Amsterdam has its cultural side to and is not too much over an eyebrow raised or overload for teenagers too , teenagers can perhaps get a little over awed as can anyone when going round museums but plan your day right then your trip need not be a problem. And you'll enjoy Amsterdam as a family together with not a grumpy teenager in sight or sound .
1. Anne Frank Museum
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to Anne Frank's House . Anne documented her experience of life in hiding from the annex of this house during the Nazi occupation. The location of the Jewish Frank family hiding place during WWII. Teenage Anne documented her experience from the annex of this Amsterdam house, over 1 million people visit this museum each year so booking before you come is highly recommend . We visited early in the morning and before hand visited the little cafe down some steps to the left of the building for a continental breakfast coffee and hot chocolate. Online booking us easy and really not expensive at all but be prepared to keep looking as the tickets get snapped up quickly . I recommend that you keep looking each day till you see the tickets as it seems the tickets are released in batches , and an early morning sets you up for the rest of the day in Amsterdam.
2. Canal Cruise
The iconic Amsterdam canals are suitable for all ages not just teenagers. The magnificence beauty of the iconic buildings and canals will enthrall any teen. There are many canal trips available out there and you can getbamboozled by all the choice out there , we took advantage of an offer we saw while having breakfast to the left of Anne Frank's house which was 14 Euros for an hour and a half tour , which I thought was quite reasonable. There is a 100 km of canals which to explore which you can either explore on a tour or on one of the hop on hop off canal boats. Characteristically the Amsterdam canals are lined with tall, thin skinny buildings that do have a rather unnerving lean but this is to allow the building to remain undamaged when items are hoisted up and down via the hooks you'll see on buildings. It is fascinating to see the mix of accommodation along the hotel from the house boat accommodation of the 1960s and 1970s to the posh hotels that the likes of pop stars and royalty , politicians stay at.
The bicycle of Amsterdam are iconic and they definitely seem to outnumber people , I think that Amsterdam is the bicycling capital of the world
4. Van Gogh museum is evidence that my teenager does actually pay attention probably more than I do , the museum has a light and airy feel to it which the whole family will love. I was wondering at the museum why the sunflower painting was here as I thought it was else where in the world so how could it possibly be here ? Seems there that Van Gogh painted 5 versions of this so it pays to read the information labels .
5. Museumplein The museum is in an area called museumplein it's a beautiful open area in a city that is short on green space , it is the pinnacle of sophistication and it is 19th century. To the south of museumplein is Vonderpark . It is here in Museum square that will you will find the iconic "I Amsterdam " letters along with everyone else who is looking for them and subsequently finds them ! They are defiantly a must on your photographic click about Amsterdam though if you want to get there and actually see all the letters tourist free then I suggest you go early in the morning and I mean early !