Things to do in Amsterdam logo

All you need to know about using truffles in Amsterdam

Since the ban on the more potent magic mushrooms in 2008, magic truffles are sold as legal substitutes for them by smartshops in Amsterdam . Truffles contain the same active substance; psilocybin. They change the experience of reality, space and time. Your environment, feelings and perception are also experienced differently. The strength differs per species and per truffle. It is a natural product, so one truffle may contain more active substances than the others of the same kind. Magic Truffles can be used recreationally or to gain deeper psychological, spiritual or philosophical insights.

Not in Amsterdam, but interested in magic truffles?

– Order with our exclusive discount code Amsterdam10 and get 10% off –

So what are truffles actually? What are magic truffles? Where can you buy them in Amsterdam? What are the prices of truffles in Amsterdam and where can you buy them in the city?

Let us start with the basics, what is a truffle anyway? Truffles are underground growing mushrooms, which give a unique scent. Per kilo, a truffle can be one of the most expensive ingredients you can use. The tubers are found at the foot of trees and therefore fall into the mushroom category. A truffle can perhaps best be compared to a mushroom, but then of course in a different class. However, unlike the mushroom, the truffle is a fungus that develops underground. Due to lack of space there, it does not grow large but usually develops into a concentrate of mushroom flavour. The most important characteristic of the truffle is the typical intoxicating odour and taste. Truffles are the ripest and the tastiest in January.

In this article, however, we will focus on the psychoactive “magic truffles” that are sold legally in smartshops in Amsterdam to be used recreationally.

amsterdam truffles

What are magic truffles?

Magic truffles are one of the most extraordinary types of psychedelics in the world. These sclerotia are not technically mushrooms, but they are part of the same organism. If you are wondering what the difference is between these truffles and mushrooms, then you are not alone. Although both contain the psychedelic substance psilocybin, they are two different products.

This is because truffles grow underground, while mushrooms grow above the ground. It is also good to know that magic truffles are not really “truffles” but “sclerotia”. Sclerotia are fungi that grow from the same organism as psychedelic mushrooms — but are therefore not mushrooms themselves.

Since the ban on mushrooms, truffles are sold as substitutes for them. Truffles are legal. The active substances in mushrooms and truffles are prohibited. Truffles contain substances that make the brain work in a different way. The active substances include psilocin and psilocybin.

Truffles contain the same active substances. They change the experience of reality, space and time. Your environment, feelings and perception are also experienced differently. The strength differs per species and per truffle. It is a natural product, so one truffle may contain more active substances than the others of the same kind.

Where can I buy truffles in Amsterdam?

The best and safest place to buy truffles in Amsterdam is in a so-called, specialised smartshop. We stress anyone planning on using truffles to be well-informed and well-prepared. Therefore, it is wise to choose a smartshop with knowledgeable employees that take their time to inform their customers well. Below are some recommended shops where you can buy your truffles in Amsterdam:

  • The Magic Mushroom Gallery:  one of the oldest smartshops in town. At The Magic Mushroom Gallery employees are experienced and knowledgeable, they have numerous strains of magic truffles, they’ll be happy to help to pick the right one. They have two stores in the city centre one at the Flower market and one in the Spuitstraat.
  • Azarius: Azarius has both an online and offline Smartshop. The offline store is located at the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam. The shop is located at a 2-minute walk from the Leidseplein .
  • Kokopelli: This shop is close to the red light district in the Warmoestraat. It’s quite curious and beautiful. It is a mere 7-minute walk from the Amsterdam Central Station  and is definitely worth a visit even if you are not interested in truffles.
  • Tatanka: A big and spacious smart shop located on the Leidseplein.

Not in Amsterdam, but interested in magic truffles? You can also order them online!

If you’ve found this article and are interested in trying magic truffles, but you’re not (planning to) visiting Amsterdam anytime soon, you can alternatively buy them online. is an online webshop specialized in the (online) sale of magic truffels and ships them to many European countries. They also provide information on how to microdose truffles ; the practice of taking very small amounts of psilocybin in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects.

Buy magic truffles online at

We’ve partnered with, a webshop and smart shop in Utrecht that specializes in the (online) sales of magic truffles and other organic plant medicines and food supplements. They are praised by customers for their great, knowledgeable service and high-quality products. Magic truffles and supplements can be used either for recreational or therapeutical purposes. Their products can be shipped to any address in Europe. You can also order to have the products delivered to your residency in Amsterdam or elsewhere!

How much do truffles cost?

Unfortunately, as is the case with many popular and rare products, fresh truffles are often too expensive to buy. Black truffles can go for as much as 500 euros per kilo, while white truffles sometimes cost thousands of euros. Magic truffles could go for as much as €30,- per 15 g, depending on the smart shop or online store.

This high price has to do with a number of factors. Not only are they becoming increasingly rare, but finding them can be quite a lot of work.

Are (magic) truffles legal in the Netherlands?

Yes, (magic) truffles are legal in the Netherlands. Sclerotia are formed by underground mushrooms that store nutrients and protect them against the cold, drought and natural heat. They contain psilocybin, which gives a colourful state of consciousness that lasts for about 4 to 6 hours.

Magic truffles are officially a “by-product” of magic mushrooms and contain no detectable harmful substances, magic truffles can be sold in the Netherlands but magic mushrooms cannot because they are illegal. You can buy different kinds of magic truffles at smarts shops where they are sold legally.

magic truffles in Amsterdam

How are truffles used?

Truffles can be used in different ways. Most people just eat them. You can also make tea from them or use them as an ingredient in a dish. For example, there are also chocolate bars with truffles incorporated and most people like adding them to their pasta. You usually begin to feel the effect after half an hour after eating your dish.

If you have a full stomach it may take longer before you feel the effects of the truffles. If you put it in your tea, you can notice it a bit earlier, the effect is, therefore, more intense. Putting them in your chocolate can also deliver a more intense effect. The duration of the effect is usually between 3 and 8 hours.

How do truffles work?

Truffles fall into the consciousness-altering and hallucinogenic group. The effects vary and depend, among other things, on your personal sensitivity, your mood and the dose. The active substances psilocin and psilocybin are very similar to the body’s own serotonin (the neurotransmitter).

Here are some effects of truffles on the brain:

The effects and intensity of the effect depend on your dose and personal sensitivity. You feel the effect in wave movements. One moment can be more intense than the other.

Positive effects:

  • Strengthening pleasant feelings and senses
  • Laughing (laugh kick)
  • Music sounds different, deeper, more immersive
  • Colours become more intense
  • A relaxed, cheerful, energetic, “high” feeling
  • Experiencing feelings that you are normally not aware of
  • Visual hallucinations

Negative effects:

  • Unrest, a confused feeling
  • Thirst, dry mouth
  • A warm or cold feeling
  • Stomach and intestinal complaints
  • Strengthening of unpleasant feelings
  • Less control over emotions and behaviour
  • Anxious tripping and intense painful feelings
  • Fear that the effects will no longer pass

Truffles are characterised by different types of effects. You may experience the effects in wave movements and/or ‘loops’. The intensity also comes in wave movements and eventually decreases. Sometimes magic truffles give a ‘cosy’ feeling, you smile, you are cheerful and the world looks nice and colourful. Music is intense as you listen to it.

Sometimes you have a crazy train of thoughts, you don’t understand much about what’s happening around you or even your own thoughts. Sometimes it is difficult for you to form words. You may also have strong visual hallucinations. This does not always happen and depends strongly on your personal sensitivity, the dose and type of truffle.

You cannot predict exactly which effects you will get when you use truffles. People experience truffles very differently. Some may find the effects quite intense and others may not.

Truffles are not generally dangerous to health. The active substances are not harmful. However, people can get into trouble through irresponsible use. The negative symptoms can mainly occur in the wrong environment, due to individual sensitivity, a high dosage, etc.

What are the risks of using truffles?

It is often thought that there are no risks associated with the use of “natural products” like truffles. That idea is wrong. Violent and even negative emotions can arise from the effects of truffle use. Most people have what is called “a bad trip” which can be due to the user not being able to handle the effects. Much like people who don’t know how to handle their alcohol. A bad trip can be annoying, but almost never dangerous.

The active substances in truffles are not harmful to the body. However, it can become dangerous in very exceptional situations. For example, the chance of having a bad trip is higher if you drink alcohol before or during the trip.

Note: Please make sure you use truffles responsibly. The more careful you are, the fewer the risks.

What happens during a bad trip?

  • The trip turns out to be more intense than you thought in advance
  • There is usually fear, panic, restlessness
  • Experiencing unpleasant feelings and emotions
  • Psychiatric illnesses (depression, psychosis) may get worse or last longer
  • Injury from doing something dangerous while on a bad trip

Note: When on a bad trip, make sure you are in a safe place so you do not run the risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. For example: do not go cycling or try to operate machinery of any kind.

People with psychiatric illnesses such as depression or psychosis should not take truffles. There is a risk that the disease will recur or last longer.

If you are pregnant, have a disease and/or use medication, it is better not to take truffles. Truffles are potentially dangerous for your unborn child.

Can one be addicted to truffles?

No, it isn’t possible to become addicted to truffles. Given the intense effects that occur from the use of truffles, they are not used very often. Truffles are typically used a few times at most. The chance of mental dependence is therefore not very great.

Strongest (magic) truffles in Amsterdam

Magic truffles are becoming increasingly popular in Amsterdam. There are many different types and varieties of truffle. Below are five of the strongest truffles in Amsterdam.

  • UTOPIA: Utopia makes users construct their own world with their imagination. It allows you to reach a higher level of awareness and also offers you strange visuals. The perception of colour changes; figures remove themselves from normal geometric reality. Expect deep thoughts about life and the universe. The Psilocybe utopia is very powerful, so 5 – 7.5 g is a good dose for novice trippers. It is good to take less in the beginning if you want to test it first. For an average strength experience, 8-10g is good, and everything above 10 g provides an ultra-trippy experience.
  • HOLLANDIA: This is one of the strongest truffles in Amsterdam. It makes you experience hallucinations and vibrating waves all through your body. Increased senses and more intense creativity can create a fantastic imagination for “tripping” artists. Hollandia makes users feel one with everything. With just 7.5 g, new users can be shown a new world. 10 – 12 g, users are sent to a new and beautiful reality. Everything above 15 g is only recommended for experienced trippers.
  • MOKUM: This one may not be as strong as the aforementioned truffles but it is still very powerful. The effects are a lot like those from weed: users become more social and suddenly have contemplative thoughts about the existence of life. Given the dosage, 7.5 g can deliver a number of “trippy” experiences. A dose of 10 g is considered medium and 15 g is for more experienced users.
  • PANDORA: This is basically the opposite of Pandora’s box. It’s opening a box of truffles and unleashing all the effects that come with them. If you want serious psychedelic vibes, this is one of the most popular truffles in Amsterdam. The 7.5 g dose is good for new users. For stronger effects, 10 g should be enough. For a complete immersion in the mystical psychedelic box, 15 g should suffice.
  • ATLANTIS: The Atlantis truffle was discovered in Fulton Country, Georgia (US). This truffle is meant to help users discover the fictional island of Atlantis. Just like Pandora, beginners can start with 7.5 g. With 10 g is considered medium and 15 g is expected to definitely take you to the mythical island of Atlantis.

Truffles in Amsterdam

Useful tips for truffles usage

You can reduce the risks by following the tips listed below. Mushrooms and truffles are normally safe if you take minimal but necessary safety precautions. Drug use without risk does not exist.

  • Take your time and ensure a safe and quiet/trusted environment. For a pleasant and “safe trip,” this is definitely necessary with a higher dosage. Make sure there is someone around who is sober, in case someone is overwhelmed by the effects.
  • Only take mushrooms or truffles if you feel well.
  • If you become anxious, stay calm: the unpleasant feeling always passes.
  • Do not resist what comes to mind and relax. It usually helps to think of something fun and to listen to some music.
  • Eating or drinking something can help you feel better.
  • Listen to the signals from your body and mind. If you find that you can’t really stand it, stop it. Don’t use truffles anymore!
  • Smoking weed extends and intensifies the trip. It is better not to use other drugs when using truffles.
  • Please do not buy truffles from street sellers. Only buy your truffles in a good smart shop. Feel free to ask the shopkeeper for advice.
  • Do not combine mushrooms and truffles with alcohol. This increases the chance of a bad trip.
  • Do not drive after using truffles!
  • Take your time, don’t use truffles if you don’t have the time. Make sure you have nothing important to do the next day. You can be tired after a truffle trip.
  • It is important to regularly drink some water or fruit juice during the trip. This does not affect the effects of the truffles.
  • Do not take truffles if you feel anxious, stressed or depressed. People with dormant psychosis or schizophrenia should not use truffles.
  • Do not take truffles if you use medication.
  • Do not take truffles if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or younger than 18 years.
  • Always preserve your truffles between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius. They can be kept in the fridge for up to a month.

Most people simply chew truffles and then swallow them, but if you do not like the taste, you can always mix it with yoghurt; or put it in tea and wait 20 minutes before drinking the brew. Make sure that the water does not boil, because that can deconstruct important psychedelic properties of the magic truffles.

The dosage of truffles always matters. If you take 20 g of weak truffles, it can generate a much stronger trip than 5 g of the strongest truffles you can find. Please make sure you understand the strength of your desired truffle and measure exactly how much you have to take.

It is important to note that psychedelic substances have a different effect on everyone. It has to do with individual experiences, psychology and physiology. If you are a beginner, it is strongly recommended to take a small dose in an environment where you feel comfortable. If you are not in a good place mentally, please do not take truffles! Take care of yourself first!

Do you have questions about the use of magic truffles? Please let us know in the comments!

Leave a comment Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

49 Comments on " All you need to know about using truffles in Amsterdam "

bad trip amsterdam

Are these truffles seasonal? Can you only get them in summer or are they available January February time as well?

bad trip amsterdam

No they are not seasonal, these truffles are available all year round

bad trip amsterdam

I’m from Denmark, but I live in Lisbon.

I can’t find a place to buy truffles.

Can I order online ?

Kind regards A

Yes that’s possible. We can recommend you, through this link . They ship throughout Europe, including Portugal.

Kind regards!

bad trip amsterdam

Can I take it back to UK ?

I’m not sure what the exact regulations are/how customs handles truffles in luggage. I do know that our partner Microdosebros ships to the UK, so if you want to avoid any problems, you can always resort to ordering them in rather than taking them in your luggage.

bad trip amsterdam

For a first time, where would you recommend taking truffles, indoor / outdoor and what venue

Like a park or zoo?

Personally, I’d recommend outdoors in nature. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable. I would opt to pick a place where it’s socially accepted to do whatever you feel like doing, whether that’s dancing, singing or lying down for a bit. Therefore, a zoo wouldn’t be the first place that comes to mind.

bad trip amsterdam

We are landing in Amsterdam after 10pm are there any places we can buy truffles at that time of night? Smart shops seem to close around 10pm.

Probably not at that time, you’ll have to go and get them the day after

bad trip amsterdam

Hey, Does Schipol allow having them when in your luggage when you’re leaving the Netherlands?

Thank you <3

I’m not 100% sure, but I believe they’re still a controlled substance, so I wouldn’t recommend that.

bad trip amsterdam

What would you say is a less strong truffle for a first timer?

I would recommend you to always ask this at the shop where you’re going to buy the truffles, they know their products best. Most of the times it’s also indicated on the packiging. Apart from that, to be on the safe side, it’s always smart to start with smaller dossages, so you can feel the effects, before you up the dosage.

bad trip amsterdam

As the non EU tourist: can I come to Netherlands, buy truffles there, go for example to Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland (by bus/train/car), rent a house and consume truffles there? Does anybody check your belongings somehow?

I’m not sure about all the regulations in these countries, but Microdosebros ships their products to all countries in Europe, so you could also have them delivered where you’re planning to stay.

bad trip amsterdam

How many days the truffle stay outside the fridge? I need travel to eat in other place.

They are indeed best preserved in the fridge. However, storing them outside of the refrigerator for a few days shouldn’t affect the quality too much.

bad trip amsterdam

I think perhaps your food intake heavily effects your trip? Yesterday I ate 20g of Atlantis at the end of the day. Stomach full from my day in amsterdam. Absolutely no effect. I ate 20g of Mushrocks again today at the end of the day and 4 hours later, nothing. Should you eat them earlier in the day with an empty stomach?

Ususally it’s recommended to take them on a empty stomach, yes. Maybe you can ask for some advice in the place that you bought them, or visit one of the places listed in this article. I also found this article that might be helpful;

bad trip amsterdam

Im new to truffles. I want to know if there is anything that can intensify the feeling. I read earlier that putting them in chocolate does this. Id like to know more about how this can intensify the effects?

First of all, if you’re new to it you might take some caution. How can you be question intensifying the effects, if you haven’t feeled the effects in the first place? Truffles are a potent halucigen, therefore they should be used with caution, as the effects can also turn into very intense negative experiences (refered to as a bad trip). That said, dosing is the key to intensifying effects. You can simply up the dosage a bit, to see how that works out for you.

bad trip amsterdam

Hi there do you ship to Scotland ?

Yes, Microdosebros also ships to Scotland

bad trip amsterdam

Are magic truffles sold dry or fresh/wet? Just curious for dosage reasons.

Yes, the magic truffles are sold fresh/wet

bad trip amsterdam

Salve Esistono funghi e tartufi in grado di aumentare la prestazione fisica/sessuale? Se SÌ, quali sono?

I’m not aware that mushrooms would increase physical/sexual strength, but I’m not an expert on the topic. Maybe you can get advice from the sellers on that specific topic. I do believe that smartshops in Amsterdam sell herbal potions for such purposes, but it’s better to contact them yourself.

bad trip amsterdam

You mention that truffles can be shipped to any address in Europe. Would it be legal for us to buy extra truffles when we’re in Amsterdam and take them with us to use in Belgium and France?

