WOW! What an incredible weekend it’s been travelling to Amsterdam for my sisters’ hen do. It’s been a pretty crazy and hilarious weekend which made the trip enjoyable and memorable. Many of you on Twitter wanted me to do a post about Travelling to Amsterdam and the things I did whilst I was there. I am so excited to be writing a travel post for you as I really enjoy writing about my adventures. In this blog post, I will be informing you of what I got up to on my 48 hours city break to Amsterdam. I apologise greatly for the lack of images of the actual activities itself, it’s just that most places did not let tourists take photographs.
I travelled to Amsterdam with EasyJet on Friday 18th May 2018 and arrived back to the U.K on Sunday 20th May 2018. It was a very lively weekend; jam-packed with activities, to ensure I was making the most out of my time spent in Amsterdam. I stayed at Hotel Teun which was a lovely little hotel located roughly 15 minutes away from Dam Square and the Red Light District. It was just under 1km away from the Town Centre (Dam Square) which is definitely the ideal distance anyone should be when staying in Amsterdam. Even though it’s not a long distance, it feels a lot longer of a walk than what Google Maps says which is why I ended up getting a lot of Taxi’s and Tuk Tuk rides home.
Amsterdam is a very beautiful city to visit which is surrounded by canals and a lot of beautiful historical buildings. It is definitely one of the friendliest places I have ever been to on holiday which feels like I am back at home in England. The weather is pretty much the same as the U.K which is strange because when I was there England had much better weather. I was a little annoyed, but I didn’t ruin my experience at all. The environment and the atmosphere of the town and streets are very much similar to London. I love visiting places that make me feel safe because it always makes the journey and visits a lot more pleasant. Amsterdam is known for being a ‘bike town’ because it is literally filled with bikes. It baffled me when I first arrived because the bikes get right of way on the road, even with cars. Everyone has to stop for bikes. There are bikes everywhere and are stored in bike parks similar to car parks LOL. I have never seen so many bikes in my life, as you can probably tell I found this pretty fascinating.
Amsterdam Ice Bar
The Amsterdam Ice Bar is one of the most unique bars in Amsterdam; with everything being entirely made out of Ice. It is definitely something to experience when visiting Amsterdam. When you arrive, you are given 3 coins (1 silver and 2 bronze) which are used to purchase your drinks whilst you are in the Ice Bar. You are able to get any cocktail and 2x beers or shots. I was only able to stay in the Ice Bar for approximately 20 minutes out of the 30 minutes time slot. Although it is very cold, you are provided with a jacket and gloves which is a massive help if you are wearing a dress for a night out. I thoroughly had a great time at the Ice Bar and I would definitely visit one of these again. It is 100% worth the price I paid. Unfortunately, I did not take any great photos to share with you as I only had my phone with me at the time which made it difficult to take photos in the cold.
Ice Bar Tickets: https://www.xtracold.com/en/icebar-tickets/ – £19.50
Red Light District
The Red Light District is definitely a very popular tourist attraction which gathers many people to see what’s really going on there. It consists of many bars and pubs, brothels, sex museums and sex shops. The rumours you hear are very likely to be true. Besides being about this, it is quite a friendly place to be and the experience you get there is like no other. It is something that you have to definitely go to, conveniently as it is mainly located right in the centre of the nightlife in Amsterdam. Many people think that Amsterdam is just for this reason as well as smoking, however, there are many other experiences and things to do in Amsterdam besides this. I wanted to have the full experience and fit as much as I could in, so I decided to just have a look at what it is all about.
Red Light Secrets Museum
The Red Light Secrets Museum is located in the centre of the Red Light District which makes it almost impossible to miss. It is correspondent to the ideology of the Red Light District. It is an opportunity for people from the public to experience life behind the window as if you are a part of the women in the Red Light District windows. There are many interaction opportunities and videos to enhance your experience for you to understand what is it like for a prostitute in Amsterdam. You are able to visit many showrooms of what they might work in, listen to their confessions, sit in the window and experience what’s goes on in the inside, as well as listen to secrets of the famous Red Light District.
Red Light Secrets Museum Tickets: http://www.redlightsecrets.com/#5 – £10.50
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. Anne Frank is a young girl who had to go into hiding, for 2 years in a secret annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam, during the World War 2 to escape from the Nazis. The Anne Frank House is now a famous tourist attraction which has an interactive museum built around it for educational purposes and for people of the public to experience what it might have been like. In 1944, Anne Frank and her family were found in the secret annex due to a raiding which resulted in the family being sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. After her death, Anne Frank becomes famous worldwide because of the diary she wrote during World War 2 and in hiding which is used as supportive evidence of the historical event.
I think that the Anne Frank House is a very educational tourist attraction that is well structured to inform people of the public of the historical event that happened in World War 2, as well as the importance of Anne Frank and how she changed the world and its perspectives. I found the interactive museum very informative and easy to navigate as well as consuming all the information. They included the right information, as well as the most important. In respect to Anne Frank, photographs were prohibited as you were going into the secret annex where the Frank family were hiding. I think that if anyone has the opportunity to visit Amsterdam, The Anne Frank House is definitely something that should be explored because it played a huge part of the history of the world and everyone should be aware of what went on. It is definitely worth the price paid which is without a doubt reasonable. I absolutely love exploring and visiting museums because I find it interesting and intriguing. If you are like me, you will find it fascinating.
The Anne Frank House Tickets: http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Online-ticket-sales/ – £10
Exploring The Streets Of Amsterdam
Dam Square in Amsterdam is built around the Amstel river which is a spacious piece of land directly in Amsterdam Central. There is always some sort of entertainment going on, such as dancing, photography, yoga, street performers or random entertainment. It is a great location which brings in all sorts of tourists whilst they are in the town doing their shopping or exploring. The shops are located around Dam Square which makes it an ideal location for tourists and performers. There are food stalls, restaurants and shops to fulfil your shopping experience in Amsterdam. There are many tourist attractions in the Dam Square centre, for example, Madame Tussauds a famous waxworks museum and The New Church which is used for important art exhibitions. Amsterdam is full of your typical high street shops such as H&M, Primark, Bershka and many more.
Things that I want to do in Amsterdam next time:
- Van Gough Museum
- Amsterdam History Museum
- A Bike Tour
- The Amsterdam Dungeons
- Madame Tussauds
I look forward to travelling to Amsterdam in the future as there are many more places I would love to visit and explore. I hope you liked reading this little post about what I got up to in Amsterdam… well for the 48 hours I was there for. If you have been to any of these places or suggest any places for me to visit please leave a comment below.