Before I embarked on my trip to Amsterdam, there were three things I knew of the city. The Red light district, Weed and the colour Orange. All three things mentioned are closely associated with Amsterdam however it has far more things going for it. It’s slowly becoming one of my favourite european cities. I love the architecture, open skyline, rich history, the picturesque canals and relaxed laid back attitude towards life.
Amsterdam is a city with choices there’s so much to do, so to try and do them in 3 days was a little challenging nevertheless I wanted to at least give it a try. Now the advantage or disadvantage to this trip was I was on my own so it was just a matter of deciding where to go. Here is an overview of my 3 days in Amsterdam.
Free Walking Tour
A great way of getting yourself familiar with the city is by a walking tour. You’ll learn about the history, find out where the major sites are and explore the canals. There are free walking tours across the city however I would recommend the the New Europe walking tour. It covers a lot of the areas and gives you an overview of the city and landmarks. The tour meets in the main square and lasts about 3 hours. (Its always nice to tip your guide)
You cannot come to Amsterdam and not do a canal tour, the city is tied to the water. I lost count how many canals there I saw. The canals of Amsterdam are extremely beautiful, and there’s nothing like seeing the city from a boat. Skip the big canal boat tours you see around the city – they can be overpriced. Opt for a private boat tour for about 20 Euros an hour or the open-air Canal Hopper Small Boat. The boats are smaller and the tours are more intimate, making it a good personalised tour. The tour usually lasts about 1 hour.
Van Gogh Museum
This is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, however don’t let the crowds put you off. To avoid the crowds its always a good idea to book online. The museum features many of Van Gogh’s best works of art alongside an excellent biography of his life and laid out in chronological order, starting with his earliest works. Though not a huge museum, I can spend hours just staring at the paintings as Van Gogh is one of my favourite painters. The museums also has paintings by other famous artists of the period, like Monet, Manet, and Matisse. Try to come late in the late afternoon when there are less of the crowds.
The Anne Frank House was smaller than I imagined, It was over before I knew it. I found It a little disappointing as I had wanted to go according to my own pace but because of the crowd it felt like we were being shuffled along to make way for the next group of tourists. However the house is amazing with furniture, newspaper clippings frozen in time. It’s important you book online at least 1 month before the trip or else theres no guarantee there would be tickets.
The Tulip Museum
This Museum is located in a room inside a tulip shop. A little basement museum that tells the story of the history of tulips in Holland. I really enjoyed this, I have never seen so many variations of tulips before. You’ll never find a crowd, and it’s only 5 euros.
There are bikes everywhere in Amsterdam, so its essential you do a bike tour. Amsterdam loves bikes and apparently there are more bikes than there are people. I find that very hard to believe as there are a lot of people in Amsterdam. In fact forget about keeping an eye out for cars, its the bikes that you should look out for. I lost count how many times I almost got ran over. Sightseeing on a bike in Amsterdam is something I would definitely recommend. The company to use would be Mike’s Bike Tours, wether to rent or for a tour.
I was heading towards Vondelpark to relax and people watch and I was redirected to go to Oosterpark instead. I was told ‘Everyone goes to Vondelpark to sit around and get high, its over crowded.’ ‘Go to Oosterpark instead. This is how I discovered Oosterpark, it’s about 30 minutes away from the city centre. The walk takes you through residential areas of the city not often seen by tourists nevertheless it was far quieter and peaceful than Vonderpark.
Here it is, my adventures in 3 days I definitely could’ve explored more. Here are some of the places I didn’t get to see. I’m hoping to come back again soon.
Amsterdam History Museum
The Jordaan Area
Jewish Historical Museum
The Rembrandt House Museum
Museum Van Loon
Waterlooplein Flea Market
Have you been to Amsterdam? How long were you there? What did you think of the city? Thank you for stopping by. Always good to hear from you let me know your thoughts.
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