Seven Things I Want To Do In Amsterdam

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Amsterdam canals
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.

rijksmuseumThis 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.

amsterdamPhoto 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.

Glow Golf

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.

Amsterdam CanalImage taken by Anisha Kohli from Fashion and Frappes

River Cruise

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.

Have you been to Amsterdam? Do you have any recommendations?
February 13, 2017
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  • Ahh I love Amsterdam and have done a couple of posts on it! Definitely recommend visiting Anne Frank’s House, a Boat Cruise & Van Gogh Museum. I went to a place called the Pancake Bakery which was really lovely & the Ice Bar is great! xo

  • I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but I’m hoping to get there sometime this year. I’d love to see the Van Gogh Museum, the red light district and Anne Frank’s house too.

  • Louise

    I found the sex museum interesting but for a less-touristy take, I’d suggest the Red Light Museum in the red light district. It’s still the same kind of thing, but focuses more on what actually goes on in Amsterdam.

    I’d also suggest Electric Ladyland – it’s small (but cheap) and really interesting, plus its fun for taking photos.

    Finally, if you head across the river, there’s some pretty cool places there. We didn’t get a huge chance to explore, but there’s a cheap place you can go for brunch that overlooks the river and does delicious breakfasts.

    I had no idea there was a Glow Golf in Amsterdam, I’ll have to visit it when I return!

    P.S Not to shamelessly promote my own blog, but if you want some more info about the places I’ve suggested (or photos of the food at the place over the river), I did write about it @ http://www.formidablejoy.com/2015/02/Amsterdam-things-to-d-.html 🙂 x

    • Thanks so much for the tips, I’ll have a nosy and see what other bits to add to the list x

  • Meenal Ranka

    I have never been to Amsterdam but I would love to see the Glow gul and Ana frank house whenever I plan visit.

  • I’ve only been to Amsterdam twice and both times were with work so I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. But I did do a River Cruise and loved it x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I have been to Amsterdam quite a few times and still want to go back, it is such an amazing place x

  • Penny Aylwin

    I went to Amsterdam years ago, but Anne Frank’s house is what has always and will always stick in my mind.

  • You have some great things planned. I would love to see the Anne Frank house, I have read the book and I have also read a few things about seeing the house. The Van Gogh Museum is also a place I would like to visit. I hope you have a wonderful time x

  • williamgould

    We visit Amsterdam regularly. We stay in an apartment in the Oude West area, just enough away from the touristy areas. If the weathers nice, there’s lots of really good parks that are worth walking around. Westerpark and Vondelpark are our favourites. De Hallen is worth a visit. It’s the old Tram Sheds converted into boutique shops with a fabulous food hall. If the weather’s not good, the Ship Museum is a great place to spend the day, especially (but not necessarily) if you have children!

    • williamgould

      Oh, and when you get out of the touristy centre, you’ll find an independent bakers on every other street corner. Fabulous for a coffee and sandwich or cake!
      And there’s a Breakfast Club just to the rear of De Hallen I’ve just found out!

  • Ann Franks house is amazing to visit – so much history and it ooozes culture and love and romance. Its a lovely place to visit and I cant wait to go back

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I’ve never been to Amsterdam. I’d love to go there x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    The breakfast club sounds like my sort of place as does the crazy golf. I have been to Amsterdam once but it was a very brief visit so I’d love to go again and do a bit more exploring.

  • I would add an 8th one to the list and that would be to see the street art. But yes Anne Frank Museum and the red light district is a must I think!

  • Kira L Curtis

    I would want to do all of these if I went to Amsterdam! Hopefully I can go soon!

  • Yes I have. Went over for a weekend last summer. It was amazing.

  • I haven’t been to Amsterdam yet but I really want to go soon! I would love to experience the red light district b/c I know I would be shocked out of my mind.

  • There’s so much to do and see. I really want to visit.

  • Amsterdam is a city of wonders, there is so many different things to see… I just loved to sit in the cafe and watch people passing by

  • lianne

    I’d like to visit one day, it always sounds and looks fun! I’d love to visit the Anne Frank house too!

  • Mummygadgetgeek

    I’ve never been to Amsterdam but hoping to change that this year. Will definitely check out the glow golf, that sounds intriguing!

  • I was hoping to go to Amsterday in March, but unfortunately had to cancel it. Reading this just makes me want to go all the more! I will have to live gregariously through you 🙂 x

  • I have never been but I’d love to visit the sex museum!

  • I would love to go to Amsterdam, all of my mates keep telling me how great it is!

  • Sarahjane

    I’m so jealous and sure you’ll have a great time! This is one place I’ve always wanted to visit

  • Baby Isabella

    My folks are intrigued with the Red Light District too, and have never been but heard many stories about the place!

  • Laura

    I’ve been to amsterdam 4 times and really enjoyed it. The dungeon is great to visit. I want to go to the zoo next! xxx

  • we did the red light district int he day, it actually wasn’t nearly as smutty as I imagined it would be…! I was expecting to shield my toddlers eyes, but nope he didn’t even notice anything! typical!

  • Rachael Phillips

    i’ve always avoided Amsterdam but I LOVE Holland! The people are amazing and it’s a great country. I’m off to Amsterdam in May for a conference so I’ll be checking back to read your recommendations xoxox

  • Mellissa Williams

    I adore Amsterdam, I think I’ve been 6 or 7 times now. It’s such a beautiful city. I actually went there for my honeymoon. I liked the cheese and wine cruises. If you love art try the Stedelijk modern art museum. There are two sex museums, they are cool. There is also a Heineken museum which is fun, they give you booze as you go around, and have a shire horse simulator, as this was how Heineken used to be delivered lol. Thanks for including my photo and link!

  • Savi and Vid

    I din’t know about the Glow Golf experience – sounds amazing. Will look it up the next time we are there 🙂

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