Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and its largest city. This place attracts a lot of tourists – every year more than 4 million people come here. Someone is attracted by numerous museums, but someone is interested in the spirit of freedom that reigns here. There are few places in the world where prostitutes openly sell themselves, and in coffeeshops one can legally taste light drugs.
The culture of the country is very interesting, but in the city there are representatives of more than 170 peoples. This makes Amsterdam a vibrant, noisy and unusual place. This ancient city has been here for more than 700 years.
Even for Europeans this place seems unusual and mysterious. Amsterdam is surrounded by numerous myths, which, on the one hand, are intriguing, and on the other hand, frighten and prevent properly perceive this fabulous city. Let’s find out what he really is.
Amsterdam is enveloped in the smoke of marijuana.
Coffeeshops are really everywhere, but you can smoke in them. The use of marijuana in a public place is prohibited, but in special places, or in a private home, it is not forbidden. In most bars, hotels or restaurants will look askance at tourists who use openly light drugs. If you do this in front of others, you can get the attention of the police. That will quickly write a fine for the corresponding violation. Amsterdam is both liberal and free. Where the place for pleasures ends, one must observe the norms of morality.
In Amsterdam, you can smoke in bars almost round the clock.
Far from all share the passion of tourists to night walks. In bars, usually at one in the morning, visitors are sent out, however, at the weekend this time is extended to three o’clock in the morning.
In Amsterdam, the police do not have the right to search people.
This myth appeared, thanks to the film “Pulp Fiction”. There it was alleged that in this city the policeman had no right to search the suspect for no particular reason. So a representative of the authorities can not inspect the bag, car or house without the permission of the owner or judge. But since 2011 the Amsterdam mayor’s office has introduced a certain “security zone” into which the city center entered. Here the police are already allowed to inspect things and conduct a search without the permission of the private person. So representatives of the law are fighting illegal possession of weapons. And in 2013, a new law appeared, allowing the mayor to designate certain areas as temporary “security zones”.
Amsterdam is the capital of debauchery.
This is the main misconception about the Dutch capital. Quite a liberal attitude towards prostitution and the use of marijuana really attract many tourists here. But the sex industry thrives only in some specially designated areas of the city, the most famous of them is the Red Light District. But in the daytime this is the most common place, which does not stand out from others. There are even historical sights – churches and museums. Where more noticeable coffeeshops. Their ubiquitous distribution in the city center gives the impression that drugs are very common in Amsterdam. In fact, in the Netherlands they are consumed less than in many European countries and the same America. A lot of coffeeshops in the historical center, and in other remote areas they practically can not be met.
The Queen resides in the Royal Palace Koninkljjk Paleis.
In fact, this palace is only one of the three allocated to the royal family of the Netherlands. And Queen Beatrix does not always live here. Her residence is Huis ten Bosch (literally “House in the Woods”) in The Hague. Wilhelm I in 1815 appointed this palace as the royal residence. Another palace, Noordeinde, in the same Hague is considered to be the working place of the queen. And the Royal Palace in Dam Square is used for official receptions. Here in 2002 he married the heir to the Dutch throne.The Royal Palace hosts the annual New Year’s royal reception, as well as various awards ceremonies.
The train from the airport to the city railway station takes half an hour.
From the airport of the city to its center there is a high-speed railway. The whole journey takes only about 10 minutes.
There are a lot of addicts in Amsterdam.
If the tourist returns to his hotel before 23:00, then people who smoke on the streets risk not to see at all. Fans of marijuana appear closer to the late evening, and even then – immediately go to coffeeshops. I must say that 90% of the public there are foreigners. In public places it is generally forbidden to use drugs. Amsterdam looks like a calm city, you can not be afraid that a drug addict will grab a bag in search of funds for another “dose”. And the police work together. Even at night you can walk around the coffeeshop with a camera, camera and money without the risk of being robbed.
Amsterdam is a small city in which the tourist has nothing to do.
Of course, by its size and population, the capital of the Netherlands is inferior to such giants as Paris and London. In fact, in Amsterdam, you can stay for a few days and constantly discover for yourself something new. There are many museums and interesting places, the tourist will find where to find himself.
In the Quarter of the Red Lanterns are constantly robbed or attacked.
In fact, this is one of the safest places in the city. The police are constantly patrolling the neighborhood. Most sex workers have private bodyguards that provide security for both the performer and the client. In the 1970-80s this place was really insecure. At the corners of drug addicts sold each other heavy drugs. Anarchy reigned in the very quarter. But the authorities superseded the negative, deciding to lead that which can not be defeated. The number of prostitutes selling their bodies outside the window has also decreased. The police also set up surveillance cameras everywhere.
In the Red Light District, only prostitutes and erotic shows are collected.
In part this statement is true, but only life here is boiling much more diverse. The quarter sheltered hundreds of different establishments – mostly restaurants and shops. Here, in the historic center of the city, many go even for the sake of architecture. Do it better before dark, until the streets are filled with tourists.
There are no restrictions in coffeeshops.
There are some laws that stores strictly abide by. So, visitors should be at least 18 years old and you can buy no more than 5 grams of “grass” per day in any store. I must say that this is quite a lot.
All drugs in Amsterdam are sold to coffeeshops.
First of all, it should be noted that, in addition to marijuana and mushrooms, other drugs are illegal. Ecstasy and acid can be bought secretly in open-air, and in the evenings in the center of Amsterdam, black dealers offer ecstasy and cocaine, but this is an extremely dubious option. At a certain moment smart shops were opened for the sale of mushrooms in the city. However, these drugs with narcotic effects are far more unsafe than marijuana. The effect of fungi is stronger and unpredictable. In addition, in smartshopah you can buy dietary supplements, but their effect is based on self-hypnosis. And in groushopah you can buy special kits for growing narcotic drugs and detailed instructions for this.
There are no restrictions on behavior in the Red Light District.
As already mentioned, you can hardly walk around with a jamb. The inhabitants of this harsh place are very disliked when they are photographed. Prostitutes are unlikely to get out of their windows, but then a tourist with a camera may well pour water from the upper floors. Most often privacy will be protected by a muscular bodyguard, which will require the removal of pictures of representatives of the sex industry.