Sites to See: Amsterdam

March 27,2018 | Curiosity

Disappointed that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day and predicted six more weeks of winter? Now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to get a taste of spring, and Amsterdam is a great place to consider! Here are a few reasons you may want to put this historic city on your list of ‘sites to see’ sooner rather than later.


Amsterdam, often referred to as the “Venice of the North” due to its artistic culture and numerous canals running throughout the city, boasts beautiful city scenery and a romantic atmosphere. A European river tour, like those offered by Collette, is the perfect way to not only get a taste of Amsterdam’s city culture and see its famous sights, such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House, but also presents an easy escape into nature with a visit to the Keukenhof garden, just southwest of the city.


Every spring, the Keukenhof garden blooms beautiful tulips that showcase vibrant shades of reds, pinks, purples, oranges and yellows. 2018 marks the 69th celebration of the tulips’ blooming in what has become one of the largest flower gardens in the world – with upwards of 7 million bulbs planted annually on nearly 19 acres. This year’s tulip display just started, lasting from March 22 to May 13, and it’s expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.


If you’re interested in exploring Amsterdam’s famous garden but want to extend your trip to hit multiple destinations, check out Grand European Travel’s “Tulips and Windmills River Cruise.” This romantic trip not only allows you to explore Amsterdam and the Keukenhof, but also gives you the opportunity to experience the best of all The Netherlands and Belgium.


No matter what trip suits your fancy, don’t miss an opportunity to take advantage of your AARP membership discounts when traveling to Amsterdam and beyond!



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