Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, also known as Holland. Find out some of the things legalized here that aren’t usually in other countries.
I took a train from Cologne to Amsterdam, and the 2nd Class ticket cost €41,70. As I mentioned before, I tried to book online but I was having a problem with my card so I just bought the ticket at the station for the same price. It was a 4 hour journey with 4 transfers – Mönchengladbach HBF (Western Germany), Venlo (Southern Netherlands), Eindhoven (Southern Netherlands) and Amsterdam Centraal. Thanks to the internet on board, it made the trip bearable. There will be no checking of passports as you cross the border, as Germany and Netherlands are both EU countries.
At around 06:30 PM, I arrived at the final destination – Amsterdam Centraal station. The inside looks like a typical train station, but from the outside, you will see that the facade of the building has a Gothic/Renaissance Revival style.
Going to my hostel, I took a Line 9 tram. You can buy a ticket at the station and on the tram itself, so just ride and get your coins ready. I hadn’t finalized my itinerary at the time so I just bought the cheapest one at €2,90. Not quite the best decision. Haha Rate of the tickets below:
€2,90 – Valid of 1 hour
€7,50 – Valid for 24 hours
€12,50 – Valid for 48 hours
I met some Germans (AGAIN!) at the hostel, and we hung out after I have settled my stuff. They arrived earlier than me, so they were basically my tour guide for the day. We just walked, and it was impossible not to see the canal ring on our way to the city center.
I had no idea they were gonna bring me to the Red Light District! Prostitution is legal here in Netherlands since 2000, so yes, sexy girls, sex shops, peep shows, live shows are everywhere! I was basically in awe the whole time! Haha
And if that wasn’t enough, there are also marijuana sellers everywhere. Yes, marijuana or cannabis is also legal here. I later found out that they have to sell (and use) discreetly tho, so they do it in coffee shops. You can either buy a joint or a brownie.
You will see a lot of people that are stoned, and you will recognize the smell of marijuana anywhere you go so try not to get high yourself! Haha But I would say it’s generally safe here. After exploring this area, we also went to Dam Square, which I explored more the next day so I’ll write more about it later.
Confession: After one of the guys constantly convincing me to try out the brownie with marijuana, I finally gave in. But when we went to one of the coffee shops to buy one, they said it’s sold out! We didn’t try to go to other coffee shops tho. To make up for it, we wrapped up our day with a bottle of Heineken – a beer originally from Amsterdam!