I think so, yes. But to be 100% sure check with local authorities/customs.

bad trip amsterdam

My friend and I are going to Amsterdam next month and we’re planning on taking truffles and then going to a museum or art exhibit, would this be a safe idea or should we just do it in our hotel?

It’s important to pick a safe environment and have someone around who is sober to watch over you. Many people prefer nature and prevent overcrowded places.

bad trip amsterdam

I am leaving amsterdam soon and was wondering if it was possible to transport them back into New York in a checked in bag or carry on?

I believe there are different laws across the different states in the US. I would recommend you to do thorough research on the legal status before you bring anything substance in your luggage.

bad trip amsterdam

Is there anywhere in Amsterdam that I can take the truffles in a safe place with someone there to monitor and help incase there is a bad trip?

Yes, there are. I would recommend you to search for “truffle ceremony Amsterdam” and you’ll find places that offer guided ceremonies.

bad trip amsterdam

Me and my best friend never tried magic truffles before, but we smoke weed from time to time(couple of times a month). What could we expect on average, if we split 10g of Hollandia truffles? Is it going to be strong enough to have a very good trip or is it gonna just be some visuals but nothing crazy?

Everybody responds differently to these substances and it’s impossible to know upfront how your body will respond. Therefore it’s recommended to use with caution and slowly increase the dosage.

bad trip amsterdam

I took 15gms of Mushrocks two hours ago and I’m so disappointed – as a starter I thought this would be a good point to start but I have had no affect at all.

bad trip amsterdam

Hello!!! I had some very good experiences with truffles and I would like to organize retreats. Is it possible that I make chocolates from the truffle to make the taste better and then sell them commercially next to my retreats or is this not allowed? 🙂 thank you!!!

Hi Susan, we’re unsure whether that’s allowed. Back in the days, when actual mushrooms were on sale instead of truffles, they used to have chocolate bars containing mushrooms. However, I’m unsure if they can still be bought or whether it’s legal. I would recommend you to contact a lawyer on that matter! Best of luck!

bad trip amsterdam

Is a 15gram pot at 4 and half level enough to split between 2

bad trip amsterdam

Hi, I was wondering if you can smoke the truffles as well. If yes, please isntruct the necessary steps and recommended dosage

Not that we are aware of, so we can’t help you with that

bad trip amsterdam

Hi there, I was just wondering if there are any specific laws around taking truffles into venues/nightclubs, festivals etc. Whilst in the Netherlands or if it is completely legal? Thanks

I think most venues and nightclubs have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, including legal substances such as marijuana and truffles.

bad trip amsterdam

In the Atlantis description there is a typo “…51g is expected to definitely take You to…” I assume 15g was intended?

Otherwise a very comprehensive read, careful word choice as well. 5/5

Thank you for pointing this out Mike, we’ve corrected it accordingly!

bad trip amsterdam

Wonderful information thank you!

  • Coffeeshops
  • Restaurants
  • Erotic Venues
  • Tips & News
  • Facts & Statistics
  • Fun Things To Do’s
  • Hotels & Hostels
  • Laws, Rules & Etiquette
  • Map & Directions
  • Must Know Info
  • Prices & Costs
  • Prostitution
  • Amsterdam Buddhist Temple
  • Amsterdam Salvation Army
  • Amsterdam Stock Exchange
  • History of Prostitution Netherlands
  • Red Light District
  • The Old Church


Top 10 Magic Truffles FAQ in 2024

Posted on: March 26, 2024

amsterdam smartshop mushrooms

Top 10 Magic Truffles Questions & Answers

Are you considering taking Magic Truffles and do you have many unanswered questions? Or are you just curious? Very good, you have come to the right place!

Table of Contents

drugs amsterdam

We often get drug related questions, including questions about Magic Truffles. This is why we made a useful list with frequently asked questions about Magic Truffels. We went to all smart shops in Amsterdam and asked questions to the real experts. All answers can be found below!

What Are Magic Truffles?

Magic Mushrooms Types Netherlands

Sclerotia, also called Magical Truffles or philosopher’s stones, are a hallucinogenic product of mother nature. Sclerotia influence your consciousness, so that you start experiencing yourself and the world around you more intensively. Many users find this experience beneficial and very valuable.

mushroom shop

1 | Are Magic Truffles legal in the Netherlands?

Yes, Magic Truffles are legal in the Netherlands! Magic Truffles are mostly offered in so called smart shops (not in coffeeshops ). Here one can be informed and advised about this drug. Employees of smart shops often give tips on where and how these truffles can be used.

The use of drugs, alcohol or medication is never without risk. It’s good to inform yourself about the effects and risks of a substance.

Magic Mushrooms in Amsterdam Age

Magic Truffles vs Magic Magic Mushrooms

Up until 2008 magic mushrooms were also legal in the Netherlands. The risks of magic mushrooms were considered acceptable and the harm reduction approach (through information) became the main focus of the Dutch government policy. This all changed when an under aged French girl (17 year old) jumped from the NEMO Science museum back in 2008. She had taken magic mushrooms.

Drug expert August de Loor finds it difficult to say anything about the case:

“We don’t know the exact situation of this case. When someone has suicide plans, the use of stimulants is always dangerous. Is this also said if alcohol is involved?” ( source )

Just about all the magic mushrooms that grew in the Netherlands were banned after that incident, but in the end the Dutch government did not ban Magic Truffles.

2 | Do Magic Truffles get you high? Does it make you hallucinate?

Yes, you can get pretty high from these Magic Truffles. This legal drug alters your perception. Colours seem more vivid. Textures and patterns can come to life. Kaleidoscopic structures can even appear before your eyes – especially in the twilight or with eyes closed. Other characteristics include floods of laughter, intense joy and satisfaction.

Magic Truffles review

3 | What’s the difference between a Magic Mushroom and a Magic Truffle?

The main difference between Magic Mushrooms and Magic Truffles is that magic truffles grow below ground. This is also the main reason why the truffles are still legal in the Netherlands. You see, when the Dutch government banned Magic Mushrooms they simply forgot to put the magic truffle called the Philosopher’s Stone on the list. This truffle, not a mushroom, grows underground. You can still buy these truffles at smartshops in Amsterdam and the effects are pretty much the same.

Magic Truffles legal

4 | What do Magic Truffles cost in Amsterdam? Are truffles expensive?

The price for 10 grams of truffles (the maximum amount for a beginner) is between 10 to 15 Euro in Amsterdam.

5 | Can Magic Truffles get you sick?

Yes, there’s a change you get a so called “bad trip” or actually get physically sick from using truffles. The most common negative side of these truffles  is having a bad trip. In the worst case scenario this involves unpleasant physical symptoms like getting chills, nausea, vomiting and even headaches.

TIP : If you think you’re having a bad trip, always try to remember that this is the result of the truffles that you’ve taken. The sensations will pass. You may have repeated ideas come to you in a continues loop, especially in the first 1,5 hour. These compulsive thought patterns can be easier to break through if you drink some fruit juice (vitamin C helps) or an energy drink, by eating something, or by taking a little walk.

Magic truffles advice

6 | How do you eat Magic Truffles in Amsterdam?

It’s advised to only eat these types of truffles on an empty stomach. It’s not recommended to combine it with anything else. The reason for this is that these hallucinogenic drugs can be difficult to digest, so this can give an easy feeling on the stomach. This can be bothersome at the start of the trip. To reduce the chance of nausea it’s advised to chew them to small bits and on an empty stomach.

7 | What do you eat with Magic Truffles?

These hallucinogenic drugs also effect your tastebuds. To enhance your experience try these during a trip: Passion fruit, Blueberries, Ice cream, Nutella, Tofu & Sashimi.

Kokopelli amsterdam

8 | Can Magic Truffles go bad?

Yes, it’s a natural product so this drug can go bad. When you buy the truffles via a Dutch smart shop the truffles normally last around one month . After that the effect that produce gradually fades over time.

9 | Can you sleep on Magic Truffles?

The short answer is no. The long answer is; the psilocybine in the truffles causes an overflow of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness. The increase in serotonin gives you a euphoric feeling and energy, so you probably won’t be able to sleep.

10 | How long does the Magic Truffles trip last?

It takes around 4 – 6 hours before the effects of a magic truffle trip to wear off. The trip itself comes in waves and will slowly decrease in intensity with time.


When Should You Not Take Magic Truffles?

  • When you don’t want it. Never let someone else decide for you that you should use this.
  • Do not combine with stimuli like alcohol, medication or other drugs that impacts your nerves-system!
  • Never take part in traffic after taking Magic Truffles!
  • Never use when you are depressed or have a simmering psychose!
  • Do not use while being pregnant or when your breastfeeding!
  • Do not use this if you’re younger than 18 years old!
  • Do not use magic truffles when visiting a sex show in Amsterdam .

Magic Truffles in Amsterdam

How to grow magic truffles?

Magic truffles, also known as psilocybin truffles, are a type of fungus that contain psychoactive compounds such as psilocybin and psilocin. Growing magic truffles requires careful attention and adherence to specific cultivation techniques. Here are the general steps to grow magic truffles:

  • Obtain spores: Purchase or obtain spores of the magic truffle species you wish to grow.
  • Prepare the growing medium: Magic truffles grow best in a nutrient-rich substrate that contains ingredients such as vermiculite, rice flour, and water. Sterilize the substrate before use to prevent contamination.
  • Inoculate the substrate: Mix the spores with the substrate and pack it into a container. Place the container in a warm, dark place for the spores to grow into mycelium, which will eventually form the truffles.
  • Monitor humidity and temperature: Magic truffles require high humidity and warm temperatures to grow. Use a humidifier and thermometer to maintain a humid and warm environment.
  • Wait for the truffles to form: It can take several weeks for the mycelium to develop into truffles. When the truffles are fully formed, they will be firm to the touch and have a brownish color.
  • Harvest the truffles: Use a sterilized spoon or trowel to carefully dig out the truffles from the substrate. Rinse them under cold water and store them in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How to dry magic truffles?

After harvesting magic truffles, they need to be dried properly to preserve their potency and prevent spoilage. Here are the general steps to dry magic truffles:

  • Clean the truffles: Remove any dirt or debris from the truffles and rinse them under cold water.
  • Pat dry: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to pat the truffles dry.
  • Spread the truffles: Place the truffles in a single layer on a clean, dry surface such as a tray or baking sheet.
  • Dry the truffles: Use a fan or a low-temperature dehydrator to dry the truffles. Do not use high heat or direct sunlight, as this can degrade the psychoactive compounds.
  • Monitor the truffles: Check the truffles frequently and rotate them to ensure even drying. The truffles should be dry and firm to the touch, but not brittle.
  • Store the truffles: Once the truffles are completely dry, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They can be stored for several months if kept properly.

When Do Shrooms go bad?

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of eating a bad magic mushroom, you know that it can be a very unpleasant experience. Eating a bad shroom can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even hallucinations. In some cases, it can also lead to serious health problems like liver damage or neurological disorders. So how do you know if your magic mushrooms have gone bad? There are a few telltale signs. Bad shrooms will often have discolored spots or growths on them. They may also emit a foul odor. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to throw the shrooms away and find a new batch.

Magic Truffles Statistics

Did you know that an average of 3.3% of all Dutch adults ever took magic mushrooms (480,000 people) and just an average of 0.4% last year?  And did you know that 2.1% of all Dutch adults took Magic Truffles ever in their life. ( Source )

Magic Mushrooms Possible Solution For Depression

Researchers are on the trail of a promising and rapid treatment for severe depression. In addition to specialist therapy, the treatment consists of a special substance: psilocybin. That is the substance that makes people hallucinate when taking magic mushrooms.

The treatment has already been tested on a group of 233 patients from ten different countries, BBC News and The Guardian reported Wednesday 2 November 2022. Nearly one in three patients was no longer declared depressed within three weeks. One in five showed great improvements within 12 weeks.

10 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam According To The Pro’s

10 Tips For Using Drugs in Amsterdam  

Smartshop Kokopelli

10x Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s & Don’ts


Related posts.

sex shows

Top 10 Amsterdam Sex Show in 2024

Must see in Amsterdam Red Light District experiences

15x Must See in Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Rainy Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt

Top 10 Indoor Things To Do in Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Amsterdam Red Light District Prices

18x Red Light District Amsterdam Cost in 2024

One response to top 10 magic truffles faq in 2024.

[…] mind. The price for 10 grams of truffles (the maximum recommended dose for a beginner) is between 10 to 15 Euro in […]

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.


  • Find a Tour
  • Find a Coffeeshop
  • Find a Restaurant
  • Information
  • Privacy Policy


  • Canal Cruises
  • Bike Rental

© 2024 Amsterdam Red Light District / Webdesign by BIRO


facebook pixel

  • The Netherlands
  • A Guide To Amsterdams Magic...

A Guide to the Culture of Amsterdam's Magic Truffle Smart Shops

Find out all you need to know about taking magic truffles in Amsterdam

Even though magic mushrooms are illegal under Dutch law and sometimes frowned upon in Dutch culture , many smart shops in Amsterdam stock other hallucinogenics called magic truffles that contain identical psychoactive compounds including psilocybin, psilocin and baeocystin. These truffles are derived from the same fungi as magic mushrooms and have very similar effects to their illegal counterparts. This is our travel guide for the best and safest way to experience magic truffles. No, you’re not (Culture) tripping – we are now doing bookable premium getaways. Love reading Culture Trip? How about travelling with us! Our Culture Trips are small-group tours that truly immerse you in a destination through authentic travel experiences.

Psilocybin mushrooms explained.

The history of psilocybin mushrooms, more commonly referred to as magic mushrooms or shrooms , are found in destinations like the Americas, including the United States, Mexico and South America. They’ve been used in rituals throughout the culture of indigenous and modern societies, and history shows for thousands of years that their psychedelic properties have been studied extensively over the past half-century.

There are dozens of different strains of magic mushrooms and their impact on the body is similar to that of LSD and other potent hallucinogens. Psilocybin mushrooms can produce strong positive and negative effects on the brain, including but not limited to an intensified sensory experience and feelings of relaxation, as well as paranoia and nausea. Large doses of psilocybin can intensify negative reactions, especially if other mood-altering chemicals such as alcohol or marijuana are also consumed.

Indulging in magic mushrooms typically causes a stronger trip that could last six hours or more. Whereas truffles typically grant a fun high, the effects of magic mushrooms reportedly create a deeper experience. Compared to magic truffles, the higher concentration of psilocybin in magic mushrooms means that they may be more likely to cause a bad trip.

Oyster mushrooms have a sweet aniseed odour to them

The difference between magic mushrooms and magic truffles

The term “magic mushrooms” may be used to mean any hallucinogenic fungi, but while they are similar to magic truffles, they are in fact separate psychedelics. That said, both contain active compounds baeocystin, psilocin and psilocybin – albeit in different concentrations – and both can be consumed in a similar way.

Aside from the legalities of each and the concentrations they are consumed at, the most significant difference between magic mushrooms and magic truffles is the way they grow. With their tall, thin stems, white-topped caps and dark undersides, the former look similar to many other non-psychoactive or poisonous mushrooms. Truffles, on the other hand, grow beneath the ground.

Mixing magic truffles with other substances

Whether you are looking for a crazy night out or a chilled afternoon, Amsterdam’s relaxed yet responsible drug and alcohol culture presents opportunities to indulge in fun experiences few other places in Europe can deliver. Should you choose to consume magic truffles, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re only enjoying one legal high at a time – especially if this is your first time experimenting with them.

As with other drugs, different strains and concentrations will produce different physical and psychological effects. Your body may react to a specific truffle in a positive way, while another person may have a serious adverse reaction to the same thing. To keep the risk of negative effects low, it’s always a smart plan to lay off the alcohol and other mood-enhancing drugs. Remember, you can always ask for advice at one of Holland’s smart shops, where they sell the stuff, to help you decide whether experimenting with truffles is right for you.

Want to experience a different kind of high? Book ono our Belize & Guatemala Epic Trip , which includes trekking up the slopes of an active volcano to make s’mores and cook pizza over the searing heat of a lava flow.

Eating truffles

Despite sharing their name with one of the most prized gastronomic delicacies in the world, magic truffles don’t taste great. In fact, they taste somewhere between dry soil and old, damp walnuts. Although it is possible to disguise this taste by seasoning them with herbs, spices or other ingredients, the truffles are still quite difficult to digest and often cause pretty harsh bouts of nausea. It is also possible to brew a tea out of the truffles by covering them in boiling water, then guzzling down the resulting brown stew – bits and all.

White truffles from Alba

Smart shops

Walk around, there are around 40 smart shops in Amsterdam , selling a wide range of paraphernalia related to cannabis, drug culture and legal highs. Most of these stores also stock strains of magic truffles in bags or boxes, usually labelled with small blurbs that describe their effects. Clerks at these stores are often pretty knowledgeable about their wares and many will advise customers about magic truffles if asked.


It is always advisable to plan ahead when taking magic truffles, as their effects can be overwhelming. Think, comfortable, controlled environments such as living rooms or bedrooms with comfy sofas, blankets and easy access to tap water. Strolling through green areas like parks or forests is also nice, so long as you’re certain that you’ll be OK with interacting with strangers, as this can become quite daunting when you’re under the influence.

Coming down

Although it is difficult to estimate when the effects of truffles will wear off, most trips last less than six hours and most users will be more or less back to normal within eight. Fortunately, small, one-off dosages don’t usually cause particularly bad hangovers, but it is still important to drink water, eat vitamin-rich food and rest after taking truffles. This is an updated version of an article originally by Tom Coggins .

