Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe and I certainly can see why, we thoroughly enjoyed our few days away in this beautiful country. The official language is Dutch, but nearly everyone speaks English as a second language and the Euro is their currency which is super handy. The transport is second to none and we were so lucky with the weather for the time we visited as it was so warm.
Where we stayed:
We stayed in Zaandam which was only 12 minutes by train to central station in Amsterdam. Zaandam is a city in the Waterland and Zaan Region in the province of North-Holland in the Netherlands, just north of Amsterdam so if you wish to take in and see more of Holland than just Amsterdam in a short space of time I highly recommend this area, it felt like Kildare Village Outlet with all the shopping areas. Our hotel was right beside the train station so was an ideal location. Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam is a 4-star hotel and is visually impressive as you can see, the structure is a lively stacking of various examples of the traditional houses to be found in the Zaan region.
What we did:
Amsterdam is full of history and activities. William and I are personally not into museums but if you are, there is a wide variety of museums to choose from such as Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House (although we did try to view the Anne Frank House the queue’s were insane so I highly recommend booking in advance to avoid long queue’s and waiting times). We did however visit a sex museum but I guess that’s different.
Canal Cruise: Get a feel for the history and layout of Amsterdam by boat. We chose to take a full tour and travel through the canals of the city.
Heineken Experience: We really enjoyed the Heineken Experience tour and think it’s a great bang for your buck. The tour lasts nearly 2 hours with tons of activities, two free beers, plus a free souvenir.
The Red Light District: It’s definitely worth a look to see what the hype is all about. We were in wonder and awe to say the least.
Ice Bar: Colourfully-lit bar where everything from the walls to the glasses are made out of ice.
Where we ate:
Inntel Hotel Restaurant: We sat out at the terrace at the waters’ edge and the menu was extensive and food was delicious, slightly pricier than the rest of the eateries we sampled in Amsterdam but worth it for the views and atmoshphere.
Pasta Bar: We discovered the Pasta Bar shortly after arriving in Amsterdam. The pizzas and pasta were delicious, service attentive, prices reasonable, location perfect (near Central train station)! We were so impressed that we returned a second time. We would highly recommend the Pasta Bar!
McDonalds: What’s a holiday if you don’t sample their local McDonalds, as always perfect.
Manneken Pis: Tasty chips and a variety of sauces to choose from. Huge portions and reasonably priced.
Overall, it’s well worth a visit and thank you for taking the time to read all about our stay in Amsterdam.