An obvious aspect of Amsterdam we wanted to explore was beer. If you walk through Amsterdam’s city centre for more than a minute you are bound to see a bar with a Heineken sign sticking out of it. So we decided to visit the Heineken brewery.
The place was obviously not a real brewery. It was more designed so that tourists could see, feel and taste each stage of the brewing process and their resulting states.
The night-life in Amsterdam is definitely worth experiencing. A huge array of pubs, bars and clubs can be found, just as in any city. Just like in any country with a smoking ban, the smoking rooms have become the hub of social interaction – anyone who sits in one for more than 5 minutes is sure to strike up a conversation with someone new.
My first holiday abroad was your typical holiday. 5 young men going to Amsterdam to get high and party. It was a friend’s kind-of birthday party back in 2009, and was my first time leaving the country*.
In the Capital of the Netherlands, with the oldest stock exchange in the world, historic canals, plentiful museums, the Anne Frank house and more bicycles than I’d ever seen in my life, we made the obvious choice.