Here is a list of secret experiences that the Amsterdammers keep for themselves:
1- Openbare Bibliotheek
The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Public Library Amsterdam) is not only the biggest public library in Europe, it has spectacular waterside views over Amsterdam.
2- Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder
Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is a 17th-century canal house, house church, and museum. It’s a small museum, but a hidden gem, and the clandestine church at the top of the building is well worth a look.
3- The IJhallen flea market
The entrance fee isn’t cheap (€ 4.50) but it’s packed with everything and anything you could ever imagine buying.
4- Stroll the canal ring
Amsterdam’s 400-year-old waterways have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
5- Blijburg beach
Amsterdam isn’t located next to the sea, I hear you cry. Well, no it’s not, but the Dutch have prevailed and built a beach. Actually, they built an entire island: IJburg, and throw amazing beach parties there.
6- The Albert Cuypmarkt street market
Amsterdam is the most multi-cultural city in the world and is home to at least 176 nationalities. Amsterdam’s largest street market, Albert Cuypmarkt , reflects this, selling everything from meat to fruit to flowers to sunglasses.
7- Exploring the town on a rented Bike
50% of Amsterdam’s traffic is made up of cyclists and it’s a quick, easy and cheap way to get around town. A good place to rent from is Rent-a-bike Damstraa.
Vondelpark was opened in 1865 as a respite from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam.
9- Art community at NDSM-werf
NDSM-werf (wharf) used to be known as the Nederlands Dok en Scheepsgebouw Maatschappij or the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company.
10- The medieval court
Begijnhof court, a hidden group of ancient buildings and private houses, dates back to the Middle Ages.