If you’re planning a Rhine River cruise for your next big travel adventure, consider arriving in Amsterdam a few days early to take in the sights and experiences in this unique, friendly, and deeply mellow city.
Whether you’re a museum junkie or you’d just like to fill your belly with fresh poffertjes, a traditional Dutch pastry, Amsterdam offers a little something for everyone.
You could spend a day simply walking the pedestrian friendly city of Amsterdam and gorge on enough visual delights to last you a lifetime. The Amsterdam Flower Market has been offering up vibrant colors and fresh aromas since 1862, and it’s the only flower market in the world that displays its goods on floating barges. Wander the market to sample the sights, or buy a fresh bouquet home to brighten your Viking River cruise cabin.
If you’re keen to get your “sea legs” before the river cruise, a night on a houseboat allows you to experience Amsterdam the way many of the locals do–floating serenely in your own private quarters. Many houseboats are available for nightly or weekly rentals, and are accommodating enough to share with several friends or family members for an unforgettable night’s sleep.
But boats aren’t the only way to experience this interesting town; the city’s traffic lanes are designed to allow easy and safe access for bicycles, and there’s nothing better than joining the locals for a pedal through Amsterdam’s lush 120 acre Vondelpark.
If you’re looking to feast your eyes on as many interesting places as possible, Amsterdam will not disappoint.
Amsterdam offers many dishes to fuel your adventures, including those tasty little poffertjes–the Dutch equivalent of silver dollar pancakes covered in butter and powdered sugar.
For a more savory bite, wander up to one of the many casual snack bars and get a cup of patatje oorlog, a decadent snack similar to poutine that features French fries smothered in a gravy-like sauce with onions and mayonnaise.
Or opt for something a bit lighter and perfect for on the go snacking, Amsterdam’s supersized stroopwafels–just follow your nose to find the nearest vendor of these warm, hand sized street waffles.
Now it’s time to decide where your day will take you! Will you follow your stomach, your eyes or your heart…perhaps all three in one.