Amsterdam is a place I’d never visited before but it was definitely on my list of places I wanted to go. I loved the tall different multi-colored buildings that line the canals that you would see in pictures. Did you know that Amsterdam use to have a tax on the width of peoples house? That is why you see the tall skinny house – people built up instead out out! I had also read about visiting Anne Frank’s house and how everyone cycles everywhere (even that there are more bikes than people!). And who could forget the red light district and ‘Coffee Shops’. When I was back home in England my family and I decided to visit for a quick city break over the Easter holidays. The plane ride was only an hour and after visiting for the 4 days it has quickly become one of my favourite European cities.
Our flight arrived early in the morning and after touching down we took the train into the city center. Luckily our hotel was right across from the train station so we did not have to go far. We checked in and checked out our very tiny rooms (they were still great). My sister and I shared a room and noticed after unpacking that our room had a very slight tilt to it (if you put anything on the side table/dresser and it was round in any way it would roll right off!).
The next few hours we meandered around the city taking in the sites, sounds and smells (when you passed a ‘coffee house’). The first stop was the Waag which is Amsterdam’s oldest surviving gatehouse as well as Oude Kerk. On the way there we also had to walk through the red light district. This was definitely an interesting experience.
After a quick lunch we decided to take the train/tram over the the Jewish Historical Museum. Right when we got done looking around we realized that there was an Amy Winehouse exhibition taking place (until 4th September) so we walked around it. From there we were all so tired that we decided to make our way back to the hotel and rest before venturing out for dinner. Dinner was at a little restaurant just off Rembrandtplein.
After dinner we stopped to see the statue of Rembrandt and the sculptures of the Night Watch. Rembrandt’s statue is Amsterdam’s oldest surviving statue and the night watch sculptures were part of a celebration for the artists 400th birthday. They are meant to be a representation of one of his most famous paintings Night Watch.
We made our way slowly back to the hotel, walking again through the red light district which was now just coming alive, stopping at one last place – Sweetella!
After a very filling dessert it was bed time!
Make sure to stop by for day 2!
Lots of Love,