ne of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world, Amsterdam boasts hundreds of tourist attractions, many of which can be found just a few streets away from any city hotel. In Amsterdam, in fact, the question tourists ask is not what they should go see, but how to see as many of its offerings in the limited time they have in the city.
The answer is simple, of course. When night falls, adventurous visitors don’t simply go back to sleep in a luxurious and comfortable city hotel in Amsterdam, they go out and explore what the city has to offer at night.
What’s on after dark?
One of the first things you’ll notice upon leaving your hotel in the evening is that the streets are nearly as busy at night as during the day. Locals and travellers alike head for the wealth of pubs, clubs, theatres, dance halls, concert halls, and “coffee houses” (establishments which can legally sell patrons cannabis), or merely walk along cobbled streets in the grachtengordel (canal belt) enjoying the softly lit bridges and canals.
Another great reason to leave your city hotel in Amsterdam at night is to attend a concert at the Concertgebouw concert hall, which, thanks to its amazing acoustics, is the second most-visited concert hall in the world. Obviously, chances are the place will be packed with viewers dying to see world-class musical performances, so be sure to call in ahead for a reservation.
If you’re after something higher-octane, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to clubs. Jimmy Woo is the city’s hottest club, and the hardest to get into. Not to worry, though, simply approach the concierge at your city hotel in Amsterdam and they’ll be happy to negotiate a place for you on the guest list. Another great club is the Paradiso, an old church that has been transformed into a music and dance venue. The club is famous for holding intimate concerts for big name artists, even the Rolling Stones have performed here.
The red light district
For the ultimate risque adventure, stroll down to the red-light district. Don’t worry, in spite of its sordid reputation, the area is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the city, with its unique architecture and unmistakable ambiance. It’s a popular destination for curious onlookers; in fact there’s even a walking tour available for those who want a deeper insight into this fascinating area. Safety is not an issue as there are always many other tourists indulging their curiosity, and a number of patrolmen guarding the safety of the people on the streets. This is one area of the city, however, where you’re not encouraged to take pictures, as the women and men in the red-lit windows may take offense.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Looking for a >city hotel in Amsterdam? Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for Worldhotels, a company offering the best rooms in a selection of unique four and five star hotels around the world.
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