Amsterdam is surely one of the most exciting and happening cities that holds the first position on the bucket list of almost every avid traveler. In fact, apart from exploring the cliché places in the city, there are many secret places in Amsterdam, which will make your trip even more memorable and exciting. So expand your horizon and explore these places when you tour Amsterdam.
De Hollandse Manege
This is the oldest riding school in the Netherlands, which was opened in the year 1744. This Dutch riding school is a best-kept secret as it is a bit hidden from the main sight. There are only a few travelers who spot this riding school, which is hidden behind 19th C Townhouse close to the Vondelpark. Regardless of that, this century-old riding school as well as the Living Horse Museum is still active.
As the name Living Horse Museum indicates, you can see infinite breeds of horses here and the best part is that you can ride on some as well. This is the best place for all the kids and horse lovers out there. On top of that, a cup of coffee or a small meal and a short film here would complete the experience.
The Nine Streets
The Nine Streets or the Negen Straatjes is also referred as the “Soho” of Amsterdam. It is the charming and picturesque neighborhood that comprises of 9 streets within the western quarter of Amsterdam’s canal belt. These 9 streets are paradise for all the pedestrians as they showcase an astounding overview of the building styles from Amsterdam golden century.
Furthermore, these photogenic lanes are crammed with high-end boutiques, bars and cozy cafes, chic restaurants, vintage shops, etc. Other major attractions here include travel bookstores, antique watch stores, a Buddhist art gallery, a floating flower market, and the National Spectacles Museum. On top of that, the nine streets are just two minutes walk from the royal pace at the Dam square or you can just step down here on your way to Anne Frank museum or Rijksmuseum.
The Houseboat Museum or the Woonboot Museum houses different types of houseboats. Here, you can experience what it is to be on board of a real houseboat. Besides, the boats are available in different sizes and you can choose them according to your need and budget. The basic amenities in the boat include an authentic skipper’s quarters with sleeping bunk, living room, bathroom, and kitchen.
Living in such a beautiful houseboat and enjoying the charismatic beauty of Amsterdam canals will be surely an out of the world experience for you. Furthermore, the entry price to the museum is around 4 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for kids. Note that you are allowed enter here free of cost if you have an IAmsterdam card.