Top Things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Where to Stay

Top Things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Where to Stay

My friends and I have been wanting to visit Amsterdam for years, and we finally got round to booking it and going! We had the best time, take a look at my vlog to see what we got up to. Scroll further down for a list of activities to do while in Amsterdam.

 

Accommodation –Heart Of Amsterdam Hostel

If you are looking for cheap and cheerful this is the best place for you. It couldn’t be any more central, right on the Red Light District so it is easy to find and around a 10 minute walk from the central train station where you can get a train direct from Schipol Airport (the train costs about  €5.50). We had a private 8 bed dorm with an ensuite which was perfect for us. Luckily we planned ahead and took lots of our own mirrors, we knew from experience that one mirror and 8 girls is not a good mix! You can book directly through their website, however we booked through booking.com.

Iamsterdam Sign

You can’t visit Amsterdam and not take advantage of this famous photo opportunity! There is one at Schipol Airport and another behind the Rijksmuseum in central Amsterdam. Iamsterdam is the city’s slogan!

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Museums

  • Anne Frank House

This was probably my favourite part of the trip and I would highly recommend it. It was amazing to walk around the house where Anne Frank and her family went into hiding for two years from the Nazis. To understand how horrendously difficult it must’ve been and to see some of the original diary Anne Frank kept throughout this time, we left feeling sad but also inspired by her passion for writing and because her dreams of becoming a famous writer came true even after she was gone.

We bought our tickets online before hand on the Anne Frank website (here) to ensure we were able to visit at the time we wanted and to skip the queues. Tickets were €9 for adults.

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The Red Light District has long been a very famous part of Amsterdam, if you want to learn what happens in a typical day in the life of a prostitute this is the place to go – I found it strange but also fascinating to learn about. You can see what it is like to sit in a red light window! At the end of the tour they have a wall of confessions written by previous visitors of the museum, there are some very funny stories to be read here! Entry is €8.

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The Erotic Museum, also in the Red Light District – watch and learn about everything to do with erotica. It displays art from all over the world, some hundreds of years old – all having one thing in common; erotica and its artistic expression. Entry is €7.

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A’dam Rock the City Tour

Full review and information on this tour here. This ticket cost €25 and included the Heineken Experience, Canal Cruise and A’dam Lookout, with the option of paying an extra €5 for  the Over the Edge Swing. This ticket was amazing value and included three of the main things we wanted to do while in Amsterdam. We bought the ticket online beforehand to cut down spending while we were there.

  • Heineken Experience

This world famous beer originated in Amsterdam and you can visit Heineken’s first brewery which has been transformed into an interactive tour which is super fun for all ages; with games, photo opportunities, beer tasting and a rooftop bar.

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  • Canal Cruise

The cruise will take you from the Heineken Experience to the A’dam Tower or vice versa. Seeing Amsterdam from its famous canals is a beautiful sight and really relaxing.

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  • A’dam Lookout

See Amsterdam from the top of the A’dam Tower 360 degree lookout. The views are amazing, we timed it well with the sunsetting so were able to see the view in light and darkness – both incredible!

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  • Over the Edge Swing

WOW! If you’re brave and you like these type of rides then I would totally encourage you to do this. It is Europe’s highest swing, it swings you over the edge of the A’dam tower while you’re looking out over Amsterdam. I am usually a fan of rides and rollercoasters but I must admit even I found this quite scary but I’m so glad I did it! Costs an extra €5.

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Bike Ride / Hire Mac Bike

I would DEFINITELY recommend hiring bikes while visiting the city, bike riders have their own lane which makes it much safer to ride compared to other cities – bike riding is so popular in Amsterdam there is actually more bikes than the cities population of people! We weren’t quite confident enough to ride the bikes on the roads because it was extremely busy, so we hired them from a MacBike hire store by Vondel Park. It cost €7.50 for an hour for the bicycle with hand brakes. It was so much fun, the park is huge and there are lots of routes to take, all very picturesque. Check out the video below –

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For tips on which Coffee Shops and Restaurants to visit stay tuned I will be doing a list of these very soon! In the mean time feel free to like/comment/share/follow 🙂

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