Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam

My Time in Amsterdam – Holiday Destination Ideas!

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Read this post to know how I spent my time in Amsterdam – See – Eat – Shop 

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…

Saniya Puri - in a cafe, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saniya Puri – in a cafe, My time in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is not only about the red district but much more. You will see beautiful architecture, eat yummy stroopwaffles, shop till you drop and will live your self to the fullest. But, all this really depends on the kind of area you are staying in. Fortunately, I chose the perfect area and had a wonderful time in Amsterdam. I will cover the rest in ‘Where to stay?’ section. Also, before I forget to mention it. I met Mr. Obama here, ya ya..Mr. Barack Obama. He was here for a meeting and we just happened to bump into each other.
The entire story is later in this blog..stay put! ;P
Amsterdam has many districts and each district has a different lifestyle. This place is full of life and the culture is amazing. It is so for all age groups as long as you are open-minded.
This country can cater to all kind of people. The key to enjoying your trip is the choice of the area you choose to stay in. Don’t worry I ‘ll help you out :D.
The best thing about Amsterdam is that there are many free walking tours available and you will love all of them. Check out those later in here…
And, like always I have a small video to show you, this is how I enjoyed my time in Amsterdam 

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!

Amsterdam Attractions

 In this section, I will discuss the top 10 things to do in Amsterdam and will do so area wise just so that you can plan your trip easily. 🙂

1. Canal Cruise

Lover's canal cruise, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lover’s Canal cruise, Things to do in Amsterdam 
Take lovers boat for a 1-hour ride to see this amazing city.
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.

City map of Amsterdam with boat and bus routes
City Guide, Things to do in Amsterdam 

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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2. Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Things to do in Amsterdam 
If you love taking photographs then this is your dreamland. Make funny poses, think out of the box, take numerous pictures and make stories like I did! You will easily spend 2 to 3 hours here depending on your capacity to click pictures…
There are hardly any Bollywood/Indian stars inside but Mahatma Gandhi… You might not know many statues inside but still, you will enjoy. Definitely, buy tickets online and get better prices and access to fast-track entrance as well. Book tickets a day before at least. The price will be approx 19.50 euros. If you book 2 or 3 attractions together, you will save!
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

This is stupid, LOL…

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

Hritik didn’t make the cut but Jaadu sure did. And I had to rescue him from other tourists.

Then Charlie Chaplin was thinking, where is Jaadu hiding…
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

Rafael Nadal, the tennis player. I was helping 😀

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

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!

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

As I said initially, I had a meeting with Mr. Obama. ;p Ms. Anjela Merkel happened to join us later. Lol…

There are many more such amazing statues in here for you to create many wonderful stories.

A. Dam Square

Dam Square is actually a square surrounded by monuments, shops, cafes, restaurants, entertainment etc.. This is the heart of the city. You need at least 2 days to check out all the attractions in Dam Square and it’s neighbourhood.
You will find the following attractions here:

3. National Monument

The Nationa Monument, Amsterdam
The Nationa Monument, My time in Amsterdam 

No, no not me, the pillar behind me is the National monument, I know it was a PJ

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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.

 

4. Royal Palace

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Royal Palace is the only palace in the country. It is still used by the royal family and is also open for the 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.

There is a story behind this picture. I clicked this picture when I was a little far from him. When he realized this, he was after my life to drop a few cents in his glass. For a moment I thought he will run after me, LOL.
However, I managed to escape but you don’t make that mistake.

– Madame Tussauds

View from Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Travel Diaries
View from Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

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.

5. De Bijenkorf

Look at the above picture and see the building on the right. This is for all those who are looking for luxury brands. It is open from 10:00 am to 09:00 pm.
This is a 5-floor house to almost all the luxury brands in the world. Floors are divided category wise like the ground floor is for make-up and handbags. The prices are better than that in India.
4th floor has a tax free lounge which refunds all the tax that you have paid while shopping in this building. There are two options to get the refund, either to your credit card or by cash. But there is a catch, if you want cash back then you get less than half of the estimated amount as they charge some fees.  So better is to get it transferred to your card. But you don’t get it then and there. They give you a receipt and you have to show it at the De Bijenkorf counter at the airport and then drop the stamped receipt in the nearby drop box. If you don’t then your refund will be not be transferred to your credit card. So make sure to deposit the receipt. You get it back in approx 10days.
5th-floor has a world-class food court for you to cherish high tea and pastries.

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6. Kalverstraat

Just next to Madame Tussauds is the busiest shopping street in the capital. It has a variety of shops and food joints from McD to Pandora. You will see brands from different parts of the world.

 

Klaverstraat, Amsterdam
Klaverstraat, My favourite time in Amsterdam 
Fries, Klaverstraat, Amsterdam
Fries, Klaverstraat, Amsterdam
Kalverstraat, Amsterdam
Kalverstraat, Amsterdam

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 make 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.

Flowers, kalverstraat, Amsterdam
Flowers, kalverstraat, Amsterdam
You will also find these lovely flowers midway down the street.
Heinen Delfts Blauw, Amsterdam
Heinen Delfts Blauw, Amsterdam

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..

7. Warmoesstraat

Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Warmoesstraat, Things to do in Amsterdam 
It is one of the best streets in Amsterdam, right behind De Bijenkorf. This should actually top the list of “Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam”. You will find the following stuff in this lane:
– Multi cuisine restaurants
– Adult shops
– Cheese shop
– Supermarket
– Bars
– 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…

Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam

You will enjoy this street, so don’t miss it. You will also see some bachelor/ bachelorette parades here and those are really nice.. with fun t-shirts, slogans etc.

