We have been planning a visit to Amsterdam for a long time. “But, what … have you not been to Amsterdam yet?” Well, no. Finally, we managed to fly there – from Pyrzowice to Eindhoven. From Eindhoven Airport it is very easy to get to the center of Amsterdam by bus. The journey takes about an hour – it’s a good opportunity to sleep and have enough energy to explore the city intensively.
Above all, the urge to Amsterdam to see the famous works of Rembrandt, and of course van Gogh, but also our cycle related to travels to places associated with the East India Company. We get off the bus near the impressive Central Station, which acts as a start or finish in visiting the city. Both on foot and public transport. There are two tram “loops” here – one will go south and west of the city, the other east. Trams leave every minute.
Amsterdam is an interesting and quite young city, which experienced its greatest times in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, so during a period of increased trade thanks to more valuable than gold gains (mainly spices) from overseas colonies. And it also attracts people like us. Not his modern legend – an open, modern, loose, even laid-back city. Rather, traces of what it once was. And he was an absolute leader.
What can arouse great interest and surprise in the city? Well, at first probably “crooked tenement houses” that can make you dizzy or even afraid, which is not only due to the boggy terrain (tenement houses leaning sideways) where the city was built, and something much more mundane. The slope of the tenement houses to the front is to facilitate, firstly, the drainage of water from the roofs, and secondly the transport of furniture to the apartments (with ropes hooked to the hooks – a typical structural element located on almost every tenement house). Thanks to such a construction procedure, taking furniture into apartments is much easier, and besides, it is more difficult to damage the facade and the furniture itself, which, thanks to the building’s slope, does not hit the wall of the house. This is such a curiosity for “good morning”. Because probably the number of bikes attached everywhere and in 100 ways – this will not surprise you, right?
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The most important thing is that we personally like to walk around cities on foot. Prepare yourself a route in advance for one day, the other, the finish, start. And the use of public transport – as a last resort. E.g. to reach the hotel or end the walk and a quick return to point A. The very center of Amsterdam can really be explored on foot. And especially on the east-west diagonal (about 1-2h), which is much shorter than north-south (3-4h). A little further, however, is the hidden area, where the two most important Amsterdam museums and the Vondelpark stand. But more on that later.
Royal Palace and Dam Square
This is one of the least attractive (in our opinion) main city squares in Europe. It gives the impression of a chaotic, accidental and “by force” heart of the city. In its center there is also an unattractive white statue – the National Monument – commemorating the German occupation during World War II. The Royal Palace, carrying the figure of Atlas, which in turn carries the globe, is located on the western part of the square, and adjoins it having a medieval pedigree (the first Gothic building was digested by fire) New Church (Nieuve Kerk) – the place of coronation of Dutch kings. The castle dates from the seventeenth century, then served as the town hall until 1808. So you see … just youth.
Amsterdam and Maritime Museum
De Amsterdam is a faithful replica of a ship belonging to the East India Company, in whose footsteps we have just started the journey. The ship is usually moored in front of the Maritime Museum (Scheepvaart Muzseum), where we will learn the history of Dutch shipping, in particular the golden age (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) when Amsterdam was one of the most important and maybe even the most important city in the world, and certainly the center of European trade. Well, walking here is not worth it, it is worth taking two stops by tram. On the other hand, it is worth coming back to the Central Station on foot, hitting the futuristic Nemo science center in the shape of a ship’s hull and a stylish modern pedestrian bridge. Later, passing modern office buildings on the right, on the left by a Chinese pub located on the ship we will see a very nice (especially in the second half of the day) city panorama of Amsterdam.