My Time in Amsterdam – Holiday Destination Ideas!

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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…

Saniya Puri - in a cafe, My time in Amsterdam - Amazing Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
Saniya Puri – in a cafe, My time in Amsterdam – Amazing Reasons to Visit 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. 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, Incredible Reasons to Visit 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.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!

City Guide, Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
City Guide, Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam

Visit Brussels to make your holidays chocolaty, read more here

 

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:

2. National Monument

 
The Nationa Monument, My time in 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..

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

Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam

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.

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.

4. Madame Tussauds

View from Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam
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.

Madame Tussauds, Incredible Reasons to Visit Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds, Incredible Reasons to Visit 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 as 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!
 
 

This is stupid, LOL…

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

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.

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