Earlier this year, I visited Amsterdam for a couple of days with P&O Ferries. Amsterdam was a city I wasn’t too fussed about visiting but so many friends raved on about it. I actually fell in love with the city, there was so much to see and do. Everything was so beautiful, the only issue we had was that it rained 24/7 the whole time we were there. I suppose that gives us an excuse to go back, right? Here is a run down on my mini guide to Amsterdam.
First thing’s first is you need to take a boat ride around the canals. With over 100 kilometres of canals, there’s so much to explore and it’s no surprise why they are so famous. Every twist and turn, every bridge is so beautiful. I took so many photos when I was there, the buildings on the canalside are just stunning. Experience the Canals from a different view, hire a bike and take a ride along the canals. I don’t think I would be wrong in saying that bicycles are the main mode of transport in the city, they are everywhere!
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without visiting The Anne Frank House. It is most likely that there will be a long que to get in but it’s well worth it. Amsterdam is also home to many more museums which are completely breathtaking. The Rijksmuseum is a complete must visit and I also really loved the Van Gogh museum. There is around 400 museums in Amsterdam so you are totally spoilt for choice!
For an alternative place to go for a couple of drinks, visit the Ice Bar. Entrance to the bar is about £13 and you have a booked slot although I recommend getting there early as you get a cocktail on arrival. Once it’s your time to enter the ice area, everyone dons their big fluffy coats and gloves before going sub-zero for more drinks. You get two drinks tokens which can be spent on either straight vodka or beer and come in little ice cups. I may be stating the obvious but it’s pretty cold in there but well worth it!
Experience a luxury stay in the heart of Amsterdam at the Waldorf Astoria by Hilton Hotels. I spotted this boutique hotel when visiting the Handbag and Purse Museum and remembered how beautiful it looked. The Waldorf Astoria is the only hotel in Amsterdam to have a Guerlain Spa where you can relax in between exploring the city. There’s also a Michelin starred restaurant where Afternoon Tea is also served. At the moment, Hilton Resorts and Hotels currently have a big promotion running including all four of their hotels in Amsterdam.
I can’t do a city guide without mentioning food, because sometimes food is all that matters. I do have to admit though we wasn’t too adventurous without our eating choices when we visited. What I do recommend is getting three things, they are all pretty simple snacks. Pancakes, Fries and a slice of Apple Pie. I couldn’t recommend The Pancake Bakery enough, the service and food was exceptional and it’s situated just further down from Anne Frank’s House. I love chips in the UK but there’s something about the little takeaway places in European countries such as Belgium, Germany and Holland. They do fries different and they taste damn good. For a life-changing slice of Apple Pie, head down to Winkel 43.
Amsterdam is certainly not short of things to do, I already want to book another trip to explore more museums and just wander along the canals. Have you ever been to Amsterdam before? Do you want to go?