Are you heading to Amsterdam and wondering how to spend your time? This is the perfect selection of attractions to do in one day, all included in one ticket! Watch the Vlog and read on for details 🙂
I visited Amsterdam with 7 friends, we had done some research prior to the trip and found the Rock the City ticket experience on the A’dam Lookout website. This experience included three activities for just €25, with an extra €5 if you wish to do the Over the Edge Swing at the Amsterdam Lookout Tower. We decided to purchase the ticket before the holiday to make our spending lower once we arrived and it also worked out cheaper than buying them all separately.
I would definitely recommend this ticket, it was such great value. You do have to complete all three attractions in one day between 10am and 6pm, you can begin with either the A’dam Tower or the Heineken Experience and get the canal cruise boat right outside direct to the other. My initial thoughts were that it is a lot to fit into one day, however, this was not the case – we went on a busy Saturday and had plenty of time; we started at the Heineken Museum at 12.30 in the afternoon and time was no issue as our day ticket allowed us to queue jump.
We spent around 2 hours walking around the Heineken Experience, it is great for all ages and families with lots of interactive games and interactive photo opportunities. It is a great learning experience, seeing how the famous beer is made and learning about Heineken’s history. Adults also get three free Heineken beers (soft drink option for children) included in the ticket. We were lucky that the sun was shining, although it was cold, we were able to enjoy our drinks on the roof top bar with a great view of Amsterdam. Make sure you try a delicious pulled pork roll from the BBQ on the rooftop for just €5, it was the perfect addition! Or try the bratwurst or pulled chicken!
When we were finished we caught the A’dam Canal Cruise Boat from right opposite the Heineken entrance, the boat leaves once an hour at half past the hour (please note this may change) and it takes between 35 and 45 minutes to reach the A’dam tower. The views down the canals are lovely and it is a very relaxing ride. We were handed a free gift while on the boat, which was a nice surprise! There are also drinks and snacks available to buy.
We got to the A’dam lookout tower just as the sun was starting to set – we didn’t plan it this way but I am so glad because the views from the viewing deck were beautiful! Before getting the lift up there is another ‘digital memory’ opportunity like the ones below –
Even the lift to the top of the tower was fun – a light show makes an otherwise boring lift ride so much more entertaining (they call it the Heavenly Elevator)! We made our way to the 360 degree viewing deck and took in the amazing sunset while we queued for the Swing Over the Edge – not all of us were brave enough to do the swing so those three went downstairs out of the cold to the bar for some cocktails (the 360 degree indoor panoramic deck)! I would recommend wrapping up warm at this time of the evening because we were extremely chilly waiting for the swing – it was about a 45 minute wait, I put this down to it being Saturday evening during sunset. It was definitely worth the wait, the views were incredible, although it was scarier than I had anticipated but I am very glad I conquered Europe’s highest swing (the swing operators will happily take photos and videos for you on your phone).
Overall this was an amazing day, I would definitely recommend the Rock the City ticket, all of the attractions really went to great lengths and thought of the little things that make the day memorable. All the green screen photo/video opportunities were so much fun – in most attractions they would see this as a chance to get more money from customers – however they had the option to email these photo’s free of charge which I thought was brilliant.
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