Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
There are certain things any self-respecting visitor to Amsterdam has to do.
And they’re not in the Red Light District or coffee shops, thank you very much.
No visit to the Netherlands’ capital city is complete without a canal cruise, for example.
You have to drop by the famous Rijksmuseum, if only to pay homage to Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.”
And power museum-goers couldn’t forgive themselves if they passed up the Van Gogh Museum or the Hermitage Amsterdam, a branch of the St. Petersburg, Russia institution that opened in 2009.
But all of this sightseeing can add up; adult admission to everything above totals 54.50 euros, or about $78.
That’s why it can make financial sense for tourists to invest in an “I amsterdam City Card.” The card gets you into all of Amsterdam’s main museums and includes a canal cruise as well as access to bus, tram and metro lines. It entitles you to discounts at certain restaurants and on rentals at MacBikes, so you can make like a local and pedal your way through the most bike-crazed city in the world. The card also comes with a 150-page booklet full of easy-to-use maps and tips from Amsterdam locals.
Three versions of the cards are available: They’re good for 24, 48 or 72 hours and cost 39, 49 and 59 euros (about $55, $70 and $84), respectively.
Pick one up at any Amsterdam tourist information office and some hotels and participating museums.