Hello Everyone! Here at Amsterdam Calling we realize that many of you are planning your very first trip to Amsterdam Maybe having only a week or just a few days to see everything. So we thought it would be useful to share with you our top recommendations. The things you must see on your first visit. This is our Amsterdam Top 10 things to see and do. Nothing gives you a better impression of a city then taking to the streets. either on foot or by bike. Start at Dam Square, the heart of the city Here you will find the Royal Palace, the New Church and a fun assortment of street performers. From there, make your way to Rembrandtplein Or here, Leidseplein Two lively squares with plenty of cafes & restaurants. And at night they become centers for clubbing and going out. The network of canals and bridges is so picturesque it’s understandable why Amsterdam is called “The Venice of the North” Take a canal boat tour and see the city from a totally different angle. Or rent a private boat and have a picnic on the water Or just stroll along side and over them as you make your way around town. Made world famous from her diary, Anne Frank’s tragic, but heroic story comes alive as you explore the hidden areas of her house Learning more details of her life here is truely moving and inspiring. And seeing her actual diary will give you goosebumps. Tip: Lines can be extremely long so try to reserve your date and time online Especially if you want to come in the morning times when it’s now mandatory. Here you will find paintings by the famous Dutch masters including Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch”. The building, which went through a 10 year renovation is as beautiful as the art inside of it. On Museumplein or Museum Square next to Rijksmuseum the Van Gogh Museum contains many of the artist’s masterpieces along with fascinating exhibits of other artists. Seeing women for sale in red lit windows and smoking in coffee shops are experiences you can’t really get anywhere else. That’s why the Red Light District is number six on our list. Surprisingly, most parts are very pretty nestled between churches and canals. We’ve made several episodes already about the hidden secrets of the Red Light District. So check those out for tons more things to see. The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the biggest street markets in Europe. Here you can try an assortment of Dutch delicacies like herring, stroopwafels and poffertjes. The Jordaan is a hip, artsy area with unique shops, vintage clothing, retro furniture and artist studios. Here in the Nine Streets area the shopping is a bit more upscale. But you can still find one of a kind and vintage stores. Shopping or just hanging out in one of these areas is very Amsterdam. This is a favorite place with young locals when the sun shines. It’s grassy areas between lakes, ponds and fountains draws sunbathers, barbequers, bike riders and dog owners alike. With four outdoor cafes, this is the perfect spot to cool down and people watch. Amsterdam North is hip and happening. With one of the free ferries from behind Central Station cross the Ij to find the new Amsterdam Lookout Tower and the Eye Film Museum. Or take the longer ferry to the NDSM Wharf an area of converted shipping warehouses with a hippy vibe. Discover an urban beach, a crane hotel a colony of artist lofts, waterside cafes and tons of random street art. And this is only the tip of the iceberg! We already made detailed episodes of some of what we recommended here. So please check out the description box below for the links. And please don’t forget to give our video a “like” and subscribe to our channel for more of the best Amsterdam food, shopping, festivals & events I’ll see you in Amsterdam!