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

bad trip amsterdam

Places to Stay

The greener guide to seeing the amsterdam more sustainably.

bad trip amsterdam

The Artiest Hotels to Book in Amsterdam

bad trip amsterdam

The Best Hotels in Amsterdam With a Balcony

bad trip amsterdam

See & Do

Enjoy amsterdam differently with these 6 experiences.

bad trip amsterdam

Hip Apartments in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

bad trip amsterdam

Food & Drink

Inside amsterdam’s van wonderen stroopwafels shop.

bad trip amsterdam

Guides & Tips

Amsterdam tours and experiences that take you to the foodie heart of the city.

bad trip amsterdam

Amsterdam's CarSmash Lets You Totally Destroy a Car

bad trip amsterdam

An Insider’s Guide to Amsterdam’s Surinamese Food Scene

bad trip amsterdam

The Most Romantic Hotels to Book in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

bad trip amsterdam

The Rebellious Heritage of Amsterdam's Jordaan Neighbourhood

bad trip amsterdam

Where to Stay in Amsterdam for a Local Experience

Culture trip spring sale, save up to $1,100 on our unique small-group trips limited spots..

bad trip amsterdam

  • Post ID: 1757709
  • Sponsored? No
  • View Payload
  • Meet the Team
  • Work with Us
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Scandinavia
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Budget Travel
  • Work & Travel
  • The Broke Backpacker Manifesto
  • Travel Resources
  • How to Travel on $10/day

Home » Europe » Netherlands » Amsterdam

Is Amsterdam Safe for Travel? (2024 • Insider Tips)

Welcome to one of the most welcoming cities in the world. Come as you are, leave as you want to be.

Amsterdam is that European city, famous for kinda not giving a shit what everyone else thinks. Maybe that’s why it’s a fantasy for all kinds of travellers and tourists.

But, of course, Amsterdam is known for debauchery, crazy, canal-side parties, drugs… But in truth, Amsterdam is where it’s AT when it comes to culture. 

Of course, no big European city is exempt from petty crime. And with a reputation for drugs and sex put into the mix, is Amsterdam safe to visit at all?

Don’t you worry – I have created this guide on staying safe in Amsterdam . So you can have the best time without falling into the tourist traps. We’re all about smart travel at The Broke Backpacker – and you should be, too!

And although we do need to cover some stories from the Red Light District, actually, it’s the traffic that require the most caution. Cyclists take no mercy. 

I’ll be going into detail, from whether or not Amsterdam is safe for solo female travellers to bring your family here. So let’s get into it!

Laura wearing lots of warm clothes in front of a typical Dutch building on a quiet Amsterdam road

Unlock Our GREATEST Travel Secrets!

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best travel tips delivered right to your inbox.

There is no such thing as a perfect safety guide, as things change quickly. The question of “Is Amsterdam Safe?” will ALWAYS have a different answer depending on who you ask.

The information in this safety guide was accurate at the time of writing. If you use our guide, do your own research, and practice common sense, you will probably have a wonderful and safe trip to Amsterdam.

If you see any outdated information, we would really appreciate it if you could reach out in the comments below. Otherwise, stay safe friends!

Updated April 2024

Is Amsterdam Safe to Visit Right Now?

Safest places in amsterdam, 15 top safety tips for traveling to amsterdam, is amsterdam safe to travel alone, is amsterdam safe for solo female travellers, where to start your travels in amsterdam, is amsterdam safe to travel for families, getting around amsterdam safely, crime in amsterdam, what to pack for your amsterdam trip, getting insured before visiting amsterdam, faqs on amsterdam’s safety, so, how safe is amsterdam.

More than 21 million tourists visited Amsterdam 2019 according to its official website. As on of the safest cities in the world, it’s definitely a great place to explore.

This elegant city of canals and bridges – as much as it is a liberal one – is filled with fun, debauchery, and radical attitudes. Despite the drug and sex tourism, Amsterdam is a safe city. 

In fact, even as a solo female traveller, safety is hardly a concern for me when I visit Amsterdam . But that’s not to say it isn’t a concern at all. The city does have a darker side. 

Being a European capital, pickpocketing and general petty crime is rife. But there is also some more serious crime in Amsterdam. 

In particular, the Red Light District is the centre of Amsterdam’s safety issues, especially at night. Drugs can be purchased exceptionally freely, (sometimes) leading to a ruined city break. 

Amsterdam has a population of approximately 820,000. But in 2022, an estimated 5 million international tourists arrived. So us travellers are an increasing problem for this popular tourist destination.

The city has become so overrun that the government took down the iconic I Amsterdam sign outside the Rijksmuseum, calling it “ a symbol of mindless mass tourism. ” Strong words – but I get it. 

Colourful tulip lights for Amsterdam light festival

Safety in Amsterdam is an interesting situation. According to The Economist, Amsterdam is the 6th safest major city in the world , and 2nd in Europe. That being said, I still think Amsterdam is the least safe city in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam has criminal elements; every major city does. Gangs make money controlling both prostitution in the Red Light District AND selling drugs – and petty thieves make use of the semi-lawlessness.

All that aside, Amsterdam is a place I feel safe. There aren’t many places in the world where I can walk around alone after dark. But there are some crucial travel safety tips to know before you do that…

Check out our detailed  where to stay guide for Amsterdam  so you can start your trip right!

When choosing where to stay in Amsterdam, a bit of research and caution is beneficial. Whilst most of Amsterdam is safe to visit and stay in, here are a few of the safest places in the city.


  • The canal belts (western and southern) – The canal belts are some of the safest places in Amsterdam. They are busy, well-lit, have police walking around, and are generally awesome. Be careful when walking around intoxicated; people falling in the canals is one of the biggest dangers in Amsterdam.
  • Oud-Zuid (Museum Quarter) – This hotspot for tourism comes with both positives and negatives. Lots of tourists means safety in numbers and a thriving backpacker scene. But on the negative side, it’s a hotspot for petty crime in Amsterdam as thieves target clueless tourists. Be wary of this and you’ll be fine.
  • Amsterdam Noord – Not many tourists make it across the water, and for this reason, it’s one of the Amsterdam neighbourhoods with the lowest petty crime. Many Amsterdam residents choose to live here and distance themselves from the chaos.

Places to Avoid in Amsterdam

Most places in Amsterdam are pretty safe, and to be honest I wouldn’t say you need to avoid anything really. BUT, you need to be careful and aware of your surroundings pretty much anywhere you go in the world, and the same goes for visiting Amsterdam. 

Although there are no official warnings to stay out of these areas, there are some reasons to be cautious here:

  • Dark, unlit streets at night – don’t set yourself up to get caught out. 
  • The Red Light District – Although this is a fun place to be after dark, the early hours of the morning when tourists start to die off is when most trouble occurs. 
  • Amsterdam-Zuidoost is the most dangerous area of Amsterdam. It’s some distance from Amsterdam though, so you shouldn’t end up here.
  • The City Centre (Centrum/Binenstad) – Whilst it’s perfectly safe when navigated correctly, this is where most problems occur for tourists. As with any major city, traffic and petty crime are abundant. Watch out for the bike lanes. 

Keeping Your Money Safe in Amsterdam

One of the most common things to happen to you whilst travelling is losing your money. And let’s face it: the most annoying way for this to actually occur is when it’s stolen from you.

Petty crime is pretty much a problem all over the world.

The best solution? Get a money belt.

Active Roots Security Belt

Stash your cash safely with this money belt. It will keep your valuables safely concealed, no matter where you go.

It looks exactly like a normal belt  except for a SECRET interior pocket perfectly designed to hide a wad of cash, a passport photocopy or anything else you may wish to hide. Never get caught with your pants down again! (Unless you want to…)


Don’t get me wrong, Amsterdam is a very safe city. But, like everywhere, it’s not always safe. Bike theft and pickpockets are rife. 

You can avoid all of this though. Simply follow some of my safety tips for visiting Amsterdam and learn to travel safely and smartly . Do this and you’re bound to love exploring this place.

  • Be careful in the Red Light District – fun-loving tourists make easy targets.
  • Go easy in the coffee shops – smoking = all good. But if your tolerance is low, this shit will knock your head off.
  • Take mushrooms and truffles with caution – If it’s your first time, tell the vendor and they’ll give you solid advice. Sugar brings the intensity down quickly. 
  • DON’T take photos in the Red Light District – you’ll make yourself a target very quickly.
  • DON’T buy drugs off the street – Cannabis and truffles are legal and sold in shops. For anything else, only go through a very trustworthy source. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Take a good medical kit with you – you never know when you might need it!
  • Watch out for fake police – If a ‘police officer’ asks you for money, then they’re not legit. Plainclothes police DO exist but not after your cash. You can ask to see their ID.
  • Careful on trains and trams – especially outside Central Station – a prime spot for bag snatchers and pickpockets.
  • Keep your valuables close – unless you want to see them disappear.
  • Always keep an emergency stash of cash – Never keep all your cards/ currency in one place. And hide it all from thieves with a hidden money belt .
  • Stick to your lane – Don’t walk in bike lanes or tram lines.
  • Cautious around canals – people actually die from being too drunk and falling into the canals . I’ve witnessed this first-hand! The falling in part, not the dying part.

Pay attention to your surroundings, don’t get yourself mixed up in dodgy situations, and keep our safety travel tips for Amsterdam in mind and you’ll be fine!

Seba in The Netherlands with bike in the park on a cloudy day

Yes, Amsterdam is safe to travel alone. And actually, it’s one of the best places to do it. 

You can walk around this cultural hub and enjoy things that you can’t do anywhere else in the world. However, I do have a few safety tips for travelling solo in Amsterdam and for avoiding any sort of bad vibes, so listen up…

  • Make friends. There is safety in numbers and it battles the solo travelling blues.
  • Choose a good hostel in Amsterdam – Sociable hostels are fun and safe.
  • Know your limits. Even though you’re in a safe city that’s FAMOUS for partying, being alone makes you more vulnerable.
  • Don’t take all your valuables out . The more stuff you take out, the more there is to lose .  
  • Know your way home. The tram system changes at night. Know which tram line to take from where to get back to your accommodation. 
  • Learn to PACK LIGHT . Having to lug around a huge bag is NOT fun.
  • Keep in touch with friends and fam back home. It’s always better that somebody knows where you are and what you’re up to.

Despite the petty theft and stuff that CAN happen, Amsterdam is safe for solo travellers. It is LITERALLY one of the safest cities in Europe.

That doesn’t mean you can just wander into any area of the city at any time of day. Like anywhere, bad stuff happens in dodgy places.

It all comes down to travelling smart. Keep your wits about you and it’s going to be all good.

Laura stood on a wooden deck next to the canal in Amsterdam

Yes, Amsterdam is safe for solo female travellers . It’s a European city and a very safe city overall, so it’s a popular tourist destination for solo women.

It’s actually my favourite place to travel alone as a woman too. Nothing beats getting off at Amsterdam central station and chatting to friendly strangers in coffeeshops. 

Of course, there are things you shouldn’t do and places you shouldn’t go after dark. It always pays to have extra tips when it comes to travelling alone as a woman. So here are some top tips for travelling safely in Amsterdam for fierce females…

  • Trust your gut. Women’s spidey senses rarely fail them.
  • Avoid poorly lit streets and quiet areas where there aren’t many people around.
  • Choose good hostels for women . Stay in female-only dorms if you feel safer. Hostelle is an entirely female-only hostel!
  • Avoid arriving at night. If you’re arriving by flight, bus, or train, try to do it during the day.
  • Use extra caution in De Wallen . The Red Light District is safe to visit but remember this is a place of prostitution. Unfortunately, some people here are unsavoury drunken, lecherous men. However I’ve never had a problem following my standard safety routines.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended. Drink spiking does happen and can be super nasty. NEVER accept drinks from strangers.
  • Avoid getting crazy drunk or stoned . As well as paranoia being shit, you also make yourself much more vulnerable. 
  • Talk to fellow females. Take a class, go on a walking tour, rent bikes with some hostel buddies, and see the city with other people. It’s a cool experience.
  • Saying NO is always fine. You owe nothing to no one.


Oud-West is simultaneously relaxed and lively; you’ll find plenty to see and do but the vibe is cool, calm, and collected

Laura in an optical illusion at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam

Believe it or not, Amsterdam is safe to visit for families. It’s actually a really child-friendly city. I even see people walking their families around The Red Light District all the time. (Why? I couldn’t tell you…)

Like I said before: there’s TONS of stuff to do here : there is a huge load of parks, museums, playgrounds, canals, and other family-friendly spaces to stroll around.

If you grab an I Amsterdam card you get free admission to LOADS of attractions like the NEMO Science Centre and the Van Gogh Museum. This also gives you access to FREE public transport which makes getting around Amsterdam with your family a breeze.

There are SOME concerns, however…

  • Traffic, trams, and crowded bike lanes are tricky at the best of times. Keep your little ones extremely close near the roads. 
  • Though it’s a great place for a holiday, a lot of young Dutch couples are moving out of the city once they start their families – 40% of them in fact.
  • Drug tourism is a thing here – both weed and a few varieties of mushrooms are legal.
  • The city CAN get rowdy after dark – almost anywhere.

All that said, there are a lot of family-friendly places to stay, loads of cultural sites to visit, and an endless list of things to do in Amsterdam . So if you and your family want a city trip that’s all about culture and fun, Amsterdam is an amazing place for all that.

Let’s talk about cycling in Amsterdam: the most cycling-friendly city in the world. Getting around with a bicycle is the best and fastest option (plus it keeps you in shape) but bike theft is rife. Amsterdam residents ALWAYS double-lock their bikes for a reason. 

Is Amsterdam dangerous to cycle in? If you know what you’re doing, no. Though I see bike accidents and people falling off every day so it’s not fully safe.

Riding a bike through park in The Netherlands with person fist pumping ahead

You can find designated bike lanes everywhere around the city and bike traffic has priority. Follow the rules just like when you’re driving a car. 

DO NOT WALK IN BIKE LANES. They will hit you. It’ll look like an accident…

Whilst it’s safe to drive in Amsterdam, it’s a real headache. Traffic laws are strict and tourists end up with hefty fines for not knowing the rules.

The actual licensed taxis are also safe in Amsterdam – but, not every taxi is licensed. In fact, there are an estimated 2,000 illegal taxis driving around Amsterdam. 

Especially from the airport – which is where they are most likely to operate – taking an unlicensed taxi comes with significantly more risk. Though Uber is a much safer option in Amsterdam I recommend sticking to Uber.

Amsterdam is a haven for public transport fans. From the bus, trams, trains, metro, ferries, all the public transport in Amsterdam is safe but here are a couple of things of note:

  • Pickpockets love public transport.
  • Watch out for the change in public transport schedules at night.

Some public transport doesn’t accept cash. Buy day passes on the trams or get an OV-chipkaart if you plan on travelling in the Netherlands .

Generally, Amsterdam has a pretty low crime rate. There is the standard threat of petty crime that comes with most of the world’s major cities, but violent crime is uncommon. 

Though I must say, I have definitely heard of violent crime occuring. It’s extremely uncommon, but not impossible. 

In 2022, there were almost 85,000 registered criminal offences in the Amsterdam-Amstelland area. This is an increase compared to 2012, but less than 2019. Most of this is non-serious crimes such as pickpocketing, but tourists should be aware of the fact that they are prime targets.

Of course, there are also complex drug rules in Amsterdam which also need to be adhered to. Unfamiliar tourists don’t want to be caught with illegal drugs in Amsterdam. 

Smoking weed in public is technically illegal but widely ignored. Just don’t make it obvious and you should be fine. Though you will be fined in the Red Light District so do not smoke weed inside here. 


Is Amsterdam safe at night though? Hmm, tough one to call.

As you could probably expect, most of the crime happens at night. It occurs in areas such as the Red Light District where sex-related crimes are recently increasing. If you have your wits about you and don’t involve yourself in the wrong crowd, it shouldn’t be an issue.

The US Travel Advisory suggests that Amsterdam is safe for Americ

Everyone’s packing list is going to look a little different, but here are a few things I would never want to travel to Amsterdam without…


Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Gifts for backpackers

A decent head torch could save your life. If you want to explore caves, unlit temples, or simply find your way to the bathroom during a blackout, a headtorch is a must.

Yesim eSIM

Yesim stands as a premier eSIM service provider, catering specifically to the mobile internet needs of travellers.


Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Pacsafe belt

This is a regular looking belt with a concealed pocket on the inside – you can hide up to twenty notes inside and wear it through airport scanners without it setting them off.

If you’re worried about safety, the best plan of action is to ensure you’ve got your own back with some good quality travel insurance for The Netherlands .

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

bad trip amsterdam

SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

Click the button below to learn more about SafetyWing’s setup or read our insider review for the full tasty scoop.

I’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions on safety in Amsterdam below. 

Is it safe to walk at night in Amsterdam?

Look, it’s a bit sketchy, but you can do it. Stick to well-lit streets, preferably with lots of tourists. Keep your eyes and ears open and use your common sense.

Is the Red Light District in Amsterdam safe? 

Yes. The Red Light District is safe. However, be aware, after dark, people are in different spirits. You do come across one or two weirdos. In my opinion, it’s better if you’re not alone at night there.

What is the safest area to stay in Amsterdam? 

Pretty much all neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, apart from the Red Light District, are safe to stay in. For a chilled vibe, lots of green spaces and close proximity to all other areas and attractions, I’d recommend staying in Westerpark , The Canal Belts or The Museum Quarter .

Is visiting Amsterdam safe for solo female travellers?

Amsterdam is safe for solo female travellers who use their common sense. Amsterdam is probably THE safest city in Europe, however, we have to point out that female travellers need to be more aware of their surroundings and potential sketchy situations than male travellers.

Can you drink the water in Amsterdam?

Yep, you’ll be fine if you drink the water in Amsterdam. Plastic bottled water is kind of frowned on actually. If you bring a reusable bottle, you can fill it up anywhere.

The stats kind of speak for themselves – Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in the world. I’ve been in and out of Amsterdam as a solo female traveller over the past decade and haven’t personally had any issues regarding my safety. 

However, that’s not to say that problems don’t occur: they do indeed occur every day. Amsterdam LITERALLY gets ten times the amount of tourists versus the population of the actual city itself.

