As I told you a few weeks ago, I was on holiday in Amsterdam with some friends, and boy did I need the break! And Amsterdam itself was very helpful in getting me back to my usual, calm self. I was very impressed by how relaxed the whole place is. First of all, we were staying in a resort on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The small apartment we were staying in was cozy, functional and it had the best view especially in the morning. I used to wake up first and have a good 15 minutes to myself just having a coffee and staring and the view (part of it can be seen in the picture below). We had a 25-minute walk to the nearest station at which we could catch the sprinter to the city center. It was a nice walk but in the cold evening after a day of exploring, it becomes a nuisance.
Amsterdam center is amazing. Even though you are in a city center, people seem to move so relaxed, going on with life in such a peaceful way that you tend to do the same. We were terrified of the bikes because we are not used to so many people using bikes but they are just beautiful to watch. It is like a well-oiled machine, all of them cycling in a systematic way creating this beautiful dance of bicycles. We tried to visit as many of the places of interest as we could but for us, it was too cold to function so we spent a lot of time in restaurants and drinking coffee but through the window, one could still admire the different life going on outside.
One of the highlights of the trip was Vondelpark. The splendid park is a great place to admire nature. The lake, the green areas, the bikes….all like something out of a postcard. We also visited the zoo, Anne Frank house and A’DAM lookout. The zoo was impressive, with animals roaming around in big semi-enclosures where they can get very close to you but we picked a wrong day to visit as the rain hinders the fun a little bit. Anne Frank house is another impressive landmark. I had already read her diary but being there, live in the place she was describing brings it all to life and makes you realize how horrible that period in history was. The A’DAM lookout and swing was a well worth it adrenaline rush. I suggest doing it even though you might be terrified of heights. You get to kill two birds with one stone (figuratively of course). You get to see the amazing view from the highest point of the tower and you get to conquer your fear of heights. If you are not up to it, you can still admire the view from the outside deck or the inside lounge on the lower level.
This has been a short description of what we did in our week-long holiday in Amsterdam. On the whole, it was a very good, relaxing trip in a beautiful, relatively calm city. We spent some extra money but there are definitely ways that one can go there with less as on the whole, it cost around €500 per person including lodging and travelling. Later on, I will write down in more detail on certain aspects of the trip but for a few pointers on where to go, you should definitively visit the following places:
- A’DAM Lookout
- Anne Frank house
- Dam square (for shopping)
If you have time to spare, some other places are:
- Sex museum
- Heineken experience
- Canal tour
- Believe it or Not museum
Until next time dear friends, stay safe and let’s start planning the next trip.