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’!
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.
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!
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!
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 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?