With so many tourists, petty crime in Amsterdam also rises. Crowded areas and touristed tram routes are hotspots.

Let’s not forget the notorious Red Light District. It might be a bit of fun, but the government are having to crack down hard to make sure this area of the magnificent city doesn’t spoil its golden reputation. It’s the epicentre of all of Amsterdam’s seedy antics – so go and have fun – but with extra caution. 

A lot of the unsafe stuff in Amsterdam comes about from your own choices. If you make good decisions and keep aware of your surroundings (pickpockets, trams, etc), you’ll be safe. In case the shit really hits the fan, having some good travel insurance will help protect you.


Looking for more info on traveling to Amsterdam?

  • Let me help you choose where to stay in Amsterdam
  • Swing by one of these fabulous festivals
  • Don’t forget to add an epic national park to your itinerary
  • Check out my favorite Airbnbs in the centre of all the action
  • Plan the rest of your trip with our fantastic backpacking Amsterdam travel guide!

Disclaimer: Safety conditions change all over the world on a daily basis. We do our best to advise but this info may already be out of date. Do your own research. Enjoy your travels!

bad trip amsterdam

And for transparency’s sake, please know that some of the links in our content are affiliate links . That means that if you book your accommodation, buy your gear, or sort your insurance through our link, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). That said, we only link to the gear we trust and never recommend services we don’t believe are up to scratch. Again, thank you!

Laura Hall

Share or save this post

Backpacking Amsterdam Travel Guide Pinterest Image

Was good read. Thank you.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

Your cart is empty

How to use truffles

high quality psilocybin truffles amsterdam

Hey there! 

Welcome to the wonderful world of truffles. These little underground powerhouses are nature's way of surviving tough times, and they're ready to give you a trip you won't forget. But first, let's get to know them a little better.

What are truffles; the basics

Technically, truffles aren't mushrooms, but they still contain the same active ingredients, psilocybin and psilocin. And the best part? Truffles are legal in the netherlands. Enjoy them worry free while you’re here.

When it comes to truffles, size matters. The bigger the truffle, the stronger the trip, but don't worry - we've got you covered. We carefully break up our larger truffles into smaller pieces to ensure you get the perfect dose. Magic truffles contain two main alkaloid tryptamines: Psilocybin and Psilocin And two minor: Baeocystin and Norbaeocystin Psilocybin is converted inside the body into psilocin. Psilocin is the main substance responsible for the psychedelic effects of the truffles. 

A dosage guide 

Microdose : 0.5- 3.5 grams: improved mood, greater focus and flow, creative ideas

Festival dose : 3.5-5 grams: light euphoria, heightened emotions, very slight visual distortions Mild beginner dose: 7-8 grams: euphoric, light body high, light visual distortions

Standard dose : 10 grams: introspection, creative flow state, mild euphoria, noticeable visuals

Moderate dose: 12.5-25 grams: amplified emotions, altered visuals, new sense of meaning and connection

Megadose : 30-50 grams: intense euphoria, mystical experiences, profoundly deep introspection 

Heroic dose : 50+ grams: extreme somatic awareness, ego dissolution, overpowering visuals

How to consume them

When it's time to trip, preparation is key. Avoid fast food during the day, and don't eat for 3 hours prior to your trip. Take truffles on an empty stomach to get the full effect. You can eat chew them raw, make tea, or lemon tek them, for step by step instructions on each of these methods, see below

If you opt for the chew method make sure you chew until you feel no more chunks- it should feel like a paste in the mouth, then swallow- if you are not a fan of the taste (you’re not alone there!) You can chew with a small amount of dark chocolate at the same time.

If you make a tea, chop the truffle into very small pieces and add to warm water and a tea bag, seep for 6-8 minutes (it is not necessary to consume the small chunks left over). Avoid consuming sugar with the dose as this will lower the effects.

For lemon tekking follow these steps; 

  • To create your own Lemon Tekking blend, grind your truffles into a fine paste / powder using a grinder or blender. Place the powder in a shot glass and ensure it's evenly spread out.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the mixture, making sure to coat all the solids completely. You may need a second lemon to ensure full coverage. Fresh lemon juice is recommended for best results.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally for even “cooking”. You can also use a shaker to let the citric acid do its job.
  • For those extra prone to nausea, use a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove truffle pieces from the fluid. Collect all the juice in a glass and discard the remaining material in a safe location.
  • Your Lemon Tek blend is ready to consume, whether with or without the truffle paste / powder. Treat it like a shot and drink it all at once.

The effects

Now for the fun part - the effects! Get ready for a sensory explosion - colors will become more intense, your surroundings will overlap each other, and you might even see music or smell a color. Your mood may be significantly affected, and you'll experience feelings and perceptions that are sometimes strange and unreal. All thanks to psilocybin and psilocin, which affect the neurochemicals serotonin and dopamine. For more information on your truffle click on these links, Mexicana , Tampanensis , Atlantis , Dragon , Galindoii . 

But what if things go south and you have a bad trip? 

Don't panic! it can be reassuring to know that you cannot over dose with psilocybin. it can happen during a trip you begin to feel unwanted thoughts and experience unwanted sensations, below you can find our top tips to deal with this:

  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax your body and mind, and focus on a particular smell or sound. 
  • Take some sugar and vitamin C to decrease your cortisol levels, and give and receive hugs to elevate your oxytocin. 
  • Put yourself in a calm and relaxed environment, this helps to reduce sensory overload.
  • Remember - it will pass, our psilocybin truffles have an average duration of 4 hours, with the help of sugars you can reduce this.

A few important things to keep in mind - don't use truffles in combination with soft/hard drugs or alcohol, we strongly advise not to consume if you're pregnant, suffering from psychosis or depression, under medication, driving or operating sensitive/dangerous equipment, or under legal age.

How to store

Truffles are a "living" product, so make sure you store them in the fridge at 2 to 4 degrees Celsius to keep them fresh. They can last around 6 weeks in a fridge and around 1 week outside of a fridge.

Bon Voyage!

We hope you enjoy your trip with our truffles, and don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Happy tripping!

Do not use in combination with soft/hard drugs or alcohol because it stimulates paranoia/  bad trips.  Don’t use when pregnant, suffering from psychosis or depression, under medication, driving or operating sensitive/ dangerous equipment, under legal age .

bad trip amsterdam

Buy Psilocybin Truffles

20 things to know before visiting Amsterdam in 2024

Mar 16, 2024 • 7 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Take advantage of Amsterdam's incredible parks but be respectful to the locals © Lucy Lambriex / Getty Images

From cannabis-clouded coffee shops  to lovely parks and cycling lanes aplenty, Amsterdam is a European city with a delightful, vibrant vibe that’s entirely its own. While it certainly makes for amazing travel escapades, there are some useful things to understand about this city and the local culture. 

So, what do you need to know before visiting Amsterdam for the first time? Here are our top tips for newcomers.

1. Amsterdam is not a 24/7 city

Amsterdam establishments keep very regular hours. Opening hours in shops are generally from about 10am to 6pm, and 8pm for supermarkets. Many shops and grocers do not open on Sundays (with the exception of busy tourist areas like Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat ). Coffeeshops tend to open in the morning and close around midnight, while bars and clubs go much later until 3 or 4am.

2. Pre-purchase tickets where possible

At museums and galleries , it’s best to plan for long queues – especially during the high season from June to August . Ticketed time slots (most can be downloaded to your phone) are available at popular sights like the Anne Frank Huis and Van Gogh Museum and should be booked at least six weeks in advance.

3. Book accommodation and restaurants in advance

Similarly, lodging should be secured at least four months before your trip, especially if you’re visiting during the summer or on the weekend. Seats at your must-visit restaurants are best squared away at least two weeks in advance.

4. Budget for a (higher) tourist tax 

In 2024, Amsterdam's tourist tax – which is added to the cost of accommodation per night – has risen from 7% to 12.5%, making it now the most expensive in Europe. The tax is charged at a percentage of your accommodation cost, and is payable on arrival. For example, a four-person room booking for three nights by Vondelpark is costing a group of friends €818.88 between them, with an additional €91.88 to be paid on arrival. Plan ahead and factor the tax into your budget, as it's easy to forget about it once you've booked transport and accommodation ahead of it. 

Cargo bike bicyclists - woman with children - in Amsterdam.

5. Lock your bike… twice

Cycling is one of the most popular ways to get around Amsterdam . Most rental bikes come with two locks – it’s best to use them both! Bike thieves in Amsterdam can be very capable. Use one lock for the front wheel (attached to the bike frame) and the other for the back, preferably attached to a post, bike rack or some other structure mounted to the ground.

Also, pay attention to signage regarding bike parking. Bicycle racks near tram and train stations and in certain public squares are usually best, or you may risk it being removed by the police.

6. Pack layers of clothing

Practical clothing will get you far in Amsterdam. It’s a city where people dress hip but casual (jeans and nice sneakers or boots, for example) and mix-and-match layers since the year-round weather is unpredictable. A light trench coat or windbreaker jacket is essential for all seasons besides winter, when a proper coat and warm gear are needed.

7. Buy an OV-chipkaart for travel around the city

The OV-chipkaart is highly recommended for public transport since it’s more convenient than single tickets and is easily reloadable at machines or online. It's available for purchase from ticketing machines and supermarkets. Note: you need to touch on and touch off, including when you're getting off trams. Otherwise, you'll pay a hefty fee. 

8. Carry a mix of cash and cards

In Amsterdam, there is a growing movement of cafes and restaurants going cashless – while some of the more traditional, older haunts like bruin cafés (brown cafes) may not take cards at all. It's best to carry a mix of cash and cards.

Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade in the canals

9. Be respectful on the streets

Dutch locals are tired of Amsterdam’s reputation as a destination for bachelor parties and bad behavior, therefore authorities have taken steps to curtail the effects of rowdy visitors. To avoid disapproving looks and humiliating conversations, acting sensibly on downtown streets is a must.

Smoking marijuana and drinking in public is illegal and considered poor etiquette by Amsterdam natives. Similarly, taking photos of sex workers in the Red Light District is strictly prohibited.

10. Haggling at flea markets is okay

When shopping at Amsterdam’s famous rommelmarkt (flea markets) like IJ Hallen , the first price given by the seller is usually not a firm price but a starting point. This rule applies to secondhand items not artisan-made goods. Use your judgment and always be respectful.

11. Mind the Dutch mentality

The Dutch are known for being extremely direct. If a local shares a blunt, unvarnished opinion with you, it comes from a place of honesty rather than rudeness. In Dutch culture, it’s gracious to speak your mind and keep it short – don’t be surprised to find "no" is a complete sentence!

Despite the brutally honest Dutch mentality, there are certain talking points that are considered too close to comfort and should be avoided – for example, asking very personal questions about income.

12. Do I need to tip?

Tipping is not expected in Amsterdam where hospitality workers receive a fair wage for their professions, and are not dependent on the tip jar contributions as might be the case elsewhere. Of course a tip (around 10% is normal) for excellent service is not going to be considered odd. Feel free to tip in bars, cafes, restaurants and accommodation if the service warrants it. If you take a free walking tour, presenting your guide with a decent tip at the end is normal.

13. Make friends by wearing orange

At sporting events in recent years, the Dutch are known for the oranjekoorts (orange fever) or oranjegekte (orange craze).

If you want the Dutch to know you’re cheering for them, wear the royal family’s traditional color. The more outlandish and over-the-top – we’re talking wigs, feather boas and face paint – the better.

Tulip flowers for sale at a Dutch flower market.

14. Can I transport tulip bulbs home?

Tulip bulbs purchased at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt can be shipped back to countries such as the United States, but an official certificate is needed for customs. Look for the sticker that says, “To the Plant Protection Service of the United States and Canada.” The additional certificate must be dated within six weeks of travel (otherwise, it’s best to have the seller ship them).

15. Can I bring cheese back home from the Netherlands?

Most varieties of Dutch cheeses will make it through customs, although typically unpasteurized and raw cheeses may not. Cheese should also be vacuum-bagged (for the sake of your fellow travelers as well as for healthy and safety). 

A couple bikes down a road in Amsterdam

16. Mind the cyclists – and the cycling lanes

Cyclists in Amsterdam mean serious business. Never walk in a cycling lane, or you'll risk the wrath of an angry local on wheels. Always take a good look both ways before crossing – bicycles are silent, but an accident can be very serious for cyclists and pedestrians. 

17. Don’t rent a car – rent a bike instead

Driving in Amsterdam is notoriously difficult, especially in the city center. Narrow cobblestone alleys and canals make maneuvering tough, plus parking is scarce and pricey (and it's usually not available, even at hotels).

Helmets are not legally mandated but strongly recommended. Most bike shops rent them for as little as €2.50 a day.

Streets and Canals of Amsterdam full of people dressed in orange celebrating King's day on April 27, 2015 in Amsterdam,

18. Be careful around canals

Almost none have barriers, and yes, tourist drownings have happened.

19. Watch out for pickpockets

Amsterdam’s compact downtown (chock-full of foot traffic and often folks who are under the influence) is the perfect recipe for thieves – especially in busy squares and typical visitor areas. Stay aware, and don't keep all your documents and valuables on you. 

20. What to do if you need medical care in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has an abundance of English-speaking doctors and medical care services targeted towards travelers, such as Hoteldoc and Amsterdam Tourist Doctors . For urgent medical care, dial 112 for emergencies or +31 20 570 9500 directly for an ambulance.

This article was first published December 2021 and updated March 2024

Explore related stories

bad trip amsterdam

Apr 17, 2024 • 8 min read

From when to go and what to do, to how much it will cost: here's everything you need to know when you first arrive in Sint Maarten.

Amsterdam architecture over the tulips.

Mar 13, 2024 • 7 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Mar 12, 2024 • 8 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Jan 2, 2024 • 8 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Dec 19, 2023 • 6 min read

Nightjet train

Dec 15, 2023 • 4 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Oct 13, 2023 • 5 min read


Sep 19, 2023 • 4 min read

bad trip amsterdam

Jul 9, 2023 • 7 min read

Your Trip to the Netherlands: The Complete Guide

Best Time to Visit

Weather & Climate

Airports in the Netherlands

Getting Around the Netherlands

Cities to Visit

Complete Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Public Transportation

Essential Dutch Phrases

One Week in the Netherlands

48 Hours in Amsterdam

Getaways From Amsterdam

Top Things to Do in the Netherlands

Castles to Visit in the Netherlands

Best Things to Do in Amsterdam

Things to Do With Kids in Amsterdam

Shopping in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Top Markets

Live Music in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Must-Visit Museums

Guide to the Keukenhof Flower Gardens

Must-Try Food in the Netherlands

Craft Beer in the Netherlands

Heineken Experience

Amsterdam's Top Restaurants

Nightlife in Amsterdam

Is It Safe in Amsterdam?

George Pachantouris / Getty Images

Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands , may be famous for its Red Light District and abundance of cannabis, but it is actually one of the safest cities in Europe and the world. Violent crime is not common here, but tourists should be aware of petty crimes, terrorist attacks frequently being planned, and occasionally violent demonstrations.

Travel Advisories

  • The U.S. Department of State suggests visitors reconsider travel to the Netherlands due to COVID-19 and exercise more caution because of terrorism.  
  • Canada's government states travelers should have a high degree of caution due to terrorism and follow COVID-19 guidelines to avoid fines. Anyone age 13 and up must wear a face mask in closed spaces and on public transportation.  
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says travelers should avoid all visits to the Netherlands due to very high levels of COVID-19.  

Is Amsterdam Dangerous?

Most Amsterdam neighborhoods are safe for walking—even alone—with a few exceptions. One place to avoid come nightfall is the Red Light District . While it's filled with all types of people during the day, the area attracts seedier visitors and vagrants at night. These can include people discreetly (but persistently) peddling illegal, "hard" drugs. Violent crimes are not common, but tourists should also watch for pick-pockets and bag snatching. Always pay attention to your surroundings and be careful on trains where thieves operate, particularly around the time the train stops.

A big safety issue in the Netherlands is the continually plotted terrorist attacks, which may come with little or zero warning. Everywhere from tourist locations, airports, and transportation hubs to shopping malls, local government facilities, and restaurants can be targeted. It is wise to be careful even in places of worship, markets, parks, educational institutions, and other public areas. Be especially cautious at sporting events and other public celebrations, as well as during religious holidays.

Another thing to watch out for is organized groups of thieves. One person will usually distract someone by asking for directions or spilling something on the victim, who gets robbed by others in the group.

Is Amsterdam Safe for Solo Travelers?

Amsterdam is a popular and overall safe place for solo travelers. It is easy to get around the city, which offers effective public transit and bike rentals as well as plenty of bicycle routes. Many locals speak English, in case people traveling on their own may be in need of assistance. There are various hotels and hostels that cater to individuals exploring the country. Though travelers will usually have a trouble-free visit, it is a good idea to follow safety precautions, such as not walking alone at night and avoiding uncrowded areas.

Is Amsterdam Safe for Female Travelers?

Female tourists are typically safe in Amsterdam, whether traveling alone or with others. Public transportation runs late into the night and usually has enough passengers to provide a safety net; sitting as close as you can to the driver is one way to avoid most issues. Local women are often seen riding bicycles, even at night. Harassment in the streets or in other locations is not a frequent problem but it does happen, especially to women walking alone in the Red Light District. To steer clear of danger, female tourists should avoid dark and empty streets and choose accommodations with properly functioning locks on the doors and windows.

Safety Tips for LGBTQ+ Travelers

For LGBTQ+ visitors, the Netherlands is generally a positive place. Amsterdam has often been referred to as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, offering welcoming bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, and other venues, along with cruising areas. A great majority of the locals support gay marriage. Even though it's a liberal climate, homophobic incidents of violence and discrimination have taken place, so it is a good idea to still be cautious and limit public displays of affection.

