Amsterdam Travel Diary

It’s been about 4 years since I first visited Amsterdam. It was booked quite spontaneously with one of my close friends and was my first holiday without my parents, and I then revisited as part of my interrailing trip a year or so later. As you can imagine, with it being so long ago my memory of what exactly we did day to day is a little hazy, but it’s one of my favourite destinations, so I’ll try pick out the ‘best bits’ for this Amsterdam travel diary!

photo of amsterdam central station with text overlay "Amsterdam Travel Diary"

One of my favourite experiences in Amsterdam was the Canal Tour. We chose a hop on-hop off option as we wanted to try and see as much of the city as possible in the limited time we had. The tour itself is around 28€, but when you think this is for a 24hr ticket, I think that’s a very reasonable price! Being on the boat is so relaxing and gives you a moment to step back and really appreciate Amsterdam for what it is. The boat stops at a variety of tourist hot-spots, but we chose to explore the Nemo Science Museum and The Diamond Museum, both of which were amazing attractions that I would highly recommend.

Amsterdam Canal


Amsterdam Canal

Another highlight for me was the tallest church in Amsterdam, Westerkerk. The church itself is open pretty much all year round but the tower is only open in the summer months. Standing at around 275ft high, you are guaranteed a really spectacular view from the top! I think the entrance fee for Westerkerk was pretty small, around €7, and it’s well worth a visit!

Westerkerk Tower View

It goes without saying that not all of our time in Amsterdam was spent so innocently. There are a variety of coffee shops (some nicer than others) if that is something that interests you and then there is, of course, the Red Light District. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect when visiting the Red Light District, but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable I felt there. We visited on a Saturday evening (which looking back may not have been a wise idea) so it was very busy with tourists, but at no point did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. On a similar note, we also visited the famous Sex Museum. Let’s just say nothing is left to the imagination in there!

amsterdam sex museum

I won’t go into detail on any of the other attractions I have visited, as this post would go on forever, but I’ll include some links below if you are planning an Amsterdam visit soon! Maybe one day soon I’ll go back and I’ll have an updated Amsterdam travel diary to share with you all!

ARTIS Zoo – Some of the enclosures are a little small for my liking, but it was still a good day out!
I Am Amsterdam Sign – Because you just have to, right?
EYE Film Museum – Very interesting if you are a film/media lover
Sweetella – Best crepes in town, no lie.
Vondelpark – Great for relaxing and gorgeous!

Ps. I got a very spontaneous tattoo the first time I visited Amsterdam, but I can’t remember or find the name of the place I got it!

Have you visited Amsterdam? What were your favourite things to do? Check out my other travel diaries here.

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  1. amylouiseweb says

    I went to Amsterdam last September and loved it! I went with my boyfriend as our first trip together. We visited the Anne Frank house, Nemo science museum, sex museum, Rembrandt house, Van Gogh museum, A’DAM tower (my personal fave… so good!) plus more. Such a great place to travel 🙂 x

  2. FetchCandle says

    I’ve been to Amsterdam just once, but only on the Shiphol airport. I wish I could go back, especially that I’m very keen on riding a bike, and the city seems like a great place to sightsee by bike. Hope you had a great time, the red lght district must have been quite interesting!

  3. Miriam H. says

    I have never been to Amsterdam but i have always wanted to!
    Everyone I know who has been there says its incredible!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Juliet says

    Beautiful post with gorgeous photos 🙂 I’ve never been to Amsterdam but I am putting it on my list now. Saving your post for later!
    x, Juliet

  5. BethRebecca says

    I’m going to Amsterdam in August and reading this gets me so excited to go! What was your favourite place you went/did in Amsterdam?

  6. graceflood1996 says

    Love this post, can definitely relate to this as I visited for my 21st back in March 2017. Amsterdam definitely didn’t fail to disappoint particularly when I went to the Anne Frank Huis which was eye-opening, The Sex Museum and the Red Light District was also exactly how I imagined it however I didn’t realise how liberated the women were over there. What was your favourite part of the trip?

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