Most people think Amsterdam is only good for smoking cannabis legally and heading to the red light district. But what if you don’t like smoking weed or hiring prostitutes?

I like neither of these things and had a fabulous time in Amsterdam. There is so much character and beauty in this charming city. Here’s how to spend the perfect weekend in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank Museum:-

The house where the Jewish girl hid during the Second World War. It’s amazing and a must see. It is recommended to book tickets at least a month in advance as it is very popular!

Boat tour:-


This is a must do. The boat trips are reasonably priced, take around 1.5 hours and you see and appreciate so much more of the place drifting through the canals.

Walk around:-


You must spend at least half a day wandering the streets. You will be amazed by how much exciting and great stuff there is to be seen!

Sex museum:-

It is cheap to get in, around 3 euros, and very eye opening! It is mostly photographs of sex from different eras – good fun!

Bar hopping:-

The nightlife is fantastic! Loads of beautiful bars and wine is really reasonable at around 3 euros a glass. There are loads of sports bars and live music venues – something for everyone.

Eat a pancake:-

You don’t have to have a smoke and a pancake, you can just get a pancake! Amsterdam knows exactly how to do them.

Spot graffiti:-


Personally, I think graffiti is art. If you look closely around the back streets of Amsterdam, you might just find many pieces like this, taken during the canal boat tour.

Hire a bike:-


This is the cliche obvious! It’s either hire a bike or spend the whole trip trying not to get run over by one!

Buy lots of cheese:-

Dutch cheese is by far the best in the world. Go to a cheese shop and purchase some of the round goats cheese in various flavours. You will pay over 10 euros each but I’m considering buying a flight just to get some more, it’s definitely worth it!

There is so much more to do as well, it’s not all partying, sex and drugs! If you like that stuff then that’s great, but there is so much more to offer in this quaint and quirky world.

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9 thoughts on “9 ways to spend the perfect ‘cannabis free’ weekend in Amsterdam

  1. I only spent three days there last month and that was not long enough. I also suggest the Van Gogh Museum and the Biblioteek (library near the railroad station). You can get a nice view of the city from the 6th floor and the cafe is WONDERFUL! That’s a library I could hang out in every single day.

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  2. Great post! Almost anything I read on Amsterdam is about enjoying the Red Light District or smoking weed. Since I wasn’t interested in hiring a prostitute or smoking, it was a bit difficult to get any advice on what to do. Wish I had seen this sooner!

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