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Amsterdam

There are cities that exude a certain flair. Amsterdam is one such city. For me, there is always a relaxed atmosphere in Amsterdam, despite the hustle and bustle. This is certainly not only due to the coffee shops. Rather, the canals lined with narrow houses, the cute boutiques, the good cafés and the many colorful flowers ensure this. I would come back again and again for this alone! But Amsterdam has so much more to offer...

24/04/2022

dear(travel)diary,

Amsterdam is only three hours away from Wuppertal and yet I've only been there once and Bene hasn't even been there yet. That can't really be true! So I decided to give Bene a trip to Amsterdam for his birthday. This April we finally managed to travel to Amsterdam! Just in time for Bene's next birthday...

But I really wanted to go to Amsterdam in spring, because that's when all the flowers in the city are in full bloom and, with a bit of luck, the weather will be good. In fact, we were lucky and had bright sunshine and around 20 degrees all weekend. Perfect for exploring Amsterdam! We were able to see so much in the two and a half days we were there and I'd like to tell you all about it now!

xx Chiara

Overview:


What to see & discover

  1. My personal highlight: visiting the Moco Museum
  2. Experience Amsterdam as you imagine it: De 9 Straatjes
  3. Get to know a different side of Amsterdam: NDSM shipyard
  4. Taking postcard photos in front of the colorful houses of Damrak
  5. Admire masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum
  6. Shop at one of the many markets
  7. Stroll through De Hallen & Jordan
  8. Explore the city by bike
  9. Chill out in the Vondelpark
  10. Enjoy the view from Madame Tussauds
  11. Discover other good museums in Amsterdam such as the EYE Filmmuseum
  12. See the city from above: A'DAM Lookout
  13. If you like it: Enjoy the benefits of the liberal country


Where to Eat

  • Coffee District, Willemsparkweg 8h, 1071 HD Amsterdam
  • Massimo Gelato, several stores
  • Vegan Food Junk Bar, several stores
  • Fabel Friet, Runstraat 1, 1016 GJ Amsterdam
  • De Hallen Food Market, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 47, 1053 RT Amsterdam
  • Pllek, T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam
  • Restaurant & Pizzeria Lucca Due, Haarlemmerstraat 130, 1013 EX Amsterdam
I marked so many restaurants, cafés and bars that I had been recommended by friends. But of course we couldn't try everything in such a short time. However, I trust my friends that their tips are good and of course I dont want to withhold them from you. That's why I've summarized all the tips for you here:


Arrival & hotel

We took the train to Amsterdam. This was a little more expensive than the costs we would have had for fuel and parking. However, on the one hand, we wanted to travel sustainably. On the other hand, we often find train travel more relaxing than driving. This is because we were both able to do some university work on the train and weren't stuck in a traffic jam.

We spent the night at the Novotel Amsterdam City. I found a good offer for this hotel on Secret Escapes. We were very happy with the hotel. The rooms were nice, the bed comfortable, the staff friendly and the breakfast delicious. In addition, attention was paid to sustainability in many places. It was also very easy to get into the city by streetcar.


Costs

Amsterdam is unfortunately not the cheapest city. In my opinion, the prices for accommodation in particular are more expensive than in some other cities. To give you a rough idea of what a weekend in Amsterdam will cost you, I've put together an overview of our costs here:

  • Train tickets: 74€ p.p.
  • 2 nights for 2 people in a hotel with breakfast in total: 198€
  • Tourist tax for 2 people for 2 nights: €16.40
  • Vegan Food Junk Bar: approx. 22€ p.p.
  • De Hallen Food Market: approx. 12€ p.p.
  • Dinner Pllek: approx. 30€ p.p.
  • Fries at Fabel Friet: approx. 6€ p.p.
  • Coffee & pastries at District Coffee: approx. 7€ p.p.
  • Dinner Lucca Due: approx. 30€ p.p.
  • Tickets Madame Tussauds: 23€ p.p.
  • I amsterdam City Card: 85€ p.p.


i Amsterdam City Card

We bought the I amsterdam City Card for our time in Amsterdam. As we knew that we wanted to see a few sights, we assumed that the pass would be worthwhile for us. The pass was also recommended to me several times.

The pass includes entry to almost all sights and over 70 museums, use of public transport and rental bikes and even a canal cruise! The price of the pass varies depending on how many days you book it for. You can find out more here.

After our trip, I can also recommend the pass! We definitely saved money with it. I also liked the fact that we didn't always have to think about whether certain things were worth the price. Instead, we took everything we could.



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


From the community for the community

Tips from the community

"Browse through all the second-hand and vintage stores!"

miss_littletraveller


Do you have a tip for Amsterdam? Or a suggestion for the blog? Or would you simply like more information about Amsterdam?

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