Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to two don't-miss Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague. If time is tight and you'd like to travel beyond Amsterdam, this action-packed, full-day tour shows you the best of the Netherlands. Even better, you'll enjoy about a 10% discount when you buy these tours in this way.
Coffee Shops In Amsterdam
Planning to visit the notoriously famous coffee shops in Amsterdam? Here are a few things you should know…
It all started back in the 70’s, when the Dutch government decided to create a distinction between hard and soft drugs – and so the famous coffee shops were created. As you can imagine, these coffee shops meant a big boom for Amsterdam tourism! In order to buy cannabis in a coffee shop, you will have to prove that you are over 18 years old. Be aware that the hash and the marijuana (wiet in Dutch) available in the Netherlands could be much stronger from what you might be used to, so take it easy! Finally, please remember that coffee-shops are tolerant with soft drugs, but do not allow the usage of hard drugs, so don’t test their patience. In the last few years, there has been a lot of discussions about banning cannabis altogether, so if this is your main reason for visiting Amsterdam, you might want to check the current situation before booking your ticket…
Amsterdam’s best coffee shops
Probably one of the most famous coffee shops is the Bulldog, which started off as an underground smokers scene and is now an international business with its own merchandise sold worldwide. Another favorite coffee shop is the Greenhouse, in the Red Light District. With its laid back decor and wall of celebrity photos, it is a very popular place. Abraxas coffeeshop, down a narrow alleyway just south of Dam Square, is not just well known for its quality cannabis; it also sells some of the best hash brownies in the city. Remember to listen to their advice carefully, before you chew up a whole brownie – it can be quite strong! Then there’s the Dampkring, a multiple award winner. Its trippy mellow vibe made it a great location for the movie Oceans 12. And it is still a great location to visit for tourists today.
Since hallucinogenic mushrooms were banned in 2008, Amsterdam’s smart shops were left without their main product. And many closed down. Many of them replaced mushrooms with other ‘not yet illegal’ products, such as special truffles, for customers in search of a new high.
Check out our nightlife video for more tips about Amsterdam’s coffee shops. If you want tips for top 10 things to do in Amsterdam, museums or other top activities, you’re in the right place – watch our videos for information and budget tips.
Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.
Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 5 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills. And indulge in some delicious Belgian chocolates on your ride back to Amsterdam!
Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain free entry to 38 museums including the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. This pass is the perfect way for independent travelers to make the most of their time in Amsterdam and save money too!
Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens on this hassle-free tour from Amsterdam. Travel by comfortable coach through the Netherlands’ countryside filled with blooming flower fields, and then enjoy three hours walking through the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vibrant display of millions of spring tulips!