Gay Guide To Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A selection of members from Amsterdam.
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It is not surprising that Amsterdam attracts about 4.6 million tourists each year when it has such a distinct culture and a relatively liberal attitude towards sex and drugs. As the capital of the Netherlands and with an urban population of over a million people, there is obviously great deal of diversity in the city. There are some impressive sights to see, with the city’s extensive canal network having led to the nickname of ‘Venice of the North’ being attributed to the city, amazing architecture and thousands of bridges that you can hardly fail to notice. Ultimately, this is a city where you can both enjoy high culture as well as let down your hair and play.
The Netherlands has always taken a progressive approach to LGBT issues and so it is not surprising to learn that same-sex marriage was first legalised in this country. Consequently, you will find an equally liberal attitude towards gay men and lesbians in the capital and plenty of places to socialise and meet other gay individuals. In the city’s centre you will find that there are plenty of gay bars, clubs and restaurants within easy reach, especially in these areas of the city: Zeedijk, Warmoestraat, Amstel, Reguliersdwarsstraat and Kerkstraat. There are also a number of notable events held in the city, including Amsterdam Gay Pride, where there is a canal parade and lots of parties and concerts. There is also Leather Pride, the White Party and Pink Christmas to enjoy.
There are a number of famous museums in Amsterdam, including Anne Frank House, which focuses on the life of Anne Frank, as well as highlighting other incidences of persecution; Rijksmuseum, where you are able to see a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, featuring works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn; there is also the Van Gogh Museum, which is home to the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings. There is also the option to take a boat ride along the canals or take a stroll in one of the parks in the city, such as Vondelpark. If that’s not really your thing, you can always head on over to the red-light district! Ultimately, Amsterdam is a fun and interesting place to visit.
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