Amsterdam: The City of Indulgence

Published on May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm by Sophie Watt

Canal in the heart of Amsterdam city

 

TRAVELLING in Amsterdam is like a rollercoaster of experiences, every moment you look up to admire the architecture is a moment you could be hit by a moped or bike. It makes a person wonder that perhaps their insane traffic is the reason the city drips in absolute decadence. Why not get high and eat a tonne load of waffles, if the next moment you walk out the door could be your last?

 
A city of contradictions, Amsterdam is perhaps the only place in the world where you can walk down an alleyway lit by red lights, prostitutes beckoning from behind their glass doors, to find a day care centre for children next-door and a church across the road. It’s like the city planners took a lunch break, went to one of the many fragrant Coffeehouses for a joint and space cake and decided that the combination of buildings would make a fine joke.

 
But this is one part of a very multi-faceted city full of cultural collisions and contradictions. A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a must. Situated a five minute walk from the I Amsterdam sign, the line to get inside runs down the street but it is well worth it to see the famed “Sunflowers” painting.

 
It’s not all waffles and sunshine though, as you can’t visit Amsterdam without taking the solemn journey through the Anne Frank House. Empty of furniture, the building tells the story of its tumultuous past and tragic occupants, extracts from Anne Frank’s diary painted on the walls as you journey up through the hidden door behind the bookcase and into the few rooms the eight hideaways lived in for two years.

 
Whether you are there for culture, some legal fun or a bit of both, Amsterdam will never get old. With the beauty of a city dissected by canals, steeped in history, a hopping nightlife and dessert shops open until two in the morning; it’s hard to get bored when there is so much to see.

 

 

Sophie Watt

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