Amsterdam is a thriving metropolitan area, and no visit to Europe would be complete without visiting this jewel of a city. As a tourist, Amsterdam offers you culture, unique cuisine, and incredible beauty. If you're planning to visit Amsterdam in the near future, don't miss out on these activities:

Rent a Bicycle

It may be hard to find a city that loves bicycles more than Amsterdam. As a visitor, renting a car isn't a great idea-- just rent a bike to explore the city and see all that Amsterdam has to offer. It is estimated that there are more than 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam, and 63% of residents ride their bike on a daily basis. It is quite easy for tourists to rent bicycles for the day or the week, and if you know how to ride a bike, you will feel very comfortable riding around this extremely bicycle-friendly city. 

Take a Canal Cruise

Amsterdam is sometimes called the Venice of northern Europe due to the numerous canals that are found across the city. A canal cruise is a must-do in Amsterdam if you want to take in the beauty of the city and also familiarize yourself with local attractions. It is a good idea to do a canal cruise early in your visit to help you become oriented and learn how the city is laid out.

Visit the Museums

If you want to soak up some culture while visiting Amsterdam, spend a day visiting the city's renowned museums. Museumplein is home to the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Arts. After exploring these world-class museums, spend some time in the outdoor square of Museumplein where there are markets, exhibitions, and a large pond that is a paddling pool during the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.

See the Tulips

If you're staying in Amsterdam during the spring months, it is well worth your time to travel a short distance outside the city to see the tulip fields. Holland is famous for their tulips, and there is something magical about seeing huge fields of flowers in a wide variety of colors.

Enjoy Local Cuisine

In Amsterdam, herring carts are very popular and different vendors prepare this fish in different ways. As a visitor to the city, get out of your comfort zone, and make sure you try local foods, such as herring. While some of the dishes may be foreign, you may discover a new food that you love.