Amsterdam in 32 Hours – Part One

March 13, 2016
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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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!

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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.

Amsterdam in 32 Hours - Rachel Nicole Blog

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!

13 comments so far.

13 responses to “Amsterdam in 32 Hours – Part One”

  1. Lauren Powers says:

    I am so jealous, I would love to go to Amsterdam

    Lauren x

  2. ravenlocks says:

    Beautiful photos! I've never been to Amsterdam…it looks like an amazing place <3

    xo Azu

  3. Laura Louise says:

    This makes me so excited for my trip to Amsterdam next month! Cant wait to read part two 🙂 xx


  4. Lovely photos, this makes me want to go to amsterdam!!!

    Samantha Series

  5. Sartorial Diner says:

    Awh, you photos totally make me miss Amsterdam! My boyfriend currently lives there, but we've never done a river cruise. I'll have to look into that the next time I'm in town!

  6. Elese says:

    It looks so wonderfully cold and I love your outfits! It looks like a fabulous experience 🙂


  7. Ugh, this has made me even more desperate to go to Amsterdam, such a beautiful place! The bridges are everything <3


  8. I went to Amsterdam when I was 18 years old and so no of the touristy things just the inside of the bars! Reading your review has made me want to go back and see the sights!

  9. I'd love to visit Amsterdam, especially one of their flower markets. The I Amsterdam City Card sounds really handy!

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  10. Tash Collier says:

    Beautiful photos, I love your hat!

  11. looks like you had such an amazing experience in Amsterdam ! thanks for sharing! x

  12. I've never been to Amsterdam but it is on my to-visit list as it looks so interesting.

  13. Great city. I've nevere been there but I will maybe this year

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