Four days before my six months leave for Latin America, my friend Joost and I spend a day in Amsterdam. Usually I only go to Amsterdam when I need to board a plane on Schiphol Airport, although I worked in Amsterdam in for a couple of months 2007, Since I am a Dutchman from the South (and proud of the South!) I never really got the point why all tourists are mainly interested in Amsterdam when visiting the Netherlands. (Note for backpackers: coffeeshops can be found in most cities in the country!)
For sure is a beautiful city. The canals are picture-perfect and make a great area for strolling around. The Rijksmuseum is supposed to have a great collection of art. The Vondelpark is a great city-park to chill out and the famous red-light district becomes like an adult theme park at night.
When asked for advice, I would definitely recommend travellers to the Netherlands to stay in the city of Amsterdam for a (few) day(s). But please be aware that a country is more then just one city. Do like few tourists do and go off the beaten track and visit some other places in the Netherlands as well. You will be surprised about the beautiful cities and villages my country has to offer.
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Places in the Netherlands