Safety Tips for BIPOC Travelers

Despite it being a progressive place, Amsterdam has longtime racial tensions that may affect BIPOC travelers. With locals primarily from Dutch and other European backgrounds, it is not the most ethnically diverse city. Steps are being taken to educate the public and make amends regarding Amsterdam's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. A Black Heritage Tour starting in Dam Square is available, which includes stops at major historical landmarks and the Maritime Museum.

Safety Tips for Travelers

There are various general tips all travelers should consider following when visiting:

  • Should you have an emergency, call 112 to reach the police.
  • Major cities like Amsterdam may have demonstrations, which can transform from peaceful to violent, leading to traffic and public transportation issues. Avoid areas with large gatherings and monitor the local media.
  • Secure your personal belongings and travel documents at all times. Do not carry valuables or large amounts of money.
  • Use caution in businesses selling soft drugs. These establishments are referred to as coffee shops. Visitors who underestimate the effects of cannabis—especially the potent varieties sold in the Netherlands—are at risk of overdoing it, which can lead to unpleasant physical sensations.
  • It is not recommended to swim in Amsterdam's canals . Besides it being illegal to swim, the water quality is not great. 
  • Roads are generally in good condition, but cyclists and vehicles coming from the right side have priority unless signage says otherwise. Always drive and walk carefully near tram rails.
  • Bike safety is an important consideration in Amsterdam, a city where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists share the streets, and tourists are eager to cruise around. Learn the rules of the road and common Dutch street signs and signals before you encounter them on the city streets.

U.S. Department of State. " Netherlands Travel Advisory ." August 6, 2020.

Government of Canada. " Official Global Travel Advisories ." December 1, 2020.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. " COVID-19 in the Netherlands ." December 2, 2020.

Is It Safe in Peru?

Is It Safe in Colombia?

Is It Safe in Germany?

Is It Safe in Sweden?

Is It Safe in Guatemala?

Is It Safe in Rio de Janeiro?

Is It Safe in Egypt?

Is It Safe in Mexico?

Is It Safe in Jamaica?

Is It Safe in Thailand?

Is It Safe in Barbados?

Is It Safe in Moscow?

Is It Safe in Puerto Rico?

Is It Safe in Ireland?

Is It Safe in Iceland?

Is it Safe in France?

Is Amsterdam Worth Visiting? 10 Reasons For And Against

Published August 2, 2022

Amsterdam is a city that I have many conflicting feelings about (as you might have guessed from the title of this post). My extended family and I recently spent five days in Amsterdam on the tail end of a  Viking River Cruise along the Rhine . It was great opportunity to get to know this bustling city famous for its canals, Red Light District, and progressive social policies.

bad trip amsterdam

This post will highlight six reasons in favor of visiting Amsterdam, then present four reasons against visiting. In the end, I’ll reveal whether I think this city is worth visiting or not. To skip down to any of those sections, click or tap the corresponding link below!

  • The city center is truly beautiful.
  • Bike tours here are lots of fun!
  • The Anne Frank House can’t be missed.
  • You can cruise the canals on a boat tour.
  • Public transportation is excellent.
  • Day trips from Amsterdam make it easy to see the rural side of the Netherlands.
  • The city center is crowded and hectic.
  • Some parts of town aren’t very picturesque.
  • The food scene here wasn’t my favorite.
  • Amsterdam is expensive.

Final Verdict: Is Amsterdam Worth Visiting?

Six reasons for visiting amsterdam, 1. the city center is truly beautiful..

Let’s set my mixed feelings on Amsterdam aside for a second and agree that the heart of Amsterdam, or Centrum, is uniquely pretty . The stunning architecture here is a product of Amsterdam’s former status as the economic center of Europe during the colonial period. We learned on one of our tours that the Dutch taxation system historically incentivized townhomes and warehouses to become narrower and narrower, which is why buildings here are so characteristically thin.

bad trip amsterdam

In addition, the canals keep the main roads feeling wide, open, and sunny despite the densely packed homes. The water also reflects the pretty colors of various façades, which make it easy to take great pictures.

bad trip amsterdam

Amsterdam also has a few iconic churches worth checking out, including  De Oude Kerk ,  Westerkerk , and  Basilica van de Heilige Nicolaas . The Amsterdam Centraal Station is also architecturally stunning.

bad trip amsterdam

2. Bike tours here are lots of fun!

Did you know the Netherlands has more bikes than people? That lifestyle stands in stark contrast to the car-centric urban sprawl that many Americans are used to, and I frankly think it’s worth experiencing first-hand . We booked a group bicycle tour (“Bill’s Bike Tour”) with a company called  Tours & Travels Amsterdam , and it ended up being one of the highlights of our time here.

bad trip amsterdam

Our guide did an excellent job of showing us parts of the city that are off the beaten path. This was great because we avoided both tourist crowds and other cyclists.

bad trip amsterdam

The tour was centered around  Westerpark , a large green space on the city’s northern side. We also took our bikes on a free ferry up to Amsterdam-Noord . This is an industrial and artsy part of town across the IJ (the city’s widest river running west to east). While there, we got to see a ton of graffiti and learned about how the area is quickly gentrifying and pushing artists further away from the city center.

bad trip amsterdam

Our tour ended with a visit to the  Tony Chocoloney Home (flagship) Store . For those unfamiliar, this chocolate company’s goal is to shine a light on corporate giants in the industry for their use of slave and child labor. They do this by vocally advertising their own (more) ethical supply chains. It’s a fascinating and innovative way to pressure multinational food conglomerates to do better.

bad trip amsterdam

As someone who hasn’t ridden a bike in years, I had no issues in terms of stamina or difficulty on this tour . It should also be noted that the tour did not provide helmets. In fact, no bikers in Amsterdam wear helmets! According to our guide, there is an anti-helmet sentiment in the city because of the message it sends (that bikes are dangerous). This was a really interesting insight into the local mindset and culture around bicycles.

bad trip amsterdam

I think the main reason this tour was so good was that our guide didn’t attempt to bring us to the very center of the city (the vicinity of Amsterdam Centraal Station). That would’ve been so crazy and chaotic! The neighborhoods we biked through near Westerpark were still lovely, but had much calmer and quieter streets.

bad trip amsterdam

Enjoying this post? Follow me on social media to stay up to date!

bad trip amsterdam

3. The Anne Frank House can't be missed.

Whether you’ve read Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” recently, many years ago, or not at all, I highly recommend you visit the Anne Frank House while in Amsterdam. Tickets  must be booked online  for a timed entrance, but it is worth planning for.

bad trip amsterdam

The visit begins with a walk at your own pace through a museum that was built next to the home. Exhibits introduce you to the lives of the Frank family and the historical context for their going into hiding. As you learn more, you eventually enter the hidden annex where Anne Frank  stayed for over two years . It’s a visceral and emotional experience that can’t be put into words.

bad trip amsterdam

There is no photography allowed inside the museum or the house. I think this really adds to the experience.  We all put our phones away, and everyone was fully present during our visit. The most shocking thing for me was the speed at which discrimination and oppression turned into full-scale genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe. It’s a warning to the world, and one that humanity hasn’t always done a great job of heeding after World War II.

bad trip amsterdam

The Anne Frank House may make visitors uncomfortable, but that’s kind of the point . Book your tickets early and be sure not to miss the opportunity to learn about this integral part of Dutch history.

4. You can cruise the canals on a boat tour.

Amsterdam’s canals are pretty enough that they’re worth seeing both on foot and by boat. Many canal cruises are only an hour, which means you don’t have to dedicate an entire day to this fun outing. The one we went on offered beer, wine, and soft drinks plus some narration about what we were seeing. However, our guide didn’t have a microphone, so she was at times hard to hear over the engine of the boat or other background noise.

bad trip amsterdam

5. Public transportation is excellent.

Getting around Amsterdam is pretty straightforward. First off, the city is incredibly dense, which means walking from one destination to the next is usually possible. If you need to go a little further, there are metros, trams, buses, and “Sprinter” trains . In general, Google Maps seems pretty integrated with all of the various systems.

bad trip amsterdam

6. Day trips from Amsterdam make it easy to see the rural side of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a small country, so Amsterdam is pretty close to lots of small towns in all directions. We booked a day trip to the historic village of  Zaanse Schans , had lunch in  Volendam , and then took the ferry to  Marken . Even though it rained all day, I’m so glad I got to see these rural areas north of the Dutch capital.

bad trip amsterdam

Zaanse Schans is a town where visitors can see authentic old Dutch architecture, including both the interior and exterior of windmills. We also witnessed an impressive wooden clog manufacturing demonstration . Some might call Zaanse Schans a tourist trap (and maybe it is), but I still liked it.

bad trip amsterdam

After that, we stopped at the  Henri Willig cheese farm . Employees gave a short presentation about how they raise their cows and how they age the cheese. The visit culminated in a visit to their large gift shop, where they sell dozens of different flavors of cheese and offer lots and lots of free samples .

bad trip amsterdam

For lunch, our group was driven further north to the seaside town of Volendam. This area is famous for its locally sourced eel , so I had to try it at  Smit-Bokkum restaurant . It was very tasty but not overly fishy!

bad trip amsterdam

To end the day, we took a slow ferry from Volendam to Marken. This tiny settlement of only about 2,000 residents is connected to the mainland via a manmade dyke, so our driver met us there and brought us back into Amsterdam.

bad trip amsterdam

If Zaanse Schans and Volendam don’t interest you, there are many other places you could spend a day instead. My point here is, the Dutch countryside is a totally different world than the city streets of Amsterdam, and it’s worth seeing if you can.

Four Reasons Against Visiting Amsterdam

1. the city center is crowded and hectic..

I’m going to be blunt: Amsterdam is crowded. All of those beautiful canals and narrow homes (and the drinking and partying scene) draw massive crowds from all over the world. Given that this is the first year that things are genuinely almost “back to normal” after the pandemic, I can only imagine that the crowding here is going to get worse as the decade goes on.

bad trip amsterdam

In addition, the number of cyclists can be a little overwhelming , at least for your first day or two. You really have to be careful and alert at all times. Bikes functionally have the right of way over pedestrians, so I don’t recommend walk around with your nose buried in your phone. You also have to watch out for tram lanes in addition to bike and car lanes.

bad trip amsterdam

Now, don’t get me wrong: I think it’s amazing that Amsterdam is a city that doesn’t require residents and visitors to have a car! In fact, even though foot traffic and bicycle traffic can be overwhelming, there are relatively few motor vehicles on the road. It’s one thing you won’t have to worry about (as much). But bikes are quiet and can sneak up on you, so the flow of traffic takes some getting used to.

2. Some parts of town aren't very picturesque.

Amsterdam is not a city of skyscrapers, but it is incredibly dense. It’s so dense, in fact, that there is literally no space between buildings. In some districts, this adds to the beauty of the homes and streets. However, in other areas, simplistic architectural designs appear to be repeated over and over again , spanning entire city blocks.

bad trip amsterdam

This is obviously a matter of opinion, and most cities have sections that aren’t so quaint. With that said, some outskirts of the city were surprisingly drab and dull.

3. The food scene here wasn't my favorite.

The first thing I noticed about Amsterdam’s restaurant scene is how international it is. There are lots of options and offerings from all over the world. Despite this, the food in Amsterdam just wasn’t my favorite. Every meal I had was good, but none of them really stood out as fantastic.

bad trip amsterdam

In terms of local food, the most prominent specialty is Dutch pancakes. There are so many pancake houses around town, so I suggest you try at least one. We had brunch one day at  De Carrousel Pannenkoeken , a fun restaurant with a circus-themed interior. We tried poffertjes , which are a traditional Dutch plate of mini pancake bites. They’re delicious but very sweet, so an English breakfast split among four of us was perfect for offsetting some of the powdered sugar on the poffertjes.

bad trip amsterdam

4. Amsterdam is expensive.

There’s no getting around this one. Amsterdam is expensive. Everything from food and drink to metro tickets is more expensive here than in many other parts of Europe. If you’re looking to stretch your dollar or euro as far as it’ll go, the Netherlands is probably not the best place to do that .

bad trip amsterdam

You’ve seen the good, you’ve seen the bad. So is Amsterdam worth visiting at least once? I’d say yes. It still offers a unique travel experience, and all of the organized tours we went on surpassed my expectations. However, I think you’ll enjoy your trip a bit more if you know what to expect and what to watch out for.

bad trip amsterdam

Would I go back?

I’m not opposed to returning to Amsterdam someday, but I’m going to prioritize other capitals of Europe first. With that said, I am still intrigued by the country of the Netherlands. I’d be much more interested in checking out some of the other towns, cities, villages, and coastal areas there than returning to Amsterdam.

bad trip amsterdam

Have you been to Amsterdam or any other part of the Netherlands? Did you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between? Are you headed to this city of canals soon? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Share This Post With Fellow Travelers!

Amsterdam is a city that I have many conflicting feelings about. Check out this review to see if I recommend it in spite of its flaws, or if I think you should skip it!

This post was published on Aug 2, 2022

Recent Posts

  • Virgin Voyages Food Review: Restaurants, Bars, And More Aboard The Scarlet Lady
  • The Weekend Getaway Guide To Charlotte, NC: A City Fit For A Queen
  • Where To Eat In Guadalajara: My Top Restaurant And Bar Recommendations
  • 2023 End-Of-Year Summary & Sneak Peek 2024
  • How To Visit Lausanne, A Beautiful Lakeside City In French-Speaking Switzerland

The Caffeinated Man Behind The Blog

bad trip amsterdam

Hi, I’m Kevin ! I’m a coffee addict from Seattle, and I love to travel. Caffeinated Excursions is a record of my trips. Since I started blogging in January 2018, I’ve lived in Mexico, Vietnam, and Brazil. I moved to Chicago in 2021 and love exploring this amazing city. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Where I Am Now 📍

  • North America
  • South America
  • United States
  • Latin America
  • Solo Travel
  • Weekend Trips
  • Food Guides
  • Coffee Guides
  • Tour Reviews
  • Guest Posts
  • Travel Thoughts
  • 360 City Guides
  • Chicago 360
  • Rio de Janeiro 360
  • São Paulo 360

Where I’ve Been

bad trip amsterdam

Upcoming Trips

  • Minneapolis, MN (May)
  • Portland, ME (Jun)
  • Oregon Coast (Jul)
  • Washington, D.C. (Jul)
  • Seattle, WA (Aug)
  • Portland, OR (Aug)
  • Philippines (Jan 2025)
  • Australia & NZ Cruise (Feb 2025)

Click To Follow!

  • Opens in a new tab

Support the Blog!

Subscribe via email.

  • Entries feed
  • Comments feed

You Might Also Like

Read more about the article One Day In Strasbourg, France: My Favorite Rhine River Cruise Stop

One Day In Strasbourg, France: My Favorite Rhine River Cruise Stop

Read more about the article How Long Should You Spend In Lisbon? A Few Itineraries For Portugal’s Capital

How Long Should You Spend In Lisbon? A Few Itineraries For Portugal’s Capital

Read more about the article One Day In Geneva, Switzerland: Main Attractions, Food Ideas, And More

One Day In Geneva, Switzerland: Main Attractions, Food Ideas, And More

This post has 5 comments.

' src=

Really enjoyed this piece, Kevin. I’ve been wondering about a City Breaks Amsterdam series and this shows there would be plenty to talk about! Thank you. Marian (

' src=

We had only one day in Amsterdam. But knew we would be back because this is a big gateway city from Canada. We just have not yet made it back. But your post gave me so many reasons we need to plan a longer stay. We loved a long canal tour. But we did not get off to explore so many of the quaint streets. Interesting that you were not enamoured with the food.

' src=

I loved my spring long weekend visit to Amsterdam and the vicinity. I agree that I would never ride a bike in the city center. That’s strange about the helmets. The best meal I had was a rice table Indonesian food, which was fabulous.

' src=

We will be going on the Rhine Getaway in March. We would appreciate suggestions for clothing and insights in to the weather the last two weeks of March. Since we live in Texas, this is super important. We don’t want to be uncomfortably cold the entire trip. We are so excited.

Pingback: What are sustainable cities and what are the best sustainable destinations? | Guyfell

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.

  • Partner Podcasts
  • Free Download
  • Top 10 Releases
  • DHA Academy

Deep House Amsterdam logo

There’s Now A Website To Help You Through Your Bad Trip!


Yes, Yes, I know. It’s an article related to drugs but not necessarily related to dance music but sometimes in life things are presented for inexplicable reasons, and helping yourself through a bad trip is one of them.

So, with that, I present to you Tripsit , a new website that aims to help people who may be experiencing the negative side of the psychedelic experience (aka thinking you may very well die). Self described as “a positive place for drug users to discuss safe substance use,” Tripsit provides easy to digest fact sheets and informational resources specifically designed to alleviate the onset of anxiety introduced my the likes of LSD and Magic Mushrooms.

Some of the information presented includes data on dosage recommendations, drug synergy, and even has a Wiki and a chatroom where users can interact with each other and professionals. Tripsit also comes in mobile form with an Android app , perfect for those on-site experiences at the festival or club. With a noticably positive approach to positivity, Tripsit simply asks for two things: Keep a constructive attitude, and no solicitation.

Take a look at the Drug Combinations info below (for a wider version find HERE ), to get an idea about what Tripsit is all about.


  • Privacy Overview
  • Strictly Necessary Cookies

This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful.

Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.

If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.

  • International edition
  • Australia edition
  • Europe edition

An English-language drugs information sign in the red light district of Amsterdam

Amsterdam welcomes decline of nuisance tourism after ‘stay away’ drive

Some locals say number of stag party-type visitors is down after campaign targeting young Britons

“B rits on tour!” laughed Devon Bennett, finishing her English breakfast at the all-day brunch restaurant Greenwoods. The 23-year-old from Brighton was in Amsterdam with 20 old school friends, attracted by the city’s reputation for freedom, fun and frolics. “If weed wasn’t legal,” said her friend Chloé Bishop, “people wouldn’t come here just to get high.”

