When people think of Amsterdam they usually jump to the conclusion that it is male orientated when really it couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, Amsterdam may have a red-light district but as the name suggests it is just a district and not the city as a whole. Females should not be perturbed with going to Amsterdam as those who don’t go really are missing out. There are numerous places that females will enjoy.
Let us start with the De Wallen (red-light district), which in itself is a place of cultural importance. The area dates back to the 18th Century and while you may not agree with the principle, general curiosity does take over. With sex museums, shows and other new experiences you should not bet against enjoying yourself. Whilst at night it is an absorbing mix of red neon and revellers, all of whom are caught up in Amsterdam fever.
For a city of culture they don’t come more cultural than Amsterdam. There was an artist long-time back who went by the name of Vincent van Gogh, his paintings nowadays change hands for upwards of £100million. Located in Museum Square is the Van Gogh Museum which as the name may suggest has an extensive amount, the largest in the world in fact, of Van Gogh artwork.
Not far from the Van Gogh Museum you have the Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to all things Dutch. This glorious museum hangs masterpieces from Rembrant, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. The eclectic mix of new and old really is extraordinary. The museums are three minutes (walking) apart and the combined worth of the artwork inside is probably equal that off a small country’s GDP. How is that for culture?
People go to the Dam for the coffee shops which are an enjoyable experience. Even if you are not an ardent smoker you can still enjoy them. Most places sell hash cakes for those who do not want to smoke any tobacco whilst they also offer pre-rolled joints which are very handy if you cannot skin up. It is a bigoted view to look at coffee shops as a male thing; they are unisex and extremely enjoyable for both genders.
Getting a MacBike is the only way to do the city justice. With an extensive bicycle lane network it is easier traversing the city on bike than car, it’s probably safer as well. The thing with Amsterdam is, there is something for everyone, most of which isn’t listed in the tourist guides. For a sense of adventure hire a bike and tootle around. There are numerous parks to chill out in and the natives are the nicest people you could ever wish to encounter and will always make time to answer your questions.
Amsterdam certainly has a female touch, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It may seem seedy and sordid but in reality it is one of Europe’s cultural hubs.