8 Must-Do Things in Amsterdam That Aren’t the Red Light District

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Here’s what I knew about Amsterdam before going there: Lots of canals, legalized marijuana, and the famed Red Light District. So when my husband suggested we go there last fall, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found, was a tremendous amount of history, natural beauty, incredible food, and a city that has so much more to offer than its reputation as a country that has legalized prostitution.

We did, of course, check out the Red Light District but there were many other absolutely incredible things to eat, see, and do in Amsterdam. To get you started, here is a list to get you started on the 8 things that you absolutely MUST do if you are traveling to this city. From beautiful art museums to delicious Indonesian food spots — you can spend a week here and never get bored. Trust me, I did!

1. Get an I amsterdam city card to take advantage of great deals. 

My husband and I both got I amsterdam city cards, which allowed us to take serious advantage of everything that the city has to offer. As a tourist, it’s one of the best ways to get your bang for your buck, since the card includes everything from free entrance to over 50 museums, free unlimited public transportation, a free canal cruise, and discounts to restaurants and other sights in the Amsterdam region. We got the 72 hour cards and, honestly, probably should have splurged for more time since there is SO. MUCH. TO. SEE.

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