The worst tourist traps in Amsterdam — and where to go instead
Amsterdam is full of tourist visiting places locals won’t even bother to come. Being one of these locals, I feel it’s my duty to tell you about the worst tourist traps in Amsterdam and (more importantly!) where to go instead…
Tourist trap 1: Leidse Square
A lot of tourists visit Amsterdam for a good night out. Most of them, however, end up at the worst party place of all: Leidse Square. This place is trashy, cheap (no, not the drinks) and there’s always trouble. Instead go to other areas of the city such as de Pijp, Beukenplein or check DJ guide to see if there are any of our awesome festivals going on!
Tourist trap 2: Heineken Experience
No offence, Heineken – but the Heineken Experience is one of the major tourist traps in Amsterdam. The tour through the brewery used to be fun before it got discovered by literally the whole world. Now, you get to see more people than beer (no joke). If you really want to learn more about Dutch beers visit one of the small breweries. Especially in Amsterdam we love Brewery ‘t IJ. The brewery is located next to an old wooden windmill! That’s more of a Dutch experience!
Tourist Trap 3: Hop on-Hop off bus
You see them everywhere, the red Hop on-Hop off busses. In some cities a great way to explore, but not in Amsterdam. Traffic in the city center is horrible so driving around in a massive touring car isn’t a fun activity. You will be stuck in traffic and not see much of the city. Also, Amsterdam is small! There is no need to go around in a hop on- hop off bus if you can cycle, walk or even take a hop on-hop off boat over the canals! It’s much more fun to experience the city from the water or on a bike!
Tourist trap 4: Hostels
There are a lot of really bad hostels in Amsterdam. To be honest, most of them are in the city center. I personally always like either the smaller hostels – run by a family or people that truly care about their business – or the larger hostels that are part of a chain, where the hostel aims to keep high standards. In Amsterdam and the rest of Europe I can recommend Europe Famous Hostels. They have the best locations and there’s always such a nice vibe to their hostels. In Amsterdam their hostel is next to the Vondelpark (we love that park). Have a look at their website and let me know what you think!