Travel: What to do in Amsterdam

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

As a lovely Valentines Day Present, Josh took me to Amsterdam. We went on the 23rd February and came back on the 26th, so I thought that I would share how we spent our time in Amsterdam, what I'd recommend doing and some recommendations if you're planning on visiting!

The hotel we stayed in was lovely, the staff were very friendly and helpful, the room and the bathroom was modern, clean and relatively spacious. My only issue with our hotel was that it wasn't in the centre of Amsterdam. We had a 10 minute walk to the tram and then 20/30mins on the tram to the center. So if you're wanting to step out of the hotel and see the beautiful scenic Amsterdam canals then maybe this hotel isn't for you. Other than the location, this hotel was lovely. We went to the shop that was about 5/10minute walk away and stocked up on bits for breakfast which we could eat before heading out for the day to save a few pennies.

Once we made it out of the hotel we were ready and raring to explore Amsterdam and all it had to offer, the first place on my list was the Van Gogh Museum. Being a huge art lover and studying Art during school and Sixthform it was definitely a must do for me. Tickets were €17.95 which is a little on the pricey side but in my opinion it was totally worth it. The museum itself was very well set out, with a timeline for those who aren't so familiar with Van Gogh's life and each room was clearly labeled. He didn't have the longest career I didn't realise how many pieces of art he had created, and seeing them all in the same place at once was truly amazing. Unfortunately one of his most famous pieces 'Sunflowers' wasn't on display when we went but it was lovely to see some of his other well known work and the vast amount of self portraits that were displayed.

After we spent hours wandering round the Van Gogh museum we walked into the centre (we headed in the direction of Dam Square), something I'd recommend doing, it's about a 30 minute walk away and it's clearly sign posted. We took our time and took in the sites, got some beautiful photos of the canals and popped into some shops along the way. Once we reached Dam Square we took some photos and went on the hunt for some food, there were so many lovely little bakery/patisseries that had lots of delicious sandwiches/cakes on offer.

Something else that I'd say is a must whilst in Amsterdam is the Sex Museum, entry is only €4 which is not bad at all and it was certainly amusing! Something you definitely wouldn't find in England. And it's situated just across the road from a lovely canal, which I'd say is a perfect photo opportunity. After the Sex Museum we had a wander round the red light district and picked up an amazing strawberry and nutella crepe. It was delicious, best €5 I ever spent. We then made our way back towards the Museum District but stopped of for a drink which was lovely. Enjoying a glass of wine, late afternoon and watching the busy streets of Amsterdam. After we finished our drinks we headed into some shops for a bit of retail therapy and then to a park where we had a little walk and watched the sun go down which was really pretty then to a little italian restaurant for dinner, which was a lovely end to our day.

On our last day in Amsterdam we wandered around the Rijksmuseum. Which was lovely, but the museum is HUGE so we didn't have time to get round most of it. So if you're wanting something to do on a rainy day this is definitely the one, you'll be occupied all day. We wandered through the art galleries and saw Vermeer's 'The Milkmaid' which was so lovely! Especially because we watched the film 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring' about a month ago so it was familiar to us. After having a good look for an hour or so we headed to the cafe for a coffee and a brownie, the brownie was delicious and so filling I couldn't finish mine, and Josh just managed to finish his! We explored the museum for a bit longer, stopped off in the gallery shop on the way out and then made our way to the airport.

Overall we had such a fantastic time, and I would definitely recommend going to Amsterdam if your wanting a few days city break. Thank you so much Josh for a lovely holiday.

With Love;
Em x

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