Part 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands
As one of Europe most beautiful cities, Amsterdam is a wonderful place to see. I found my time in this city quite enjoyable. The endless canals which are usually decorated with flowers, lined with bikes and floating house boats, were frozen solid. The canals had not frozen in 6 years, so I thought that was a fantastic way to remember my first trip to Amsterdam.
Things to Note While in Amsterdam:
- Even with the weather as cold as it was, the city is very busy and watch out for bicycles and trams while crossing streets since they have right of way. This is no joking matter, my little cousin got hit by a bike.
- English is widely spoken in the Netherlands.
- If you don’t want to spend too much on taxi fare, be sure to take the trains into the city centre. They are conveniently located under the airport.
Places to Stay in Amsterdam:
There are quite a few great hotels but we stayed in an Airbnb which was in Zoetermeer, a city in western Netherlands. We would commuted to the city centre by train since they have such an easy and efficient system.
Things to Do/See in Amsterdam:
- Walking tour is a must if you are in Amsterdam for a short period of time but want to see most of this picturesque city.
- Van Gogh Museum: It has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s pieces, so for any art lover this museum should be at the top of your list.
- Canals: Personally, my favourite part of this city was that you can spend your afternoon wandering around the endless canals that get more picturesque.
- Anne Frank House: Recommended for everyone, especially for those who have read Anne Frank’s memoir; now you have the chance to dive deep into Jewish history and tour the house of the diarist Anne Frank. Fills up quickly so make reservations before hand.
- Rijksmuseum Museum: At the national museum of the Netherlands, you can have an inside look at Dutch history or just admire the beautiful outer building.
Overall, my trip to Amsterdam (and a couple of other cities in the Netherlands) was very enjoyable! I want to make a plan of visiting again in the spring to be there for tulip season.
Have you been to Amsterdam? If you have, how’d you like your time there? What are some things you recommend seeing, do have any favourite places to eat or shop?
If you’d like to check out my Paris Travel Guide it’s the first part to this series.