I’m back with Part Two of my Amsterdam trip which was about two weeks ago now. I had originally planned to post this a couple of days ago along with my Amsterdam vlog but I’ve been ill so the vlog will be coming another day – Apologies! If you haven’t read part one and my experience on the P&O mini cruise go check out those posts too!
On Day Two in Amsterdam, we got up early to go over to the Anne Frank House in the Jordaan district. I’d heard the ques can get pretty crazy and the best time to go is as early as possible. You can book in advance online but there are very limited tickets available. I’d say we arrive around 10am (it had been open for an hour) and waited no longer than 20 minutes. It wasn’t too bad, especially as when we were leaving the ques was around the block and over two hours long. If you can’t get your hands on advance tickets online, get there early!
The entrance prince to the Anne Frank House is €9 and is not included in the city pass but it’s a really reasonable price. Throughout the museum you learn about Anne, her family, the diary and you also go through the famous bookcase entrance and into the secret annex. I really do urge you to go visit the Anne Frank House if you are in Amsterdam. It’s such an important part of history and worth waiting outside for hours!
Just further down the canal from the Anne Frank House is the Pancake Bakery. When I was researching online where to go for pancakes, this place kept popping up. It’s a really nice place with a rustic vibe and had a massive range of pancakes on the menu which were all around the €10/€12 pricepoint. I went for the chocolate and banana one and my Mum went for the Bacon Breakfast one. They were both delicious and HUGE! I literally had to be rolled out of the café. I’d recommend this place, especially if you’re looking for a bite to eat nearby to the Anne Frank House.
After wandering around the beautiful streets and along the canals we decided to make our way across to Dam Square to visit Madame Tussaud’s. We got 25% off with our I Amsterdam City Cards. There were the usual waxworks such as Obama, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and I was particularly excited about the Ryan Gosling waxwork. Although, I was surprised to find that the waxwork had a heartbeat. For a split second, I thought he was real and I was been filmed for a crazy TV show! I wish! There was also a pretty cool fashion section with Kate Moss and Anna Wintour. You could sit by a catwalk or even strut your stuff along it. I’d say it was worth going if you like this kind of thing but there was a lot of dutch waxworks we had no idea who they were!
The final place we visited before collecting out luggage from the hotel was the Museum of Handbags and Purses. I’m obviously a massive handbag lover so I was interested to see their collection of over 5,000 handbags. Some of them date back to the 16th century! At the moment, there is a little exhibition on mixing high-end designer fashion with street fashion from different cities. The exhibition was really good and featured some highly coveted designs. It was a really cute museum filled with some incredible bags. If we had more time I would have loved to have stayed for their fashion inspired Afternoon Tea.