So the kids were on half-term break so we needed to get out of Belgium for a bit so I planned a trip to Amsterdam for an overnight. I have been wanting to go here for a long time! I will say, one night did not do us justice!
Amsterdam, is beautiful city in The Netherlands, this place has captured my heart. With their quaint houses and plethora of bikes, you can’t help but fall in love! When researching this trip, on the Google maps, everything looked far away from each other. They do have a tram system that is so convenient, it was nice being in a town that did not have cars beside delivery trucks moving about. This is by far the most bike friendly town I have seen! Europe is very bike friendly, but Amsterdam is the King (no pun considering that Holland has a new King.)
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is name that because of the Amstel River. Also called the Venice of the north because of all its beautiful canals. This city is the perfect walking city, take the tram to Prinsegracht and you can walk along the canal that leads to Anne Franks House, when you are done, head over to the Pancake Bakery. While you are enjoying the HUGE pancake, have a Heineken or an Amstel. After that go to the charming Tulip Museum, where you can see how Holland became famous for its tulips and buy some to take with you. And next door is the is the Amsterdam Cheese Museum, which isn’t a museum, it is a cheese shop but a good one with a large variety of goudas from the traditional to the interesting, this is a cute souvenir shop!
The second and last day, we went to the NEMO Science center, this place was made for kids! 5 floors of hands on science experiments. The exhibits are in both english and in dutch, the kids and adults can spend hours in here! Entry fee is 15 euros with the I Amsterdam card, free!!
Walking around town alone is just as nice as visiting the popular sites! It is a relaxing city!
When visiting, get the I Amsterdam card! It is worth the money, you can get it for 24, 48 or 72 hours. This card gets you into participating museums (like the Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh and many more!) for free!! FREE! With an additional 10 euros, you can ride the trams. With this card you can also discounts at restaurants! It is worth the money and I highly recommend it! The tram will be your best transportation friend! This form of public transportation made seeing Amsterdam so relaxing and for more fun! The bikes, you can rent bikes! I wish we had done this well! We had to watch for bikes rather than cars, which was cool and at times dangerous, go figure. Our hotel was small but super comfortable! The Apple Inn Hotel is right on the a tram line and within walking distance to some really great restaurants. The beds were great and shower was relaxing, they have breakfast which was okay. I found the hotel through Venere and for the price it wasn’t bad. Amsterdam for hotels is expensive, next time, I would use Airbnb. This city is worth the visit and one that I will go back to! In the Fall, the color of the leaves highlight the canal row houses. I can only imagine what it would be like in the Spring. Amsterdam is beautiful! Check it out!