The testosterone-fuelled stag parties of young chaps roaming the Red Light District know exactly what they’re doing here: Amsterdam is one of the wildest nightlife cities in Europe, if not the world. And there’s plenty of fun to be had away from the Red Light District, too – the city's two premier places to party are Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein, both in the Southern Canal Ring neighbourhood. Generous subsidies help support a flourishing arts scene in Amsterdam, with loads of big concert halls, theatres, cinemas and other performance venues filled on a regular basis. Music fans will be in their element, as there’s a fervent subculture for just about every genre, especially jazz, classical and dance music. The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage (in 2001), and Amsterdam’s gay scene is among the world’s largest.