city center, near Central Station) and you want to make the most of your last hours in the capital. Like many of our customers, you also ask us for a few good tips. We are of course happy to help you with that! Together with our staff, we have compiled this blog post with all the indispensable sights and ‘must do’ activities near our Lockerpoint location in the Beurs van Berlage.
1. Rent a bicycle and ride along the canals like a real Amsterdammer
Did you know that you can also rent bicycles at our Lockerpoint location in the Beurs van Berlage? For a few euros, you can rent a city bike with good locks with which you can explore the Amsterdam canals. You are also within a few minutes cycling of other districts (for example, the Jordaan, the Pijp or Amsterdam East). It’s immediately obvious that this is the best way to get around Amsterdam: this is a real must-do! (website)
2. Cruise the Amsterdam canals
A cruise along the canals of Amsterdam should not be missed from your visit to the city. If you haven’t done this yet, then this is really essential! A round trip costs about 10-16 euros – varies per shipping company – and takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Our tip: in addition to the regular tour boats (departing 100 metres from Lockerpoint), there are also more and more new boating companies in Amsterdam offering round trips in, for example, a luxury saloon boat or an open boat.
3. Drink gin
Amsterdammers love good things. For example, in Wynand Fockink near the Dam (one of the oldest gin distilleries) you can sample a real Amsterdam ‘young’ or ‘old’ gin, which you must drink in one gulp. Amsterdammers usually drink gin in combination with a beer and call it a “kopstootje” or head butt. (website)
4. Eat a herring
You can’t get this in Amsterdam but at Stubbe Haring on the Haarlemmerdijk you can eat the best herring in the city and of course you must do this in the Amsterdam way: you grab it by the tail, dip it in onion and vinegar, hold it in the air and slide it into your mouth. Enjoy your meal!
5. Heineken Experience
When you say Amsterdam, you say Heineken! Visit the former Heineken brewery, which now serves as a visitor experience. The Heineken Brewery Tour is an exciting and futuristic experience available in different languages, including English, French, Dutch, Russian, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Proost! (Cheers)! (website)
6. Sex Museum
Near Lockerpoint on the Damrak you will also find the Sex Museum. The ‘Temple of Venus’, as it is also called, is virtually the oldest sex museum in the world. On the various floors of the building you walk along a unique collection of erotic sculptures, paintings, objects, photographs and attractions. (website)
7. A’Dam Tower
In the former Shell office you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. A’Dam Tower stands for ‘Amsterdam Dance and Music Tower’ and is sometimes known as the Eiffel Tower of Amsterdam. In the building you can find several trendy restaurants. Sip your cocktail and enjoy! Are you craving more excitement and jitters in your stomach? Then take a seat on the swing ride on the roof that swings right over the edge … we’re not kidding! (website)
8. This is Holland
Near the A’dam Tower you can also find ‘This is Holland’. For this ‘first flight experience of the Netherlands’ no VR glasses or reading glasses are needed, because a gigantic spherical cinema screen that runs under and above hangs in the large hall, so you’re really in the middle of it! Fasten your seat belts and fly! If you’re afraid of heights, step away! At this new attraction you fly over the Netherlands and you end up in Amsterdam, exactly where you got in. A unique experience that you must do!
The oldest flea market in the Netherlands is in Amsterdam and can be found at the Waterlooplein. Established 133 years ago, open 6 days a week and with around 300 stalls, this is one of the nicest and cosiest places in the centre of Amsterdam. You can stroll around the stalls here, browse around or find a nice bargain. From vintage trousers, to second-hand books, to bicycles and the latest fashion at low prices. At the various food stalls in the square you can try delicious Italian, Lebanese or Greek snacks alongside the chips. (website)
10. De 9 straatjes.
Like shopping? Visit the 9 streets in the Jordaan! These 9 streets consist of Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and de Wijde Heisteeg. In these streets you will find nice coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, unique brand stores and many trendy shops. Very popular!(website)