Last week I spend a couple of days in Amsterdam with my Mum. I’ve never been before so we wanted to see all the main sights. We only had 32 hours in the city so the trip was quite full on. I do love a good travel diary so I’m doing a couple of posts of what we got up to in Amsterdam. We travelled to Amsterdam on a P&O Mini Cruise which you can read all about here and they also provide your transfers from Rotterdam port to Amsterdam’s Central Station.
Whilst in Amsterdam, we stayed in the Eden Hotel Amsterdam, which was located on Amstel right by the canal. It was a lovely hotel and in quite a central location with a nearby tram stop. After checking in at the hotel we wandered to the Flower market or Bloemenmarkt if you’re a local. The market was quite touristy. I thought it was all going to be fresh flowers but there was a lot of stalls selling souvenirs. I’d still recommend going and it was great for a pretty Instagram picture haha!
After taking all the necessary pictures, we headed towards the Rijksmuseum which is basically The Louvre of Holland and is home to many well-known pieces of artwork and also at the moment there is a Catwalk Fashion Exhibition. Just outside of the museum is the famous ‘I Amsterdam’ Sign – We obviously had the obligatory touristy pose with the letters but unfortunately, the weather was horrible so they aren’t the best.
Whilst in Amsterdam, we were using the I Amsterdam City Card which gave us access to many different attractions, museums and discounts for restaurants and shops. The card can also be used for unlimited use on the public transport too. We found it so easy to just flash the card instead of faffing with money everywhere. You can find more information here.
Aside from the trams, the first place we used the card was the Van Gogh Museum. It was located right by the Rijksmuseum and the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign. I studied Art History at college, I wouldn’t say I’m an expert but I can recognise a few paintings. This made it really interesting to see some of Van Gogh’s work and learn more about his life. We also stopped off at the museum café and had two very delicious apple pastries.
As the weather was still pretty rubbish, we decided to take cover and go on a canal cruise. We went with the Blue Boat Company which is included in the I Amsterdam City Card. The boat departs opposite the Hard Rock Café every half an hour. There were not many people on the cruise and it was a lovely warm shelter from the rain. If you are going to do one thing in Amsterdam, you need to do a Canal Cruise! It’s just a lovely trip to see all the different buildings, learn about the history and the Canals are just the essence of Amsterdam. I managed to brave the rain and took some photo’s from the back of the boat. The cruise lasted about 70 minutes and really did go round all the big landmarks.
My Mum and I love a good tourist trap so after the Canal Cruise we wandered into Hard Rock Café. We both ordered burgers which were lovely. I always love the atmosphere in there and the food is always good.
After a little nap back at our hotel, we got ready for a couple of drinks. We were booked into the Ice Bar which was just round the corner from our hotel. I believe it’s a really popular attraction in Amsterdam. After a couple more drinks in Rembrandt Square we went and got some fries as they are supposedly pretty good in Holland. They were not nice at all! I think we might have picked the dodgiest place in the city.
Despite the awful fries and weather, we did have a lovely first day in Amsterdam. I’d like to thank the people at IAmsterdam for providing me with a City Card and AttractionTix for my Ice Bar Tickets. Keep your eyes peeled for part two of my Amsterdam trip. My Vlog is linked down below, I’d love it if you checked it out!