Heineken Experience#17 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
The Heineken Experience, which takes place in the old Heineken Brouwerij (Heineken Brewery), is a must-do for fans of the fermented beverage. And according to its website, the Heineken Experience will dip visitors "chin deep" into the popular beer. Among the attractions housed in the century-old factory are a virtual-reality ride, a history of the Heineken family and a free beer tasting. A downloadable app takes visitors on a historical journey through the factory (available for iPhones and Androids). You should note that only those 18 and older are able to partake in the tasting.
Although some recent travelers highly recommend taking the tour at the Heineken experience, others described it as a marketing ploy rather than a tutorial in the beer-brewing process (the real brewery used for production sits on the outskirts of Amsterdam; this location is simply a museum).
The brewery is open daily (Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.); during July and August, the Heineken Experience is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult tickets cost 18 euros (about $22.25). Tickets for kids (ages 12 to 17) cost 14.50 euros (about $18); children ages 11 and younger are admitted for free (keep in mind children are only allowed to enter with an adult and are not served any alcohol). The Heineken Experience is accessible via the 7, 10 and 24 tram routes, and indoor parking is available nearby. For more information, visit the website.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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