There’s more to Amsterdam than canals and the Van Gogh museum. While you don’t want to miss those two, don’t let your trip stop there. We’ve compiled a list of five of the best lesser-known Amsterdam attractions to help you see all this beautiful city has to offer. Enjoy your trip off the beaten path!
Amsterdam Public Library
Not just for bookworms anymore, this library boasts incredible architecture and a wide range of entertainment options. Designed by Dutch architect Jo Coenen, the library is a home to nearly 2 million books and 165,000 members. After you’ve perused the literary selection, attend a musical or theatrical performance in one of the library’s two theaters, or head to the top floor for snacks and an incredible view of the city.
With a namesake the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s third studio album, Electric Ladyland is the world’s first museum of fluorescent art. Take a guided tour, which includes psychedelic sculpture work and demonstrations of collections of Fluorescent Minerals, or rocks that burst into dazzling colors when viewed under different wavelengths of light. The whole experience is set to the sounds of the Beatles and, of course, Mr. Hendrix.
Friday Night Skate
Friday Night Skate is a weekly, free-to-join roller skating procession that gives you a one-of-a-kind tour of Amsterdam on wheels. Join the party outside the former Filmmuseum in the Vondelpark, where groups leave at 20:15 (8:15 PM) on Fridays all year round. The route changes every week, but you’re sure to see some of the city’s best sights from a truly unique vantage point. Look out for themed skates at certain holidays, including a Halloween “Fright Night Skate”!
De Gooyer Windmill
Although the Netherlands is famous for windmills, Amsterdam proper has only a few within the city limits. De Gooyer, which is registered as a national monument, is the tallest wooden mill in the Netherlands and the perfect place to get your windmill fix. It dates from 1609, making it both a fantastic modern-day destination and a historical tribute to traditional Dutch architecture.
Stand-Up Paddling on the Canals
Stand-up paddling, a recent fitness phenomenon in the United States, has made its way to Amsterdam: explore the canals by standing on a surfboard and paddling with an oar to navigate. Not only is stand-up paddling a fantastic way to get a unique tour of the city, it’s a tough full-body workout that can help work off any vacation breakfast. Rent a board at one of many locations around the city and begin to make your way through the miles of canals for a once-in-a-lifetime touring experience.
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