Amsterdam is a place like no other, it’s an incredible city.
My boyfriend and I stayed at a hostel called CityHub and it was so unique – one of my favourite places I have ever stayed at. The rooms are very different – they are all connected in a bunk-bed style and it almost looks like you’re in a spaceship! My description may sound strange but I promise you, it was a great experience and I would stay there again! The rooms are very small and you do need to share the toilets and showers with others, BUT, you do get a large bed and the entire place is very clean and the staff is amazing (very hip and trendy people)! I’m excited to go back to Amsterdam just so I can stay there again!
Amsterdam is a city of canals – there is a total of 165 canals and they are absolutely beautiful and a must see through a canal cruise! A canal tour is a great way to start off a trip in Amsterdam as it gives you a great overview of the city so that you know which areas you’ll want to go visit later. There are TONS of tours and they usually last an hour and includes an audio guide explaining the different areas of Amsterdam. We were fortunate enough to go on two different canal cruises – one during the day and one at night.
Most of the attractions we visited were free admission or had a discount because we had the IAmsterdam city cards. These cards gives you free admission to museums, attractions and public transport throughout the city for a limited time. We decided to get the 24-hour cards because we figured we could do everything in one day… which we later found out, we couldn’t do everything.
With our IAmsterdam cards, we decided to go to Artis Royal Zoo as it was one of the free attractions with our IAmsterdam cards. The zoo was not too big, but it had every animal you could think of!
After the zoo, we went to visit the Heineken Brewery Tour to see the world famous Heineken brewery. The IAmsterdam card gave us a discount so instead of paying €18 per person, we paid €13.50 AND we got a free gift AND a free night canal cruise. The Heineken tour was fantastic, it takes a couple of hours to go through as it includes details about the history of the beer empire, a very fun interactive video about the brewing process where you literally become the beer itself. The tour also gives you a chance to make your own videos, pictures, learn to draft a beer and of course – beer tasting! Amazing tour. Must see.
After the tour, we ventured off down towards the famed area of the Red Light District. A quick walk through just to get an idea of what all the fuss is about… it was interesting.
The next morning, we decided to visit the Van Gogh Museum, where a large collection of artwork from Van Gogh are on display. It was interesting to see, I don’t know much about paintings but it was very cool to see everything.
After lunch, we took a walk in the city’s biggest park – Vondelpark, a popular public park crossed by bike paths, scenic ponds, fountains, monuments and an open air theater. It was very beautiful, I just wish we could see it in the spring/summer time when the grass is green and there are leaves in the trees!
Our last stop was to go see the iconic “IAmsterdam” sign and take some photos.
I used to think Amsterdam was one of those places you could see in a day or two – boy was I wrong. I did see most of the things I wanted to, but it was all very rushed.
If you planning on visiting Amsterdam make sure you have at least 2 days or more as it will tough to visit anything in less time!
Have you visited Amsterdam before? What was your experience like?