Read this post to know how I spent my time in Amsterdam and find out the amazing reasons to visit Amsterdam
I Amsterdam. I am so excited to write about this trip as this is one of the most requested blogs so far, so with a sense of great responsibility I shall begin… hope you will love this as well.
“Show me how to party(O gujariya from Queen)…is this the song that comes to your mind when you think of Amsterdam? It is perfect! You are expecting just the right thing and trust me you will get far more and far better version of what you watch in the video…
You will read about the following topics in this post:
- Amsterdam Attractions (Top 10 things)
- Walking Tours
- Where to stay in Amsterdam
- Hotels in Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Currency
- Weather and Time in Amsterdam
- More about Amsterdam!
1. Canal Cruise
There are more options available which offer rides for more duration. Look at the map below. Blue and green lines show the routes of two different boat companies. Redline is for the hop on hop off bus. As you must be knowing, they take you to the popular attractions, you spend some time there and take the next bus to the next attraction. Boats also give this option. It is a good option if you have limited time in Amsterdam as you will cover all the main areas in a single day.The water is a little dirty but you cannot miss a canal ride if you are in Amsterdam. So, do go for a ride. Online bookings are always better. There are different packages available. If you want to book 2 or 3 attractions, you save!
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A. Dam Square
2. National Monument
No, no not me, the pillar behind me is the National monument, I know it was a PJ..
So this is a world war II monument. Every year on 4th May a ceremony is held here in remembrance of the dead. All around the pillar are various figures representing suffering, resistance, peace, victory, new life and more.
You can sit here, do whatever you like. There are no such restrictions.
Apart from this, this is the gathering point for many walking tours..will come to it soon.
3. Royal Palace
Royal Palace is the only palace in the country. It is still used by the royal family and is also open for visitors to enjoy the interiors and history. Plan your visit according to the calendar as the palace is shut for the public during the royal events.
You will find many people dancing, singing and in different get-ups to raise money around the palace.
However, I managed to escape but you don’t make that mistake.
4. Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds is right next to the Royal Palace. This is the view from the top floor and if you look closely then you will see the tram lines on the road as well. Yes, Amsterdam has trams. I really like those.
This is stupid, LOL…
Hritik didn’t make the cut but Jaadu sure did. And I had to rescue him from other tourists.
She is Anne Frank, a Jewish wartime diarist. Many girls in that time in Amsterdam maintained a diary but this girl was different, different because of what she wrote. Her father made efforts after the war to get her work published and he succeeded, the work is admired by many and many movies were also released on her work. Her work was considered literature and she was only 13 when she wrote it!
As I said initially, I had a meeting with Mr. Obama. ;p Ms. Anjela Merkel happened to join us later. Lol…
5. De Bijenkorf
I really liked Stradivarius. It has all kind of products from room decor items to slippers, bags etc. Forever21 is also nice and unlike India, it has a large collection for men. You will also find a food joint here that offers fries with mayonnaise..The same that you got in Brussels. And, in case you missed that blog then check it out here.
There are approx 200 shops. There is no toilet on the entire street. It is a long street mind you but makes a note that you will find 1 toilet on the 4th floor of McD. :D, I am a saviour, isn’t it? And yes, this street has a McD with 4 floors! One more toilet is at the end of the road but it is hard to find, so keep a bladder check while shopping.
Before you think I am showing you this image for the clock tower then let me tell you I want to highlight the shop at its bottom – Heinen Delfts Blauw. It is the end of the street and is most famous for Delft blue pottery. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about it then. I found about it on my way back to India…
– Multi cuisine restaurants
– Adult shops
– Cheese shop
– Coffee shops, almost all the things that will need is available in this lane.
You must try stroopwaffles, Cheese and Chocolate almonds when you are in Amsterdam. Talking about the adult shops, there is one must visit the shop here and it is called CONDOMERIE. I think I should show it to you instead of writing about it. So check out world’s first condom specialty shop.
You will find many walking tour groups outside this shop, explaining all the things…
You will enjoy this street so don’t miss it. There are many bachelor/ bachelorette parades going on the street off and on with fun t-shirts, slogans etc.
8. Red Light District
Ok so first a few points to remember
– Don’t go alone here, go in a group and walking tour will be the best option to choose.- Amsterdam is not only about the red district, it is just a small part of Amsterdam.
– Strict no-no to photography, please don’t try to click any lady’s pic. They are really strict about it.
This area is nearby Dam square and becomes lively around 11 pm. There are many attractions like peep shows, strip club, sex theatres, erotic museums etc. All this was about Dam Square and its neighborhood. Just to remind you that so many above mentioned things are there in this district.
There are many museums in Amsterdam, to name a few,
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank house
As I mentioned earlier, this girl is famous because of her dairy. You can visit her house, tickets are approx 9 euro/adult. The tickets have to be purchased online if you are visiting before July 2018.
10. Heineken Tour
C. The Albert Cuyp Market
Every company has a particular umbrella color, which you will find with the guides.
Do book your ticket asap.
Where to stay in Amsterdam?
By now you must have realized that most of the attractions are within walking distance from the Dam Square.
So, it goes without saying that stay close to the square. You will save some time and money on transportation. The area is happening and is the heart of the capital.This pretty lane is just next to the Warmoesstraat and is house to many decent hotels.
There is this pretty restaurant on this street. It has a good street view like you can see in the side image.
We ordered soup and fries and it was yummy authentic thick tomato soup.
If you want to spend time in the quieter part of the city then prefer to stay in Jordaan.
Hotels in Amsterdam
1) FRANCE HOTEL
You will get free breakfast in the restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. The one decorated with the balloons in the picture. The Dutch are really punctual so if you are even a minute late for breakfast then don’t expect to have one.
The image with the bags is the actual image of the room. You will get basic things in the room like safe, an electric kettle and a heater.
The room rate is approx Rs. 20,000/ night.
2) NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
This is a better option than the above-mentioned hotel. It is right in front of the National Monument. The hotel has spacious rooms are good breakfast options.
The room rate is Rs. 30,000/ night.