While The Netherlands is pretty liberal, where everything goes – you probably already knew you don’t need to take that too literally – if you did that, you would seriously get into trouble. Avoid it, and know it! Alright, don’t get scared, Amsterdam is not that dangerous, especially if you travel like a local, but you should be aware of some things to keep yourself safe, also you should know some hacks that makes your tourist visit to Amsterdam a lot more easier! Here are the 10 things not to do in Amsterdam!
BE A TOURIST AT THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT
a really harsh mistake could seriously get you into trouble. Don’t take photo’s, don’t film, and don’t stare at the prostitutes of the Red Light District. As it may not seem so; they are definitely well protected, and once you do one of the things I just mentioned you can count on it that you will be chased, you’ll be thrown pee at or worse; get beat up. Of course you can walk through the streets like you do through every other – just don’t be a tourist in this ones.
RENT A CAR
No need to rend a car, you can’t use it in Amsterdam anyway, or at least – Amsterdam isn’t the nicest city to drive through, unless you want to dive into a canal with your rental. If you just want to discover Amsterdam you should rent a bike. However – if you want to roadtrip through the Netherlands, you can rent a car for a day or two, but ONLY if you leave Amsterdam.
STAND IN LINE FOR THE ANNE FRANK MUSEUM
a lot of people see the line of the Anne Frank museum and immediately turn around and leave as it normally is a pretty long line. Be prepared and buy your tickets in advance and you can just walk right into the museum, without queuing for it!
WALK IN THE WAY OF CYCLISTS
haven’t you heard? Cyclist rule Amsterdam, always look out for them or you’ll get biked over. The Netherlands is a pretty bike oriented country and you should definitely be aware of that in her capital. Don’t stand in the way of cyclists for your own safety and prevent annoyance of habitants of Amsterdam.
BUY DRUGS OF THE STREET
whenever you go to Amsterdam you’ll notice a lot of warnings saying that you shouldn’t buy drugs of the street. Trust them and listen to them! There are a lot of people who ended up in the hospital (or worse) after buying drugs of the street. Amsterdam may be known for legal weed – but it is only legal in shops. Harddrugs is always illegal (and not safe) and softdrugs like weed isn’t legal when you buy or smoke them outside of the coffeeshops.
shortly said: coffeeshops are shops where you can buy softdrugs – not where you buy a coffee. Definitely a different story.
GET CRAZY DURING NIGHTTIME
I think it is safe to say that Amsterdam is a good location for parties and Amsterdam has a pretty good night life too. Don’t get fooled by the ‘liberal status’ Amsterdam has. There are criminals in the city – like there are in every city – there are people who will drug you and there are pickpockets here as well! Also, public drunkness is an offense in The Netherlands and you’ll get a penalty for it.
MISS A CANAL TOUR
when in Amsterdam you should definitely experience the canals – don’t skip them, you’ll regret it! Amsterdam has plenty of companies who offer canal tours throughout the day and throughout evenings – with dinner or without!
Unless you’re really into wax statues or when you know you have plenty of time you should skip Madame Tussaud. This is a very time robbing museum, but really.. there are more exciting things to do in Amsterdam than looking at fake celebrities. Make sure you’ve seen everything else you wanted to see first before deciding to go to Madame Tussaud.
FORGET YOUR COMMON SENSE
there is a lot of drugs in Amsterdam, and while you may not see it at first sight as you’ll have to make sure that you won’t be tricked. Avoid the girl on the streets who offers you a cookie, do pay attention to your drink when you go out and don’t go into the wrong streets – definitely not at nighttime. Also: be careful if you want to use apps like uberpop: while this is easy to use in other countries there is a lot of commotion (and anger) in The Netherlands because of the app.