Monday, 25 August 2014

Amsterdam

A few weeks ago I took my boyfriend to Amsterdam for his 30th birthday. It's a city I have never been to before so was I pleased to tick another one of my list and to finally knock visiting the Anne Frank House off my bucket list (which is huge by the way). Sadly, it rained for the majority of our trip so I was unable to take as many pictures as I would have liked. Despite the rain, I thought Amsterdam was a great city and I would love to go back one day.

If you have been to Amsterdam then I'm sure you will know there are countless things to do and see. Top of our list was a city bus tour, the Heineken Experience, a canal cruise, a visit to the red light district and the Anne Frank House.

On arrival (at the airport) we purchased an Amsterdam Holland Pass. An Amsterdam Holland Pass is an all in one city pass offering tickets to various museums and attractions and discounts in shops and restaurants. The Amsterdam Holland Pass comes with a book listing all the places the pass can be used. We opted for the 2 ticket pass for 35 Euros each. This included 2 tickets to a number of attractions such as The Heineken Experience and The Van Gogh Museum (check here for a list museums and attractions).  The pass also included  the choice of free public transport for 24 hours or a city tour. We choose the city tour as a train ticket from the aiport was only 4 Euros and we bought a 72 hour tram/metro pass for 16 Euros. Not only that but the Amsterdam Holland pass also allowed you fast track entry to most museums and upto 50% off the entrance fee. Unfortunately, the Anne Frank House is not included in the Amsterdam Holland Pass. However, the entrance fee was very reasonable 9 Euros but be prepared for a very long wait a the que.

During our trip we stayed in the museum district which was a short walk to the Leidseplein area where there was countless restaurants and bars. You could also find the Hard Rock Cafe and the Casino here. We ate dinner in this area every night and I was so impressed with the food. On our last night we eat in a traditional dutch restaurant called De Blauwe Hollander which I would highly recommend. We went in just at the right time and managed to get a table straight away. Within 10 minutes the restaurant was full and they were turning people away every few minutes so we guessed it must have been a popular little restaurant. Another recommendation of mine is to try the Profferjes (a Dutch dessert) which are like small fluffy pancakes. They sold Profferjes in cafes and street stalls.

Here are the pictures I managed to get in between the rain.