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Flying To Amsterdam? Check Out This Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

    One of my favourite cities in the world is Amsterdam. The city itself is absolutely beautiful! From the gorgeous canals to the rich culture, there is so much to see and do. Below I have created for you an Amsterdam travel guide which highlights just some of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam, as well as some tips to help you make the most of your trip.

    Transportation

    The Netherlands has one of the best transportation systems in all of Europe. Getting from the airport to the city is really easy with trains leaving every 5-10 minutes. If you are planning on travelling around using public transport there are a few options available to you.

    Tram- Within the city, there are various transportation options available. The tram can take you almost everywhere and this would be the best option for transport to get you to and from where you need to go.

    Cycling- You’re in Amsterdam, why not try and cycle around? There are plenty of places where you can rent a bike to ride around the city. It can be a little scary cycling around if you’re not used to it as bikes in The Netherlands are the primary road users and they will generally not stop if people are coming their way. I would definitely recommend trying to cycle around VondelPark as it is really nice and calm unlike the actual city.

    Walking- Amsterdam is a small city and almost everything is within walking distance. This is a great way to explore the city and if you do get lost I usually count how many canals away I am from my destination as this really helps.

    Tickets

    I Amsterdam City Card- This card offers you free transportation and entry into multiple museums and some of the top attractions. This is a great option if you’re planning on travelling around the city for up to 120 hours

    https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/tickets/i-amsterdam-city-card?gclid=Cj0KCQiAxbefBhDfARIsAL4XLRrzy9D_igQ-dCAR7pgTgcJ3O-Mqxj7n6Z64d-hQHNoSto7YtcvplGUaAnPPEALw_wcB

    OV Chipcard- This is the Dutch Leapcard and it’s a great option for long-term travel around the Netherlands so you can top up as much as you would like without the need of always buying a ticket.

    Must Do

    There are so many fun and unique things to do when in Amsterdam but below are just some of my highly recommended attractions:

    Wondr:

    Amsterdam’s first playground experience for Adults. This place is so fun! They have giant ball pits, Marshmallow swimming pools and rooms full of Instagram-able spots.

    Canal Cruise:

    Can you really go to Amsterdam without going on a canal cruise? The Lovers canal cruise has been one of the best cruises I went on in the city. I would highly recommend going on a canal cruise just before the sun sets as it is absolutely beautiful. If you do go on the Lovers Canal Cruise I would advise walking to the very back of the boat to sit outside. There are a very limited number of seats but you get the best view from the boat.

    EyeMazy:

    One of the best experiences I had in Amsterdam. Here you can get a detailed image of your iris either by yourself or with a friend. You can add multiple effects or just leave it natural. The process only takes about 10-15 mins but it can get really busy so just make sure to head here early or you will have to join a waiting list.

    Bejinhof:

    This park used to be home to a group of religious women who used to live closely together. It is now a hidden oasis within the bustling city of Amsterdam and it is the perfect place to wind down and relax.

    Pathe Tuchinksi:

    If you want to go watch a movie this is one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world! It is set in a 1920’s Theatre and the inside of the main auditorium is absolutely gorgeous. I would highly advise getting the lodge seats as you get your own private little booth with a free drink and food of your choice.

    The Hoxton Hotel:

    Hidden away within The Hoxton Hotel is a vintage photo booth and if you’re like me someone who loves to create fun memories then this is great! It only costs €4 to make and they turn out so cute. It can get a little busy at times with a long line and just know once you get in to get your photo start posing right away as there is no countdown.

    Museums

    Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s most popular museums and no trip to the city is complete without a stop to at least one.

    Rijksmuseum:

    One of Amsterdam’s most famous museums. It is home to iconic art and ancient artifacts. It has one of the most beautiful libraries I have ever seen!

    Anne Frank Huis:

    One of the most important museums in Amsterdam is the home of Anne Frank. It is the home in which her and her family hid during the course of World War 2. Be sure to book here far in advance as it can sell out very fast.

    Van Gough Museum:

    This museum is home to a vast collection of Van Gough’s most famous artworks. It tells the story of his life while showcasing some of his early sketches.

    Eye Film Museum:

    This is a must do for film lovers. This is a museum completely dedicated to film with lots of interactive exhibits including my favourite where you can make your own personal flip book that you can print out and take home.

    Food

    Ter March & Co:

    This is my all-time favourite spot in Amsterdam for food! They make the most delicious burgers and they have even won the best burger in The Netherlands. You do have to pay extra for fries but honestly, the burgers are already huge and a great price so it’s definitely worth it.

    Fabel Frites:

    This spot has the most delicious Fries. They hand-make them right in front of you and have a huge choice of toppings all at a great price.

    The Pancake Club:

    They make the best pancakes in Amsterdam! You have to try out the traditional dutch pancakes poffertjes as they are honestly so good and you get a huge amount of them for only €11

    Van Wonderen StroopWaffels:

    This is the best place to get StroopWaffles. They are freshly made in the shop and are colourfully decorated with a range of toppings to choose from. Not to mention the interior of the shop is just magical!

    Pola Berry:

    Chocolate covered strawberries galore! This adorable little cafe is a must for people with a sweet tooth. Everything here is pink and their cake pops are absolutely to die for.

    Cafe T’Smalle:

    The only way to dine in Amsterdam is on a canal of course! This restaurant is exactly that and offers dining right on top of the canal. You will have gorgeous views of the surrounding area while eating some delicious food.

    Tony’s Chocolonely Cafe:

    The most chocolatey cafe in all of Amsterdam. The famous Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate is the main ingredient in almost everything here. If you have a sweet tooth then this is the right place for you. Be sure to try out their hot chocolate at it is amazing!


    MoyChay

    Okay, I know this hasn’t really anything to do with food but I just have to mention MoyChay. MoyChay offers an amazing traditional Chinese tea ceremony and it was honestly the most relaxing experience I’ve tried. You will be taught everything you need to know to make the tastiest tea in the traditional Gong Fu Cha way. MoyChay also has a lovely tea bar with some delicious and unique tea-based mocktails. My favourite was their lavender-based mocktail!

    Amsterdam Tips!

    • Amsterdam is a great destination for a short weekend away. You can see a lot of the city within 2 days and almost everything is within walking distance.
    • Amsterdam is very safe but there are some spots to watch out for especially after dark. I would definitely advise not to travel out alone at night time near Dam Square and the Red Light District as these areas can get a little rough at night and they are known to be the location of petty crime.
    • Beware of cyclists! There are so many cyclists in the city and they can be very stubborn so just know when you are crossing the road or walking on the street to keep an eye out as they can be very fast and they very rarely stop for you.
    • If you plan on driving into the city just know there is almost always road construction so I would recommend parking on the outskirts of the city in one of their P+R car parks. You can get the tram into the city which only takes around 10 minutes and it will leave you right by the Central Station. For the whole day parking only costs €1 and I would recommend Zeebrug 1,2 or 3.

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