But there is some evidence that high times are ending for partying Britons, whose stag and hen nights have become a byword for tourist nuisance in Amsterdam’s red light district.

Earlier this year, the municipality made headlines with an extraordinary “dissuasion” campaign targeting British men aged 18 to 34. A search for terms such as “stag night” or “cheap hotel Amsterdam” was a trigger for dire government adverts warning that a messy night taking drugs and getting trashed in the Dutch capital could lead to a €140 fine, a criminal record and permanent health damage.

Although many Dutch pundits were critical of the campaign, research by the travel industry analyst ForwardKeys based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ticketing database suggests it may be working: flights between the UK and Amsterdam fell by 22% between 2019 and this year, while there were rises in destinations such as Paris and Athens. Amsterdam council says its own figures, based on World Travel & Tourism Council analysis, show a “light drop” in UK travellers in the period.

Bert Nap, a long-term city centre resident who is truly fed up with partygoers screaming at the top of their lungs and vomiting on his house, is seeing a difference . “We’ve noticed that the number of stag party-type visitors is less than before,” he said. “Just after Covid it came back full force. Then came the ‘stay away’ campaign and we have indeed noticed a decrease in the kind of visitor who goes absolutely wild.”

He added: “It was mostly British young visitors coming here in groups, on flights for less than a round of beer. Alcohol is often involved and foreign visitors, especially the English and Irish, start drinking early in the morning. People are very welcome in Amsterdam but we are not a playground for misbehaviour.”

Alongside cities such as Barcelona and Venice, Amsterdam authorities are taking dramatic measures to stop nuisance tourism, even if it means tourists staying away: in the spring they introduced earlier closing times for brothels and bars in the red light district, banned cannabis smoking on the streets and started the “stay away” campaign.

“In recent years, the municipality has taken various measures and run campaigns to limit the growth in tourism and nuisance,” a council spokesperson told the Guardian. “It’s important to stress that this is not only aimed at Britons but general measures aiming to counter a worldwide growth in nuisance tourism. So the council looks hopefully at these figures.”

Enforcement officers in central Amsterdam.

Not everyone is quite so hopeful. This summer, Amsterdam did not issue a single fine for tourists breaking the ban on outdoor cannabis smoking, and while the police presence was greater on the streets when the Guardian visited, many stress that prevention is key. “It is better to combat nuisance than to be preoccupied with visitor numbers,” said Maarten Bruinsma, of the B&B association Amsterdam Gastvrij, who points out that local hosts do not want partying excesses either.

Businesses are not sure anything has changed. Theodoor van Boven, the founding director of the Condomerie shop in the red light district, quoted a WhatsApp group of owners. “One flower business has less nuisance, a chic restaurant says ‘now all you have are the absolute lowlife from England’ and another says ‘the English are the best because they always pay their bills’,” he said. “I don’t notice a big difference myself.”

Others believe the “stay away” campaign has even damaged Amsterdam’s reputation as a historic place of shelter and hospitality. Marco Lemmers, the chief executive of Conscious Hotels, points out that plans to target other countries have not yet happened, stigmatising the Britons. “People are saying that it’s a success,” he said. “But is it a success if you have made your country sound unwelcoming? From that perspective, you could certainly say they have achieved something.”

It is unusual for a country to destimulate tourism, says David Tarsh, a spokesperson for ForwardKeys, who notes that while flight restrictions at Schiphol are having an effect, ForwardKeys data does not represent cheap carriers such as easyJet, while Ryanair capacity from Manchester and Edinburgh to Eindhoven has increased. “Nearly every country in the world wants tourists,” he said. “Tourists come and spend foreign currency, it’s the easiest export revenue you can get and it’s hugely valuable for the economy and a spread of jobs.”

Rob Buckwell (left) with his son and two friends visiting Amsterdam

Lars Duursma, a communications expert who produced an alternative campaign depicting rich Britons staying away in pique, points out that Amsterdam is raising tourist taxes next year. “If the steering force at Amsterdam municipality is to have fewer tourists, a lot of people will say: watch out because they bring us a lot of money and we have financial problems right now,” he said.

The Dutch have also done nothing to tackle their own problem young men, whose hooliganism is equally notorious internationally and who are, according to Nap, “the hardest to talk to”. One travel expert believes it’s convenient to blame a group now unprotected by EU freedom of movement rights post-Brexit. “When things don’t go well, it’s basic human nature to look for someone to blame,” he said. “Maybe that’s what’s going on here to a certain extent and it usually plays well with the domestic audience because people tend to be tribal.”

On the streets of the red light district on Thursday night after Ajax had lost to Brighton in the Europa League – there were few signs that the party had abated. Rob Buckwell, 50, from Brighton, visiting with his son Ben and two friends, was in the city for an old-fashioned good time and thinks it is a shame a few idiots give Britons a bad image. “We haven’t done drugs – it’s pure adrenaline,” he said amicably. “We’re high on life!”

  • Netherlands

Most viewed

Prix d'Ami Logo

What To Do When You’re Having a Bad Trip

Amy Wilkinson

Even the most experienced smokers can see a bad day become a bad trip, so here’s what to do when that happens.

If you've had a few hits and you're not feeling good, it's important to remember not to panic . Nobody has ever died from a green-related overdose, and in most worst-case scenarios the only thing likely to lead to requiring medical attention is a panic or anxiety induced attack.

Anyone can have a bad trip.

From an unsettled feeling, to lack of sleep, to trying a new strain - there's always a possibility of it happening, and * anyone* can have a bad trip.

But, what does this really mean? What is a 'bad trip' , and should you worry about them when considering smoking?

  • Feeling anxious, nervous, or on edge
  • Feeling unusually paranoid
  • Increased body temperature and/or heart rate
  • Experiencing irrational fears

Although it can be pretty unnerving to experience any one of these, they generally pose no real risk or threat to you or those around you, and, provided they're dealt with as best as possible you'll have soon forgotten all about the experience and be feeling better in no time.

So, if you ever find yourself in such position, here are our top tips on how to handle it:

1 - Try to keep calm

We mentioned this one already, but it's pretty important to remember, and definitely worth noting more than once.

The typical culprit behind a bad trip from smoking bud is anxiety. Anxiety can manifest in countless ways, from making you feel uncomfortable in a crowd of people to making you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

And yes, this next bit of advice is easier said than done, but the very best thing you can do when feeling anxious is try and stay calm. The more you follow the feeling, the more you feed it, and unfortunately, the worse you will feel.

2 - Focus on your breathing

There are a number of methods that help in maintaining a calmer, more neutral state when feeling anxious, and one of the most effective when it comes to smoking is breathwork.

Breathwork is scientifically proven to help slow a fast heartbeat and, in recent years, has been widely adopted by many as therapeutic and relaxing methods to reduce anxiety generally.

If you've smoked and you're feeling panicked, try to take deep breaths, in and out, and count each breath as they come and go, trying to extend them for as long as feels comfortable without holding your breath at all.

3 - Find people you trust and a calm place

We'd recommend any new smoker or potentially anxious smoker to make sure they're smoking in the right conditions.

That can mean surrounding yourself with people you know you can depend on, and making sure that you're comfortable in the environment you choose to smoke in.

If you start to feel uncomfortable, tell a friend that you trust to support you, and focus on something around you that makes you feel comfortable - like music, art, or greenery.

4 - If you're a new or unsure smoker, start with low level THC

If you're worried about being anxious while smoking, the likelihood of feeling anxiety will increase with stronger THC strains.

It's best to start with a strain that has lower levels of THC, and if you feel as though you want something a little stronger, work your way up!

Always ask your budtender for strain recommendations based on how you're feeling and what type of high you're looking for.

5 - Remember: it will pass

If you're not feeling good about smoking, consider giving it a miss this time. You might be feeling better after some food, sleep, or just a little time.

  • Nobody has ever died of a green-related overdose
  • It's just a feeling, it will pass
  • Nothing bad is going to happen from this feeling

It's important to note, if your feelings persist and/or increase, and at any time you feel like you might need medical attention, find someone who is First Aid trained to help you and seek further medical assistance if and where necessary.

We work hard to ensure our customers feel safe at Prix D'Ami, and ensure all of our staff are up-to-date with their medical training and can both recognise the signs of a bad high and support you in any way needed if you're having a bad time.

If you're coming to Amsterdam and looking for a safe space to smoke, give us a visit and check out what we have to offer .

Bekijk enkele interessante weetjes over ons & amsterdam.

bad trip amsterdam

How many cannabis plants am I allowed to have at home?

Do you know how many cannabis plants you are allowed to have at home? Read all about the rules on the number of cannabis plants you can have in your house.

bad trip amsterdam

is cannabis addictive?

Do you wonder if cannabis is addictive and what its effects are? Read about cannabis addiction and its impact here.

bad trip amsterdam

different kinds of soft drugs

There are various types of soft drugs with different effects: from stimulating to sedating. Read more about different types of soft drugs here!

bad trip amsterdam

how does the opium act work?

What is the Opium Act, what is on List 1 and List 2, and what are criminal offenses according to the Opium Act? Find out here!

bad trip amsterdam

All you need to know: Dutch tolerance policy

In this article we’ll explain how the Dutch tolerance policy works and which rules apply to coffee shops.

bad trip amsterdam

Being stoned: what to expect?

How do you feel when you are stoned? How long does being stoned last? Read the answers to all your questions about being stoned and high in this blog.

bad trip amsterdam

What movies to watch when you’re stoned

Watching a movie while being stoned is a good idea. But what movies do you watch? Check out our top 10 movies to watch when you're stoned.

bad trip amsterdam

Listening to music while stoned

When you're stoned, it's a good idea to listen to music. But what songs do you listen to?

bad trip amsterdam

What to buy in a coffeeshop

When you come to Amsterdam and visit a coffeeshop for the first time, it may be difficult to make a choice. Read tips on choosing the right products here.

bad trip amsterdam

How to roll the perfect joint

It may seem simple, but as a beginner it can be quite difficult to roll your own joint. Read how to roll the perfect joint yourself.

bad trip amsterdam

Everything there is to know about hash and weed

What are hash and weed, and what are the differences? Read everything you need to know about cannabis products.

bad trip amsterdam

What is THC? - Everything you need to know

THC is the most important active substance in hashish and weed. But what does it do?

bad trip amsterdam

What is space cake?

Space cake is perhaps one of the most famous cannabis products. But what is it, how is it used, and what are the effects?

bad trip amsterdam

The 15 best hotels close to coffee shops Amsterdam

Going to Amsterdam? Discover the 15 best hotels in every price range nearby the largest coffee shop on earth!

bad trip amsterdam

Highlights of Amsterdam: visit everything in one day!

Amsterdam is truly a real metropolis. Which hotspots should you not miss in one day in Amsterdam? And where do you relax?

bad trip amsterdam

10 tips for your first coffee shop experience

Are you going to a coffee shop for the first time? Don't worry, here you can read everything about the ideal preparation.

bad trip amsterdam

Green Souvenirs You Can Take Home From Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a vibrant, eclectic city like no other, and home to a vast array of completely legal opportunities that, elsewhere, you might find yourself caught up in a little trouble getting mixed up with.

bad trip amsterdam

Why Pink is More Than Just a Color at Prix D’Ami

We make make it our priority that our visitors have the trip of a lifetime while in Amsterdam, and at Prix D’Ami, ensuring your safety is essential to that. We know that for many, a trip to Amsterdam is an experience you’ll never forget, and one you possibly won’t get the chance to make again soon. That’s why at Prix D’Ami we’re focused on making sure each and every visitor gets the chance to make memories worth having, and feel comfortable and safe while doing so.

bad trip amsterdam

Pre-rolls: Are they worth it?

Pre-rolls. Love them or hate them, we’re here to set the record straight: are they worth it? Step off the platform at Amsterdam Central Station and you’re bound to be hit with a scent of the green stuff within, lets say, at most 5-10 minutes. But what really is it that you’re smelling?

bad trip amsterdam

10 Things To Do After a Smoke

Getting high is proven to have a wide range of benefits for many, but above all of those for most of us, it’s just pretty damn enjoyable. We’ve put together a list of our top things to do when you’ve had a smoke, and we’re stoked to share these with you.

bad trip amsterdam

A Beginner’s Guide to Smoking: What to Know at First

First things first: welcome! If you’re reading this, it likely means you’re interested in smoking, and you want to do it right. This is awesome, and we’re stoked to help you start your green journey!

bad trip amsterdam

THC Vs. CBD: What’s the Difference?

THC and CBD are cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring compounds found in the bud you smoke. There are a lot more cannabinoids found in green, but these two are the most commonly known. So what are they, and what makes them so popular?

bad trip amsterdam

Best Methods For Choosing a Strain

Even the most experienced smokers can still have difficulty when choosing what strain to smoke, so we’ve put together our top tips when it comes to picking the right strain.

bad trip amsterdam

How To Nurture Your Munchies

There’s no arguing that good bud and good food are a match made in one pretty high heaven, although if you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably had a time or two where you’ve fallen into a bit of a slump after stuffing your face with a week’s worth of potato chips after getting a craving for them.

bad trip amsterdam

To do or not to do in a coffee shop

What should you do and what are no-go’s when visiting a coffee shop? Read everything you need to know about do’s and don’ts at coffee shops here.

bad trip amsterdam

First and foremost, it feels pretty imperative to clarify any dangers that may or may not occur when you smoke: If you’ve had a few hits and you’re not feeling good, it’s important to remember not to panic.

bad trip amsterdam

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids: what are they? So to cover this, we’ve got to get a little scientific here for a quick minute: cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in bud, and although THC and CBD are the most commonly known cannabinoids, there are actually over 450 compounds and more than 60 cannabinoids found in the plant.

bad trip amsterdam

Bud & Alcohol: Friends or Foes?

To start with, let’s talk about the big boozy, leafy elephant in the room: are green and alcohol just, straight up, an awful mix? While it’s not advised to drink many units of alcohol at the same time as smoking joints, many people can and do enjoy a light smoke with one or two alchohol-based drinks. But, there’s a good reason you won’t find many coffeeshops around that offer both booze and bud, and that’s the dark and dreary outcome that most who mix the two will likely encounter at some point in their lives.

bad trip amsterdam

Christmas in Amsterdam: A Stoners Guide

Amsterdam is a beautiful city in the winter, and one of Europe’s hot spots for Christmas city breaks. With travel routes being open once again this year, here’s what you can expect when you visit us this Christmas.

bad trip amsterdam

Meet The Bong: Your New BFF

The bong. We all know it, but weirdly, few of us - as big a self-proclaimed stoner as we might be - have ever really embraced its prevalence in the world of smoking. But, worry not. We’re here to break down the stigmas against the bong and fight the bizarrely random cancel culture that society imposed on this traditionally quirky inhalation device.

bad trip amsterdam

What Are Terpenes?

If there’s one thing distinct to bud other than its high, it’s that sweet skunky smell: eau de Mary-Jane. This can be, for the most part, credited to our dear, aromatic friends, terpenes. These chemical compounds hold an aromatic fragrance in not just bud, but many fruits, flowers, and plants.

bad trip amsterdam

Best Christmas Movies to Watch When You’re Stoned

bad trip amsterdam

Prix d'Ami Amsterdam

bad trip amsterdam

G-13 Haze Cap

bad trip amsterdam

Golden State Zookies Cap

[email protected]

BTW-number: NL803827891b01

KvK-number: 33208556

Cookie beleid

Algemene voorwaarden

Tabak vrije zone

*Roken niet toegestaan, gebruik van tabak in welke vorm dan ook verboden

**tabaksvervangers beschikbaar aan elke tafel

Amsterdam blocks construction of new hotels to fight overtourism

Dutch officials are trying to limit the number of tourists flooding amsterdam.

In another attempt to crack down on overtourism, officials in Amsterdam are banning the construction of new hotels in the Dutch capital.

The policy, announced Wednesday, only permits new hotels in a one-in, one-out system, meaning a new hotel can be built only if another closes. New hotels may not exceed the bed count of the previous hotels and must be “better,” per the city’s release, with more modern and sustainable features.

“Amsterdam says ‘no’ to new hotels,” reads a translated statement from city officials. “We want to make and keep the city livable for residents and visitors.”

The effort follows initiatives in Amsterdam to limit the influx of tourists into the city, a destination known for its tolerant drug policies, sex industry and liberated party scene.

In Amsterdam, people are not prosecuted for buying up to 5 grams of cannabis, which can be purchased in coffee shops. For years, city officials have been trying to rein in hordes of “nuisance” tourists, or those who are attracted to the city by the promise of a night of debauchery.

The city council recently implemented the “ tourism in balance in Amsterdam ” policy, which set a maximum number of overnight stays and day visits in the city, capping the annual visitor count at 20 million people per year. Wednesday’s guidance re-ups that regulation; the number of hotel nights in 2023 was 20,665,000, according to the city.

“We are now taking more measures to ensure that the number of hotel stays does not increase even further,” the city’s statement read.

Last year, seeking to curb the rowdy crowds of the Red Light District and offer residents a better night’s sleep, the city cracked down on public pot smoking in the streets and limited the hours of operation for certain restaurants and sex establishments.

Amsterdam also launched a “ Stay Away ” campaign, directly targeting British men between the ages of 18 to 35. The demographic frequents the city for “stag,” or bachelor, parties, which residents say are disruptive .

Also in 2023, city officials adopted a proposal to relocate a cruise ship terminal . In addition to addressing pollution concerns, the move sought to prevent crowds of tourists from flooding the city’s center upon docking.

It’s unclear how the city plans to enforce the new hotel construction policy; according to the release, new hotels already under construction may continue. That includes 26 hotels with existing rights.

Colleen Grablick is a writer based in D.C. Follow her on X: @colleengrablick .

