Five Ways To See Amsterdam (or Any Other City) Like a Local

Wanna see Amsterdam like a local? Toss your guidebooks, let the city lead you, and follow these tips for a more authentic, less touristy experience.

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The largest five-star hotel in Holland has presided over Dam Square since 1866 The five-star Grand Krasnapolsky has presided over Dam Square since 1866.

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Millions visit Amsterdam each year, testifying to the popularity of the Dutch capital as a destination city. Many come armed with a bucket list, often topped by Anne Frank’s House and the Van Gogh Museum. While there’s no denying the merit of visiting these and other renowned landmarks, there’s more to Amsterdam—and many other destinations—than Lonely Planet and Fodor’s must-sees.

To experience Amsterdam (or any other city) like a local, set your guidebooks aside and venture to venues not typically visited by non-residents. Here’s how:

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  1. I have visited Amsterdam once previously as a tourist, and realise that I didn’t really experience Amsterdam as a traveller really should. Armed with some of the insights gained from Melissa’s blog, I can’t wait to explore Amsterdam next week!


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