Amsterdam is a city full of history and beautiful views, but also synonymous with partying and relaxed drugs laws, which make families and travelers wonder how safe the city really is to travel to.
There are many things that people think about when they think of Amsterdam such as marijuana, prostitution and an abundance of partying college students’ which may lead people to assume crime must be through the roof in the city. It’s important to remember that all cities have crime, but it may be surprising to many that Amsterdam actually has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe.
In 2008 the city was rated 22 out of 215 for the world’s safest cities by Mercer for its 2008 Quality of Life Survey. While other hugely popular tourist destinations for families, such as Paris and London didn’t even make it into the top 50. Many people who visit Amsterdam describe the city as having a more village atmosphere than a city one due to its natives having very carefree attitudes.
While Amsterdam is definitely a safe place for tourists to travel to, probably even more so than most cities, it’s still important to be cautious when ever traveling.