More travel news

How we travel now: More people are taking booze-free trips — and airlines and hotels are taking note. Some couples are ditching the traditional honeymoon for a “buddymoon” with their pals. Interested? Here are the best tools for making a group trip work.

Bad behavior: Entitled tourists are running amok, defacing the Colosseum , getting rowdy in Bali and messing with wild animals in national parks. Some destinations are fighting back with public awareness campaigns — or just by telling out-of-control visitors to stay away .

Safety concerns: A door blew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 jet, leaving passengers traumatized — but without serious injuries. The ordeal led to widespread flight cancellations after the jet was grounded, and some travelers have taken steps to avoid the plane in the future. The incident has also sparked a fresh discussion about whether it’s safe to fly with a baby on your lap .

bad trip amsterdam

  • 20% Smartshop discount code: APRIL20

Tatanka Amsterdam Webshop

  • Producten zoeken
  • Smartshop TOP 10
  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Energy Pills
  • Relax Pills
  • Trippy Pills
  • Medicinal Herbs
  • Relax Herbs
  • Psychedelic Herbs
  • Mescaline Cacti
  • Shroomshop TOP 10
  • Magic Truffles
  • Magic Mushroom Grow Kits
  • Magic Mushroom Spores
  • Magic Truffle Tea
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Microdosing
  • Headshop TOP 10
  • 2-part Grinders
  • 4-part Grinders
  • Card Grinders
  • Blue Papers
  • Green Papers
  • Pink Papers
  • King Size Papers
  • Slim Papers
  • Papers with Tips
  • Papers Only
  • Hemp Rolling Papers
  • Unbleached Rolling Papers
  • Rice Rolling Papers
  • Thin Rolling Papers
  • Transparent Papers
  • Flavored Rolling Papers
  • Charcoal Filter Tips
  • Rolling Machines
  • Rolling Trays
  • Snuff Items
  • CBD Crystals
  • CBD Capsules
  • Seedshop TOP 10
  • Autoflowering Seeds
  • Feminized Seeds
  • High THC Seeds
  • Healthshop TOP 10
  • Supplements

Trip Stopper -

Bad Trip Stopper

€ 1,50 incl. vat

For both beginners and experienced, the trip stopper can help to minimize a bad trip. Within 20 – 30 minutes the trip will become less intense and just knowing that you can stop the trip you can enjoy more in your experience.

  • Beschrijving
  • Shipping and Returns

Bad Trip Stopper (or Trip Killer)

The Valerian capsules that you can find within this trip killer package help you relax and help the dextrose sugar neutralize the mushroom effects. Only the idea of ​​the package in your possession gives you the idea that you are well prepared for the trip.

Be prepared for anything! When you have this Trip Stopper in your pocket, you put your subconscious in advance at ease.

Minimizes the bad trip effects. The valerian helps you relax, which will decrease the effects and helps the dextrose to neutralize the psilocybin effects.

Use if the trip you are in takes less pleasant turns, take the 2 Dextro tablets in your mouth and let it dissolve slowly. The dextrose helps to neutralize the trip effects. Then take the 4 Valerian capsules and take them with a large glass of water.

Valerian helps with relaxation, so you quickly experience your trip as under control again. Then try something to eat with a solid substance, such as a sandwich.

4 Valerian capsules 2 Dextro tablets.

Do you ship to my country?

We ship to most EU countries. You can find these in the table below. We ship all our EU packages with DHL, DPD or PostNL depending on the area. This way we can deliver the best service possible. You will always receive a track and trace code to track your package from door to door.

* To this country we don't send products from the categories: Seedshop & Shroomshop.

** Difficult to reach areas like Islands or other remote regions will cost €20,- more due to additional carrier fees.

Note: We try to ship all orders within 1 working day, all delivery times are estimated and can vary because of traffic and holidays.

Gerelateerde producten

bad trip amsterdam

Kanna Extract 20x


XTC EZ-Test – 10 Pack

bad trip amsterdam

Kanna Extract 40x

bad trip amsterdam

ROYAL E – Herbal Energizer


Subscribe to our newsletter And receive a 10% discount code for your first order.

  • International
  • Politics & Society
  • Photo Report
  • Relationships
  • Learn Dutch
  • Attractions
  • Restaurants
  • Scheveningen
  • International Travel
  • Bank for Internationals
  • Dutch Language School
  • International School
  • Recruitment Agency
  • Relocation Service
  • Real Estate Agencies
  • Tax Accountant
  • Mortgage Advisor
  • Psychologist
  • DutchReview Team
  • Privacy Policy
  • Take Down and Notice
  • Advertise with DutchReview
  • Submit an article
  • Editorial Internships

🚀 New feature alert! Find the best businesses for internationals on  DutchReview's Business Directory

19 best day trips from Amsterdam: the ultimate travel guide

Out of the city, into the Netherlands

Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭

Thinking about taking a day trip from Amsterdam? Wat leuk! (How nice!) There is heaps to see in the Dutch capital, but you can discover even more outside of the city. 

Picking what to do and see in a short time can be confusing and complicated — but we have some top travel recommendations, no matter what you want to see!

Here are 19 of the best day trips you can take from Amsterdam — sorted by distance. 😉

This post might have affiliate links that help us write the articles you love, at no extra cost to you. Read our statement .

1. Zaanse Schans: a picture-perfect town of windmills

2. haarlem: the river city, 3. broek in waterland: a village fit for sea captains, 4. marken: a former island in the zuiderzee, 5. volendam: a traditional dutch fishing town, 6. hoorn: the pearl of the ijsselmeer, 7. leiden: the city of arts and sciences, 8. utrecht: the very centre of the dutch mainland, 9. rotterdam: a city with an unmatched skyline, 10. the hague: city of international peace and justice, 11. delft: home to vermeer and delft blaauw, 12. gouda: the birthplace of iconic dutch cheese , 13. schiedam: home to the world’s tallest windmill, 14. dordrecht: a historic trading port, 15. tilburg: dutch textile central, 16. groningen: the hidden gem of the north, 17. den helder: city of the sun, 18. giethoorn: venice of the netherlands, 19. bourtange: the medieval fortress village, how to get around the netherlands for day trips, day trips from amsterdam: frequently asked questions, day trips less than 30-minutes from amsterdam.

If you won’t be in the city for long, a 30-minute day trip from Amsterdam is perfect if you want to get out of the city for a day! Here are our top picks for nearby towns and cities. 

A trip to the Netherlands would be incomplete without seeing windmills — and there’s no better way to see them than in the historical town of Zaanse Schans . 🍃

This quaint village gives visitors an accurate impression of Dutch living in the 17th and 18th centuries.

From cheese and dairy factories to traditional windmills and historical museums, you’ll live, breathe, and experience the old Zaan style of living. Classic!

🚗 Travel time by car: 21 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Station Zaanse Schans, 17 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Zaanse windmills, Honig Breethuis, Museumwinkel

An ideal day trip from Amsterdam, Haarlem is located between the Spaarne River and coastal dunes — did someone say beach? 🏖


This city has everything : bustling markets and shopping streets, plenty of family-friendly cultural activities like museums , comedy clubs, concerts, and cuisine choices to die for. 🍴

If you’re looking for a change of scenery but still want to have lots of activities to do, Haarlem is the place for you. 

🚗 Travel time by car: 30 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Station Haarlem, 19 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: St. Bavo’s Kerk (church), Grote Markt, Bloemendaal aan Zee

Broek in Waterland made a name for itself back in the 16th century — a popular vacation destination for sea captains! 🧑🏻‍✈

If you’re looking for a getaway from the big city, Broek in Waterland is the definition of an idyllic Dutch town. 

READ MORE | The 10 best authentic Dutch villages that you have to visit

With a population of fewer than 2,500 people, this village has quiet streets and picturesque nature. 🌿


Its standout feature is its traditional wooden houses, with more than 80 of them considered National Heritage Sites. 

There are also lots of biking and walking routes nearby. If you’re looking to get some fresh air and exercise while on a day trip from Amsterdam, check out the biking tours around the town!

🚗 Travel time by car: 14 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Broek in Waterland, 18 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Traditional village townhouses

Marken was separated from the Dutch mainland in the 13th century by a storm, turning it into an island in the Markermeer lake. ⛈ 

Residents of the town built wooden houses on artificial hills to prevent more flooding damage. To this day, these picturesque homes remain a popular cultural attraction. 

Only nine kilometres in area, you can easily walk across the whole town and island.

On your walk, you can visit the cosy town harbour or enjoy the scenic route of fields, forests, and the lakeshore. 🚣🏼

This lovely town has historical connections to Volendam, so you could make it a longer day trip from Amsterdam and visit two towns with one ferry. 😉

🚗 Travel time by car: 27 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Marken, 45 minutes  ⭐ Don’t miss: Paard van Marken Lighthouse, The Marken Museum

Volendam is the best-known fishing village in the Netherlands. You can visit the old harbour full of traditional Dutch ships, many of which are still in use! 🎣

This day trip from Amsterdam would be incomplete without trying some of the fish delicacies — you can finally conquer your fear of raw haring (herring) and smoked eel, or stick to the delicious kibbeling (deep-fried codfish). 


Volendam is also one of the few towns where you can experience the traditional Dutch clothing style.

It’s one of the most recognisable traditional Dutch costumes, with charming hats and clogs ( not everyone wears them , so they’re extra special). You can even wear the clothes yourself for a souvenir picture !

Day trips less than one hour from Amsterdam

If you have a little more time on your hands, these day trips from Amsterdam are worth checking out!

They’re just a tad further away from the Dutch capital, but you’ll find some beautiful monuments and sites if you make the trip. 

Hoorn is located by the IJsselmeer, an artificial sea-turned-lake in Noord Holland. This harbour town has a lively centre, with plenty of shops, terraces, and restaurants to enjoy.

If you’re looking for an authentic Dutch maritime village, Hoorn is the go-to choice. 


You can also check out historical monuments like the historic ship and 16th-century warehouses, the defence tower built in the 16th century, and the Oosterkerk (Eastern Church) for fishers and sailors!

If you want to get active, you can try out some water sports (although we can’t guarantee comfortable water temperatures 🥶) or take a walk on the beach and dunes around the area. 🚶🏻

🚗 Travel time by car: 35 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Station Hoorn, 33 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Westfries Museum, The Red Square, De Hoornse Straatjes

With canals and architecture to rival Amsterdam, Leiden might be one of the most underrated places. We should know — it’s our headquarters and one of our favourite Dutch cities!

A walk through the city centre will show you all the trendy restaurants, bars, and cafés .

Leiden is also home to cute unique shops where you can buy handmade ceramics, old-fashioned mechanical wristwatches, and vintage records. 

A university city since 1575, Leiden has been a prominent art and science centre of the world.

The inner city is full of museums and historical buildings like the Leiden Citadel and the old city gates. It was also home to more Dutch artists than you might expect — Rembrandt, Steen, and more! 👨🏼‍🎨

Plenty of trains pass through Leiden, making it a convenient day trip from Amsterdam. 😌

🚗 Travel time by car: 42 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Leiden Centraal, 43 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Hooglandse Kerk, Museum de Lakenhal

Utrecht is the Netherlands’ bright, beating heart connecting the east to the west at the centre of the Netherlands.

Built around the Dom Tower, you can see this spectacular monument from all around the city — so you’ll never get lost!

The historic city is surrounded by an old moat called The Singel, built for defence in the 12th century.

One of the most special parts of Utrecht is its unique terraces: landings right next to the canals that thrive with bars and restaurants. 


With lots of places to shop and eat, cultural spots like museums and concert halls, access to nature, and beautiful inner-city sites, you won’t run out of things to do in Utrecht . 

This city is a super convenient day trip from Amsterdam because of the direct intercity train (the fast train that travels between cities) that runs four times an hour. The journey is less than 30 minutes! 🚅

🚗 Travel time by car: 44 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Utrecht Centraal, 26 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: The Dom Tower, Rietveld Schröder House, Hoog Catharijne

A city of skyscrapers, bright buildings, and modern facades, Rotterdam is the metropolis of the Netherlands. 🏙

Rotterdam was heavily bombed during World War II, which is why you see far less iconic Dutch architecture from the 17th century, like in Amsterdam or Leiden.  

The city has a thriving nightlife scene, sophisticated shopping streets and markets, hip cultural attractions, and a wealth of good food .

Rotterdam might be best known for its expansive port and the iconic skyline that graces the river Maas. ⛴

It’s also another convenient day trip from Amsterdam with direct intercity trains running every 15 minutes from the central stations!

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour and 1 minute 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Rotterdam Centraal, 41 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Markthal, The Euromast, The Cube Houses, Blijdorp Zoo

The Hague is the political capital of the Netherlands, making it a perfect pairing for a day trip from Amsterdam, the cultural capital.

This Dutch city is filled with historical monuments and museums, is the only major city with a beach and has an international scene second to none in the Netherlands. 

You can enjoy a beautiful city centre with places to eat and shop to your heart’s desire, or perhaps go hiking in one of many scenic locations in the Hague like the Haagse Bos. 

If you’re looking to dip your feet in the (albeit, freezing) sea, look no further than Scheveningen Pier .

It’s the perfect place to sit by the beach, grab a drink, and enjoy the sea, whether it’s doing water sports or just lounging. 🙂

🚗 Travel time by car: 58 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Den Haag Centraal, 53 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Peace Palace, Buitenhof, Madurodam, Scheveningen Pier and Boardwalk

Delft has an international reputation for being the hometown of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and the originator of Delft Blaauw (Delft Blue) pottery.

It is the definition of a full-sized city with a small-town feeling — gezellig! 🔵


The city boasts beautiful architecture and historical sights like the Eastern Gate from the old city walls to the New Church of Delft.

If you’re curious about experiencing another student city, Delft’s busy nightlife will keep you up on your feet all night long. 💃🏻

🚗 Travel time by car: 59 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Station Delft, 1 hour and 5 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Delft City Hall, Old Church of Delft

Which came first, the cheese or the city? For Gouda , the city is the namesake for this world-famous cheese . 🧀

It’s a surprisingly old city with plenty of old monuments and buildings from as early as the 13th century, like the city hall (formerly surrounded by a moat!) and St. John’s Church. 


The city is quaint, but the centre bustles with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés.

Check out the weekly Markt (market) on Thursdays and Saturdays and the first Fairtrade Street in the Netherlands, where all street food is sustainably produced and sold!

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Station Gouda, 53 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Gouda cheese market, Old City Hall, The Waag (weigh house) Museum

Yep, you heard that right! While there are windmills all around the Netherlands, Schiedam has the tallest traditional windmills of all, standing at 26.6 metres. 🍃

Tall windmills for a tall group of people , it seems. 🤷🏻


Schiedam is also known for being the Netherlands’ gin capital , with the city producing the most jenever (also known as Dutch gin) in the country.

There are multiple bars museums where you can check out the production process. 🍸

Apart from windmills and gin, you can visit Gothic cathedrals, 14th-century churches, and history museums, creating an excellent combination of culture and recreation in one day trip from Amsterdam!

🚗 Travel time by car: 55 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Schiedam Centrum, 1 hour and 8 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: National Jenever Museum, Jenever ‘t Spul, Liduina Basilica, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Day trips over an hour from Amsterdam

If you’re looking to get out of the region and visit a far off place (for Dutch standards), here are some longer day trips from Amsterdam!

Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland (we mean the old province of Holland and not the so-called “country” !).

There are plenty of cultural spots, including seven churches and several historical monuments-turned-museums. 


While most of the Netherlands is surrounded by canals and dikes, water and boats make a unique part of Dordrecht’s cityscape. 

As an old trading port, there are plenty of historic boats scattered around the old harbours connected by canals. Check out the canal network and catch a boat tour ! 🚤 

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour and 5 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Dordrecht Centraal, 1 hour and 34 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Dordrechtsmuseum, Munt van Holland (Mint of Holland), Grote Kerk

Tilburg is the second-largest city in Noord Brabant and is a city with a focus on turning old into new . ✨

Originally famous for its textile industry , the city has now made a name for itself for its energetic street art , world-class museums , urban scene , and as one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands. 

Don’t miss a trip to the LocHal library , a former warehouse converted into a library and the 2019 World Building of the Year !

If you visit in July, Tilburg runs a 10-day fair that draws more than a million visitors every year. 🎡

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour and 28 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Tilburg Centraal, 1 hour and 52 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Textielmuseum, Stadsmuseum Tilburg, Tilburg Kermis

Despite being far away from most big cities, Groningen attracts many travel buffs, making it the perfect day trip from Amsterdam if you really want to get out of your surroundings. 

Groningen has a compact city centre with restaurants and shops, beautiful sites like the Martini Tower and Grote Markt, and contemporary art museums. 🗼

As a student city, Groningen has exciting nightlife — plenty of clubs and bars included. 😉

Along with an energetic centre, quiet countryside surrounds Groningen city, which you can enjoy.

You can hike on one of the beautiful trails through the dunes and along the coast or take a cycle route around artificial hills, forests, and old forts. 

🚗 Travel time by car: 2 hours 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Groningen Station, 2 hours ⭐ Don’t miss: Groninger Museum, Martinitoren, Groningen City Centre

Surrounded by water on three sides, Den Helder is a maritime city at heart.

On the northernmost point of the Dutch coast, the city has a lot of naval sights to see, including the largest naval base in the Netherlands. 

Den Helder boasts a rich history with the largest Dutch naval base, a historic harbour, and fascinating marine attractions, including the North Sea Aquarium and three museum ships (museums homed in historic ships from the Dutch Navy!). 

If you’re seeking nature and scenery, the city has a wide variety of landscapes — you can take a refreshing hike around the dunes and polders surrounding the Wadden Sea. 

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour and 10 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Den Helder, Steiger TESO, 1 hour and 40 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: Fort Kijkduin, The Marine Museum, Lange Jaap Lighthouse

A picture-perfect landscape, Giethoorn is an almost entirely car-free village, replaced with boats and, of course, bicycles.

