As wonderful as traditional galleries and museums are and as much as the city tour bus is a great way to see the sights, sometimes you want to be a little different. Amsterdam has all the traditional sights but it also caters for the wacky and non-conventional holiday-goer. It is, after all, one of the few cities where you can rent a holiday houseboat, if a holiday apartment is just too main-stream for you. Here are ten off-beam and in some cases down-right weird Amsterdam attractions:
1. A ‘pedalo treasure hunt’ is a crazy way to see the city from its waterways. You’ll learn quirky facts, have a great laugh and although you’re competing with fellow tourists, it’s all about having fun.
2. If you are adventurous and enjoy high-octane entertainment, you should try out a carver experience. Carvers are three-wheeled vehicles, stable like cars but with the excitement of high-speed leaning through the bends (just like motorbikes).
3. Amsterdam is full of museums but keep your sunglasses handy for a visit to ‘Electric Ladyland’. It’s the world’s only museum of fluorescent art – you’re sure to be amazed and leave the museum aglow.
5. Crazy about cats? De Kattenkabinet is a small but perfectly proportioned tribute to our feline friends – and probably one of the best the only one in the world.
6. Have you ever eaten great food in complete darkness? Why not put your total trust in the chef and try the dining-in-the-dark experience at ‘ctaste’ Amsterdam.
7. Earn your flirting diploma in just two hours – that’s right you can show the world that you are a world-class flirt by completing a fun filled flirting workshop in Amsterdam.
8. If you think that Michelin stared restaurants are all a little too formal and stuffy, think again. Palazzo brings you top-end dining with a high-energy show that has something for everyone. Breathtaking acrobatic acts, humour and magic are on the house!
9. A visit to the Vrolik Museum is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. If you have a ghoulish side or you are perhaps studying to become a surgeon, this museum of human body parts is nothing if not fascinating. Not one for the kids!
10. If building sand castles on the beach is not your thing, would a wind powered dash across the sands at speeds of up to nearly 60mph grab your interest? We thought it might. All you have to do is plan a one day trip away from Amsterdam and head to Ijmuiden. Blokarting is increasingly popular because it’s fun, fast and won’t pollute the beach either – if you love speed, give blokarting a go.
So if we’ve appealed to your quirky side, why not book your Amsterdam apartment or houseboat here.