8. Red Light District

Ok so first a few points to remember

Red Light District,behind Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Red Light district, Amsterdam

– 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 the Dam Square and its neighbourhood. Just to remind you that so many above mentioned things are there in this district.

9. Museums

There are many museums in Amsterdam, to name a few,

– Rijksmuseum

If you want to visit only one museum then visit this because you will find I AMSTERDAM symbol right outside this place. It is at the back side of the museum.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 
You can book your tickets online, it is approx 17.50 euro per adult.

– Van Gogh Museum

It is near the above-mentioned museum. It has world’s largest collection of Vincent’s work. You should book your tickets online. The ticket is approx 18 euro/adult.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

– Anne Frank house

Anne Frank Statue, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anne Frank Statue, Amsterdam

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.

You can check out the places where she used to hide during world war II, her work and illustrations etc.

10. Heineken Tour

If you love beer then this is the place to be, you get an interactive tour of the brewery. The tour is 1.5 hours long and costs approx 18 euros. You also get 2 beers during the tour.
Heineken Tour, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Heineken Tour, Amsterdam
Here is your chance to know as much as you want about your favourite drink. People under 18 yrs can visit the brewery but will not be served beer. Try and avoid visits on Saturday as it is one of the busiest days of the week.
In case you miss your tour on the scheduled day then you can come back within 7 days to redeem the ticket.
There is also a VIP tour option for visitors but it is expensive, approx 55 euros/person. In that tour, you get 5 beers, snacks, personalized gift and a guided tour of the brewery.

B. Jordaan

This is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the capital. I was short on time so I couldn’t visit this place but you must not miss this. Anne Frank’s house is in this area and “The Nine Street” is here- *The shopping street*, you will also find some good restaurants here.
Jordaan street, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jordaan, Amsterdam
The nine street, shopping area, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Nine Street, Amsterdam
If you want to know more about this area then you can visit this site.

C. The Albert Cuyp Market

This is one of the biggest markets in Europe. Though this is not the greatest market but is the largest flea market. You will not get bored here easily. You will get all kinds of stuff here, from food to jewellery to clothes. It is a daily market, except Sundays. The opening hours are from 9am – 5pm.
The Albert Cuyp Market, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Albert Cuy Market, Amsterdam
You can check out this guide to the market. This is not something must visit types but if you are going for the Heineken tour then you can visit this as well.

WALKING TOURS

There are many free walking tours organized by various companies, most of which originate around Dam square. You get most of the details through city tour guides available at the hotel.
Every company has a particular umbrella color, which you will find with the guides.

Do book your ticket asap.

Where to stay in Amsterdam?

Near Warmoesstraat, Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Near Warmoesstraat, Things to do 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.

Hotels in Amsterdam are expensive, especially during tourist seasons. So try to book rooms early. The room size will be compact.
Near Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Near Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam

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.

Restaurant near Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Restaurant near Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Bagwati in Amsterdam
Bagwati in Amsterdam

The other image shows my bagwati which also had a fantabulous time.

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

The hotel is very close to the Dam square, just on the lane shown above. The rooms are small but can be adjusted with.
The France Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
France hotel, Amsterdam
The France Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
France hotel, Amsterdam

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 the breakfast then don’t expect to have one.

The breakfast is simple, you will get bread, butter, jam, chocolate spread etc and a couple of non-vegetarian options.
France Hotel, Amsterdam

 

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.

Book your hotel right now!

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.

Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
NH HOTEL, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Currency

Euros are used in Amsterdam, 1 Euro ~ 80 INR (March 2018)
Currency, Euros
Euro

Weather and Time in Amsterdam

August is the hottest with the temperature around 17 C and January is the coldest with the temperature around 3 C.
So July and August are the ideal seasons for the trip according to the weather. According to shopping sale session, January and July should be your target months.
Amsterdam follows GMT+2. India (GMT+5.5) is 3 hrs 30 mins ahead of Amsterdam.

Some more things in Amsterdam!

Rickshaw, Amsterdam
Rickshaw, Amsterdam

– You will find this one of a kind rickshaws here.

– This is Amsterdam central station, from where you board and deboard trains.
Amsterdam Central station
Amsterdam Central station, Things to do in Amsterdam 
This is where boats take rest.
Somewhere near Dam Square
Somewhere near Dam Square

 

Somewhere near Red Light District
Somewhere near Red Light District, Amsterdam Travel Diaries
3 days stay is a must in Amsterdam. I had a wonderful time in Amsterdam and as always I have missed a few things here (to fulfill my shopping dreams) but nevertheless I have reasons to visit this city again now. Isn’t that great!
Don’t miss out all the fun I had in Brussels. Check it out now…
Amsterdam - Way back home
Amsterdam – Way back home
Save your money on attraction with amazing tips. Plan your Europe trip – a perfect spring break on budget.

I bid adieu now! Will meet you all very soon with another adventure trip to … that’s a surprise but stay guessing…

Enjoy your life because this particular moment – in your life, is your life because you never know what happens tomorrow or even if there is any tomorrow or not. So go and book your holidays and create memories…write your book with your wonderful memories.

And, before I say bye I would like to help you further through the following blog. You are welcome!
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