Thursday, 8 October 2015

5 things you absolutely have to do in Amsterdam

Last month, I flew to Amsterdam for a weekend trip as a surprise for one of my friends 21st birthday and it was pretty great. Perhaps being the last person on earth to visit the city (did I mention that I exaggerate a tad?), I was really excited to see for myself if this place I'd heard so much about, lived up to expectations.

Staying for just two nights, it was a short but sweet trip so if, like me, you're on a pretty right schedule, here are the top five things you have to do in Amsterdam...

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is incredible. The historic house and museum, which is dedicated to the Jewist wartime diarist, Anne Frank, offers information about the young girl's life, the house that was her hiding place during World War Two and the famous diary she wrote there. With so many museums to see in Amsterdam, you are completely spoilt for choice but in my opinion, the Anne Frank House is the number 1 pick. The queue to get in is l-o-n-g however, and even at 5pm, we waited in line around 25 minutes so be prepared but it's completely worth it. After visiting the museum, I immediately went straight into the stop and bought her diary to read.

Eat and drink (obvs)
Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops of course but if, like me, you prefer the smell of sweet, sweet waffles, worry not, because Amsterdam is also pretty well known for those doughy treats too! Cheese is also one of their specialities and holy moly, I was pretty much in a food coma the whole time we were there. Just so, so good.

Rijk Museum
Upon the words 'art and history' being spoken, I can't help but switch off and start thinking about what I'm going to eat next, so when I heard about the Rijk museum, I wasn't that fussed about paying it a visit. However, upon stumbling across it (which is ironic if you've been because it's absolutely ginormous and definitely something normal people don't 'stumble' upon, bless me), I was so so glad that I had the chance to change my own mind because it's great. Even people who have little knowledge of art (read: none whatsoever) can appreciate it, and if I'm being honest, it's far better than the IAMAMSTERDAM signs located behind it, which were a complete disappointment to me - an unpopular opinion, I know.

Blomenmarket is the world's only floating flower market and it is just stunning. Not somewhere that you would visit for more than 30 minutes, but definitely worth seeing. And smelling.

Ride bikes
I can't even believe I'm about to say this but... We didn't ride bikes :( With staying for such a short amount of time, we just didn't get the chance to do it but if you're planning a trip soon, make time. Be careful, because there are cars, buses, trams, cycles and pedestrians flying about everywhere but yes,  hire a bike for me. Please.

Amsterdam is a beautiful city, with gorgeous views wherever you turn. The amount of photos I have on my phone of different canals at different angles is actually pretty ridiculous but who can resist a scenic shot? Not me.

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  1. Love thissss! I can get from Paris to Amsterdam for almost no money so it's definitely on my list for the year! Now I know where to go (:

    Imii xx |

    1. I would definitely recommend it! It's a beautiful place x

  2. Amsterdam is definitely on my go-to places in Europe. I would love to tour the place on bicycle :)

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  3. I'm going to Amsterdam next spring with my family, so definitely will check out some of your suggestions! Thank you for sharing :) x

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