Photo taken by Kaye Ford
At the end of February I am headed to Amsterdam with a friend for two nights/ three days in the city. I have been once before back about four or five years’ ago but because we went for a gig and were only there for a night I don’t feel that I got to see very much at all so this time will be good as I can explore the city and see more of the reasons why people fall in love with it. On our first night in the city we’re actually going to see The Weeknd which should be really fun, I always love experiencing live music in new surroundings. Here are some of the top things I want to do and see in the city.
Anne Franks House
I feel this is one of the most important parts of Amsterdam as there is so much history involved. I’m always told visiting can be super busy so this is one thing I think we’re going to book in advance as I really want to go. I remember reading Anne Franks Diary as a child and you almost forget sometimes that these events were actually real, that the horrific things people went through during the wars were real and I think this will be a great place to reflect and remember.
This photo was taken by Mellissa Williams
Van Gogh Museum
Onto something a bit more upbeat, in Amsterdam I believe it’s the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world- I could be wrong but oh well. I’m not the biggest fan of art but I know Van Gogh and I would recongise a number of his paintings which makes looking at them so much more fun. I remember the Starry Sky and Sunflowers paintings so much as my parents had canvas’ of them on the wall when I was a kid so it’s going to be amazing to see the originals.
Amsterdam Sex Museum
You can’t go to Amsterdam and not see a bit of smut can you?! I went to the sex museum in New York and found it thoroughly interesting and I know the Amsterdam one is probably going to top it for unusual items. With the Red Light District being such a huge part of the city I feel going here would be a good way of getting the feeling of the nighttime city without having to venture out too much.
Photo taken by Milly Youngman of Mini Adventures
Red Light District
In connection with the one above I’d love to head to the Red Light District, although only during the day as I don’t think I’d feel comfortable enough being two solo females heading around here at night. I just want to see what this side of Amsterdam is like and whether it really is as seedy as people make out it is.
I went to an indoor mini golf place before Christmas for a friend’s birthday and it was so much fun so when another friend recommended Glow Golf in Amsterdam I knew it was something we needed to include within our trip. The whole place is UV on the inside and you basically play crazy golf around this hedonistic area with plenty of crazy thrown in for good measure. I think this would make a good place to head to late afternoon before it starts to get busy and wear us out a bit before dinner.
Image taken by Anisha Kohli from Fashion and Frappes
With so many canals throughout Amsterdam, you kind of can’t go without heading out on the water in some capacity. I don’t remember seeing boats or anything when I went but I didn’t venture very far so I’m sure they exist slightly further out. A river cruise would be a lovely way to get an overview of the city and see what’s about without having to wear ourselves out walking too much.
The Breakfast Club
Almost every post that I read about Amsterdam mentions The Breakfast Club restaurant which serves breakfast items 24 hours a day. Now I know that we didn’t include breakfast in our hotel package as it’s always nice to go out and explore places for food so I think this needs to be somewhere we hit up on our travels.