One of my favourite cities to visit, Amsterdam has everything you need for a long-weekend get away but if you’ve never been before it might come across a bit daunting as there’s LOADS of things to do and places to see. But instead of wasting your time (and money) I thought it would be useful to write you guys a little guide - after all, I’ve been to Holland like nine times and I’m quite accustom to the area!
Beautiful in the Winter and in the Summer, Vondelpark sits on the outskirts of Amsterdam City Centre and is around a 25-30minute walk to Central Station. In 47 hectares of beautiful greener, Vondelpark even has an open-air theatre called Openluchttheater open throughout the Summer. From bands to theatrical performances, cabaret and musical theatre, you can catch a show from June until August. If you’re planning to do Amsterdam on a budget, you could easily hire a bike and go round a few times, take a picnic to sit and enjoy whilst watching all the passers by. We’ve done this before and it was extremely therapeutic – you’ll find yourself surrounded by groups of people all playing music and chilling out.
Leidseplein - pronounced Lie-ser-plane
Home to the Bulldog Palace, one of Amsterdam’s tourist spots when it comes to sports bars and night clubs Bulldog Palace sits in the square amongst a variety of food places and shops. Just a short stroll away you’ll also find the Heineken Bar, which is a great option if you fancied a more ‘up market’ drink as oppose to the other hipster bars you’ll find in Amsterdam.
Also in the Winter this is where you’ll find the European Markets which are filled with braitverst and mulled wine.
You’ll definitely pass through Dam Square on your travels I’m sure. This is where you’ll find attractions such as Madame Tussads, designer department store Bijenkorf, and the Amsterdam Diamond Centre alongside street food and bars that overlook the square. You can also take a peek around the Amsterdam Royal Palace open to the public most days; you’ll find exhibitions and information on the history of Amsterdam.
In the Winter and on King’s Day there’s usually a fair to in the open space.
Now this is probably the most ‘touristy’ area of Amsterdam where you’ll find attractions such as The Sex Museum and the Red Light District. Home to well-known bars and coffee shops such as Hill Street Booze – formerly Hill Street Blues, The Grasshopper and my ultimate favourite Ballushi’s… I mean what’s not to love about 2 for 1 drinks from 6pm until 12am? Food wise you’ve got the famous Burger Bar that, was voted third in the top 10 Ten Burger Restaurants in Amsterdam by IAmAmsterdam.com, which comes highly recommended. You can pick which meat you’d prefer, the ounce and then smother it in your choice of add ons – perfect for that late night meal after a day full of drinking!
If you get a train from the airport you’ll get off here too at Central Station.
Have you been to Amsterdam before? Let me know what you think of it!