READ MORE | 21 beautiful towns in the Netherlands that aren’t Amsterdam

You don’t want to miss a boat tour around this scenic town or a pleasant hike around the area. 🚶🏻

Giethoorn is a Dutch town through and through — with winding canals, countless boats, and quaint matching houses, it doesn’t get more gezellig than this. 🧘🏻

🚗 Travel time by car: 1 hour and 26 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Blauwe Hand Bus Station, 2 hours ⭐ Don’t miss: Boat tour through Giethoorn, Gondola festival, Giethoorn walking route

While the name suggests a beautiful rural town in France, Bourtange is actually in the Netherlands! Although, it might be the longest day trip from Amsterdam yet. 

This small village is a perfectly restored fortress town from medieval times in the north, built in the shape of a star. ⭐️


With a population of 430 people, there isn’t much room for proper shopping — but you can check out smaller quirky shops with Delfs Blaauw pottery, candles, other gifts, and trinkets. 

We recommend exploring the mediaeval architecture which you’ll find all over the city. From fortified walls and traditional houses to windmills, visiting Bourtange is like visiting a village-sized museum!

🚗 Travel time by car: 2 hours and 35 minutes 🚃 Travel time by train: Amsterdam Centraal – Bourtange Bus Station, 3 hours and 16 minutes ⭐ Don’t miss: City fortifications, Church of Bourtange

There are a couple of ways to get around for day trips in the Netherlands depending on what you’re comfortable with; taking public transport, hiring a car, and cycling. 

Using the Dutch public transport system for day trips

Public transport in the Netherlands is reliable and easy to use — most big cities have trains, trams, and buses, and some, like Rotterdam and Amsterdam, even have metros and ferries. 

If you’re travelling between cities and towns, you can buy many types of (cheap) train tickets . The day ticket is the most common and accessible ticket to travel on any train during off-peak hours. 

You can buy tickets on most trams and buses within cities. Metro and train stations have machines to buy tickets. The Netherlands also has an extensive night public transport system that you can use.


An OV-chipkaart (public transport card) can be the easiest option if you plan to make a lot of day trips from Amsterdam using public transport.

With this, you can load a balance on so you can check in and out of the turnstiles with ease.

You can usually buy an anonymous OV-chipkaart in the major train stations. Just go to the NS service desk and ask to buy one!

Hiring a car to visit Dutch towns and cities

There are five major car rental companies where you can hire a car: Avis Budget, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.

If you’re flying into Schiphol Airport, you can rent a car from one of these companies directly at the airport. You can pre-book a car or just go with the flow and see what’s there on the day!

If you’re arriving in Amsterdam another way, these car rental companies have rental locations in the city itself. 

Biking on a day trip from Amsterdam

Biking around your desired day trip city is a great way to get a feel for Dutch cycling culture! 

If you have a personal OV chipkaart (only available to residents of the Netherlands), you can go full circle and rent an OV-fiets .


The NS has set up bicycle rental locations at most train stations, bus and metro stops, and P+R facilities which you can rent for a few hours at a time. 

If you only have an anonymous OV-chipkaart or none at all, you can rent a bicycle from companies in Amsterdam.

Different types of bicycles are available for hourly/daily rates. We promise you don’t have to bike like a seasoned Dutchie — but do be careful on the bike paths. 

What are the best day trips from Amsterdam?

Depending on how much time you have during your trip to Amsterdam, there are different trips you can take

Some beautiful locations are within 30 minutes by car or train, such as Haarlem or Volendam, while others can take two to three hours to reach, like Bourtange and Tilburg. 

You can choose to visit smaller towns and villages or a big city like Rotterdam — depending on whether you want to visit another urban space or get a break in the quieter, more rural areas, there are plenty of locations to pick from.

Where can I see windmills near Amsterdam?

The closest windmill town to Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans, less than 30 minutes by either car or public transport. If you’re looking for other windmill locations, you can check out Kinderdijk and Schiedam, close to Rotterdam.

Where can I see tulips near Amsterdam?

Tulip season runs throughout spring, so the best time to see the Dutch tulips is from March to May. The most popular tulip attraction in the Netherlands is De Keukenhof in Lisse, a large flower garden that features tulips. 

Lisse is about 1 hour and 22 minutes away from Amsterdam Centraal Station by public transport and 44 minutes by car. You can only enter the park with a ticket, so make sure to book them in advance if you’re interested in visiting. 

There are other tulip fields by independent farmers in Lisse while walking or cycling around — usually, you can visit these parks for free, but there’s no guarantee the farmers will let tourists near their tulips.

Can you do a day trip from Amsterdam to Bruges?

Yes! You can take a train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Bruges.

Travel time and prices vary depending on the type of journey, which train you take, and whether you have transfers. The average travel time from Amsterdam to Bruges is between one to two hours.

Where is it easy to travel to from Amsterdam?

We recommend a location within 30 minutes from Amsterdam by car or train for extra easy travel. You can check out Haarlem if you want a change of scenery but want to stick to a city. 

Smaller traditional towns like Marken and Volendam will give you a great impression of the scenic Dutch countryside.

If you want to see other big cities, Amsterdam has direct trains that run every 15 minutes to Rotterdam and Utrecht — you can get to the city in less than 30 minutes on these trains! 

What’s close to Amsterdam by train?

Generally, the bigger the city/town, the easier it is to reach by train and public transport. So if you’re looking for a laidback day trip with public transport, going to a city like Den Haag, Leiden, and Gouda is the most convenient. 

Intercity trains connect most of the Randstad cities, so these trains run consistently — every 15 minutes in both directions from 5 AM to 12 AM.

Liked it? Try these on for size:

A guide to 12 breathtaking castles and palaces in the netherlands, surfing in the netherlands: where to go and what to know in 2024, esims in the netherlands: the ultimate 2024 guide + the best options, what do you think.

How about Utrecht? Or Harderwijk? Edam? Or with a slightly longer drive Sneek or Bolsward, Harlingen, Leeuwarden? I could even provide some tips on why and what to enjoy.

Where is Haarlem on this list?? Closer to Amsterdam than Leiden, only 15 minutes by train. Full of history, canals, restaurants, bars and shops.

LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

Related posts

Latest posts, 7 cool features i use every day banking with ing, this dutch influencer was detained in morocco for… wearing a short skirt, it's happening, upcoming events, ‘in brilliant light’: marvel at contemporary african art at this exciting new exhibit, king’s day (koningsdag), national remembrance day (dodenherdenking), liberation day (bevrijdigingsdag), mother’s day (moederdag-bloemendag), this virtual open day will let you tour one of rotterdam’s top international schools, whit sunday (eerste pinksterdag), come closer explore interactive art from around the world in antwerp, father’s day, june solstice, the latest dutch news. in your inbox., woah, you look pretty good here.

We're constantly hunting for the latest, greatest, and most Dutch spots for our readers. Want your business to reach an unrivalled expat and international audience?

We like you - a lot

© 2023 All Rights Reserved. All material on this website (DutchReview) is strictly copyright and all rights reserved. If you are dissatisfied with the website or any content or materials on it, your sole exclusive remedy is to discontinue your use of the website. The website may provide links to other websites on the Internet, the content of which is not in our control. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for omissions and errors. If you have found material on this website which is copyrighted by others, please contact the webmaster on this matter in order to have it removed.

bad trip amsterdam

Amsterdam to restrict new hotels and river cruises to curb number of tourists

T he city of Amsterdam is escalating its campaign against overtourism on top of existing efforts to discourage problematic Brits abroad and crack down on tourist etiquette.

In the latest measures, a limit on the number of river cruises that enter the Dutch capital’s waterways and plans to reduce overnight visitors by banning the construction of new hotels intend to discourage tourists from making the trip.

The proposals to restrict the way tourists enter and stay in the city predict 271,000 fewer visitors per year via river cruise and aim to limit overnight stays to just 20 million tourists annually.

For river cruises, this means cutting voyages to Amsterdam by half to just 1,150 a year by 2028. In 2023, 2,300 boats floated into the city’s canals – a sharp increase from the 1,327 boats that visited in 2011.

A  statement  from Amsterdam City Council said: “Amsterdam must be and remain liveable, for residents and visitors. That is why we take measures to combat overtourism. We want to halve the number of river cruise ships in the city within five years to a maximum of 1,150 in 2028. Fewer river cruises means less crowds and more quality of life.”

Ocean-going cruise ships were banned from docking in the city centre last July.

Amsterdam City Council added: “River cruises contribute to the crowds and emissions in the city, with tourists, overnight stays, bus movements and supply traffic.

“River cruises therefore remain part of the Amsterdam visitor economy. We focus on the most sustainable ships that have a connection for green shore power.”

The attempts to curb the environmental and social impact of overtourism by the city’s council will also introduce a limit of 20 million overnight stays.

Excluding holiday rentals, this is 665,000 less than the total hotel nights stayed in 2023.

As for the construction of hotels, a new hotel will only be allowed to open when another closes – a one-in-one-out system that prohibits new openings from offering a higher number of beds than the previous accommodation.

While Amsterdam “ says ‘no’ to new hotels ”, 26 hotels already in development with the necessary permits will be exempt from the new construction rule.

“A new hotel may only be built, under certain conditions, if a hotel closes elsewhere. The number of sleeping places may not increase. The hotel must also be better, for example, more modern and/or more sustainable. We encourage hotel owners to choose a place outside the centre,” said the local authority.

The boat and building bans follow other measures to thin out crowds in the city last year including banning weed in the Red Light District, an increased tourist tax, a “Stay Away” campaign and an “Amsterdam Rules” quiz to  deter rowdy British visitors .

The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking news brand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. We have grown a huge, global readership of independently minded individuals, who value our trusted voice and commitment to positive change. Our mission, making change happen, has never been as important as it is today.



  1. Worst Tourists in Amsterdam

    bad trip amsterdam

  2. Worst Tourists in Amsterdam

    bad trip amsterdam

  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

    bad trip amsterdam

  4. How to Be a Horrible Tourist in Amsterdam

    bad trip amsterdam

  5. Amsterdam Travel Essentials

    bad trip amsterdam

  6. First Time in Amsterdam? 10 Travel Mistakes To Avoid l GWPT

    bad trip amsterdam


  1. Last Day In Netherlands, Goodbye Dinner


  3. Road Trip Amsterdam 2018 2

  4. THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM #SubanjalBucketlist

  5. Amsterdam Trip 2024 Amsterdam Vlog Amsterdam Is The Place To Be Amsterdam Is My Second Home

  6. Bad Trip à Amsterdam


  1. All you need to know about using truffles in Amsterdam

    Yes, (magic) truffles are legal in the Netherlands. Sclerotia are formed by underground mushrooms that store nutrients and protect them against the cold, drought and natural heat. They contain psilocybin, which gives a colourful state of consciousness that lasts for about 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Top 10 Magic Truffles Questions & Answers

    The price for 10 grams of truffles (the maximum amount for a beginner) is between 10 to 15 Euro in Amsterdam. 5 | Can Magic Truffles get you sick? Yes, there's a change you get a so called "bad trip" or actually get physically sick from using truffles. The most common negative side of these truffles is having a bad trip.

  3. Is Amsterdam Safe to Visit in 2024?

    Yes. Amsterdam is actually very safe to visit, despite the perceptions some potential visitors have over the activities that go on in the city. According to the Safe Cities Index 2021, a global study of safety conducted by The Economist, Amsterdam is the 6th safest city in the world. Over the past years of the study, Amsterdam routinely ranks highly when it comes to safety, ranking 4th in 2019 ...

  4. What not to do in Amsterdam

    Table of Contents hide. 1 30 Things Not To Do In Amsterdam. 2 Drugs. 2.1 Don't buy 'drugs' on the street. 2.2 Don't be foolish with drugs. 2.3 Don't ignore basic safety considerations. 2.4 Don't buy drugs if you are younger than 18. 2.5 Don't buy drugs to take home. 3 Tourist Traps.

  5. A Guide to the Culture of Amsterdam's Magic Truffle Smart Shops

    Nick Dauk 12 October 2023. Even though magic mushrooms are illegal under Dutch law and sometimes frowned upon in Dutch culture, many smart shops in Amsterdam stock other hallucinogenics called magic truffles that contain identical psychoactive compounds including psilocybin, psilocin and baeocystin. These truffles are derived from the same ...

  6. Edibles in Amsterdam: the ultimate guide 2024

    DutchReview Crew. January 4, 2024. Welcome to our epic guide to edibles in Amsterdam for 2024 (and yes, we'll tell you where to get the best space cake as well, no stress!) You've arrived in Amsterdam and want the full-blown Dutch experience. So you put on clogs, buy a wheel of cheese, bike to the nearest canal, and hire a boat.

  7. Is Amsterdam Safe? (2024 Safety Guide)

    Yes, Amsterdam is safe to travel alone. And actually, it's one of the best places to do it. You can walk around this cultural hub and enjoy things that you can't do anywhere else in the world. However, I do have a few safety tips for travelling solo in Amsterdam and for avoiding any sort of bad vibes, so listen up….

  8. How to use truffles

    But what if things go south and you have a bad trip? ... Among Amsterdam's central canal rings you can find our physical smartshop; When Nature Calls. Since we opened in 1998 our team has always been made up of passionate and diverse individuals who are well educated to have a deep understanding of not only our Amsterdam Truffles but also of ...

  9. What To Do When You're Having a Bad Trip

    A bad trip is unique to each and any individual that encounters such a feeling, and there's no real definition as to what it involves. ... ensuring your safety is essential to that. We know that for many, a trip to Amsterdam is an experience you'll never forget, and one you possibly won't get the chance to make again soon. That's why at ...

  10. 20 things to know before visiting Amsterdam

    4. Budget for a (higher) tourist tax. In 2024, Amsterdam's tourist tax - which is added to the cost of accommodation per night - has risen from 7% to 12.5%, making it now the most expensive in Europe. The tax is charged at a percentage of your accommodation cost, and is payable on arrival.

  11. Is It Safe to Travel to Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is a popular and overall safe place for solo travelers. It is easy to get around the city, which offers effective public transit and bike rentals as well as plenty of bicycle routes. Many locals speak English, in case people traveling on their own may be in need of assistance.

  12. Is Amsterdam Worth Visiting? 10 Reasons For And Against

    5. Public transportation is excellent. Getting around Amsterdam is pretty straightforward. First off, the city is incredibly dense, which means walking from one destination to the next is usually possible. If you need to go a little further, there are metros, trams, buses, and "Sprinter" trains.

  13. How to see the Red Light District in Amsterdam [2024 Guide]

    READ MORE | 14 best clubs in Amsterdam according to locals [2024 guide] With a rotation of performing DJs, pool tables, and numerous screens to stream sports events, no boring night has ever taken place at the Red Light Bar (except maybe during the pandemic). Location: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 61, 1012 DB Amsterdam.

  14. Neighborhoods to avoid and best neighborhoods in Amsterdam

    Here are the few places that are not recommended for tourists: Neighborhood Bijlmermeer which is located well to the south of Amsterdam is a low-cost housing estate which is part of Amsterdam-Zuidoost. It is a red light district to be avoided for tourists looking to find accommodation to visit. The district of Amstel III in Bullewijk which is ...

  15. Is smoking weed in Amsterdam legal? (+ 7 best coffeeshops!)

    Smoking weed has been officially banned in some designated areas of Amsterdam's city centre. You'll see signs like this in some parts of the city centre. Image: DutchReview. Yup, in February of 2023, the municipality of Amsterdam made headlines around the globe when they announced a partial smoking ban, the blowverbod .

  16. What People Don't Understand About Bad Trips.

    When I worked in Amsterdam speaking about psychedelics the number one question for beginners looking to experiment with psychedelics was: ... A Bad Trip is going to be induced depending on how you ...

  17. There's Now A Website To Help You Through Your Bad Trip!

    Deep House Amsterdam Interview with Wolf Story Rao has created "Valen", Inspired by the punchy synths and guitar riffs of Van Halen's "Jump," Top 10 Releases

  18. Amsterdam welcomes decline of nuisance tourism after 'stay away' drive

    Rob Buckwell, 50, from Brighton, visiting with his son Ben and two friends, was in the city for an old-fashioned good time and thinks it is a shame a few idiots give Britons a bad image.

  19. What To Do When You're Having a Bad Trip

    The typical culprit behind a bad trip from smoking bud is anxiety. Anxiety can manifest in countless ways, from making you feel uncomfortable in a crowd of people to making you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. And yes, this next bit of advice is easier said than done, but the very best thing you can do when feeling anxious is try and stay calm.

  20. Amsterdam blocks construction of new hotels to fight overtourism

    April 19, 2024 at 11:46 a.m. EDT. Amsterdam hotels and housing stand behind a construction site for a public transport station in 2022. (Ramon Van Flymen/AFP/Getty Images) In another attempt to ...

  21. Bad Trip Stopper

    Bad Trip Stopper. € 1,50. For both beginners and experienced, the trip stopper can help to minimize a bad trip. Within 20 - 30 minutes the trip will become less intense and just knowing that you can stop the trip you can enjoy more in your experience. Available sizes.

  22. Bad trip in Amsterdam

    Chap goes nuts in the bulldog in Amsterdam and gets nicked!

  23. 19 best day trips from Amsterdam: the ultimate travel guide

    16. Groningen: the hidden gem of the north. Despite being far away from most big cities, Groningen attracts many travel buffs, making it the perfect day trip from Amsterdam if you really want to get out of your surroundings. Groningen has a compact city centre with restaurants and shops, beautiful sites like the Martini Tower and Grote Markt, and contemporary art museums. 🗼

  24. Amsterdam to restrict new hotels and river cruises to curb number of

    The proposals to restrict the way tourists enter and stay in the city predict 271,000 fewer visitors per year via river cruise and aim to limit overnight stays to just 20 million tourists annually ...