Amsterdam is certainly one of the most colourful and vibrant cities in Europe and even though it does have somewhat of a seedy reputation it is actually a fantastic place to visit on a European river cruise.
Many Rhine river cruises for example will start from Amsterdam and finish in Basel and are generally 7 to 10 nights in duration. Some cruise lines including Viking offer a 2 night pre or post cruise stay in one of the cities hotels which would include some tours.
So what is Amsterdam famous for apart from the obvious side of the city? Canals. The tree lined myriad systems of canals that flow through the city are a particular aesthetic of the tourist hub that drives many visitors to it every year and they were added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
As an excursion point on a Europe focused river cruise then there are not many other cities that are as rich in culture and history as Amsterdam.
Art buffs will have a fantastic time on in Amsterdam considering the multitude of art sights in the city. From the Van Gogh Museum which has the largest collection of the famous artists’ work in the world to the small but significant Hermitage which displays travelling art work usually from its parent museum in Russia. Amsterdam is a city that is steeped in history as well and the legendary Anne Frank museum is another attraction that should on your list for any cruise that departs, finishes or stops off from the Dutch city.
Many Attractions in Amsterdam can be covered on foot
The size of the capital also attracts many people. Sometimes visiting a city on a cruise holiday can be a bit overwhelming especially if it is as big as Paris for example however Amsterdam can be covered more or less on foot in terms of visiting the main tourist attractions.
Saying that, the city is expanding and increasing in size and anyone who has even a slight interest in history and architecture will be able to appreciate the historic and modern styles that are on display.
The port terminal is very close to the city centre and particularly the Old City. As you can easily navigate around the cafe laden streets and boulevards by walking then it is a great place to visit for a non-strenuous excursion although taking in the area by bicycle is also a very popular past time.
A cruise including Amsterdam is great for being able to take in such a diverse, colourful but historically significant city such as the Dutch capital and considering its location in regards to the rest of Europe then it is a great place to spend a few days either on its own or part of a Europe river cruise.