What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amsterdam? Most people would think something like drugs, prostitution, or partying. And they’re right! However, this city is filled with more canals than Venice, lots of museums, amazing food, and plenty of diversity. The idea of going to Amsterdam might worry some people because of its leniency towards drugs, but it is actually one of the top 25 safest cities in the world! We were only in the city for one day and two nights, so we tried to fit in as many attraction and as much nightlife as possible.
We started our walking tour at the National Monument, which is in memory of WWII. Next was the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, entrance is 10 euros and comes with a complimentary audio guide to walk you through the royal residence. Next, we passed by the Oude Church, which was being used for service at the time. This area leads you to the red light district, which we happened upon by accident. Here you will find prostitution windows, coffee shops (this is where they sell weed), and other activities that are considered illegal in the United States. Once we walk through the red light district we made our way to the Church of Saint Nicholas. This is a grand Catholic church built-in a neo-baroque and neo-renaissance style, with stained glass windows, and has no entrance fee. We then made our way to the Anne Frank House. Safely, we did not get to go inside because the morning was reserved for large group tours and we were not able to wait for the afternoon openings because of our tight schedule. Adult tickets are only 9 euros after 3 p.m. normal price is 14.50. Your ticket gives you access to a 30 minute into about Anne Franks life, WWII, and the holocaust in general plus the actual museum itself. We then made our way to the cheese museum. We recommend visiting while your hungry, they have a lot of free samples and this place had the best cheese of the whole trip. We ended up buys some of the smoked goat cheese, but we recommend trying a little of everything! We wanted a little more to eat so we got one of Amsterdam’s most well-known foods, fries in a paper cone. It’s pretty simple, a bunch of fries in a cone container with your choice of one of their sauces, which include spicy thai, bbq, sweet and sour, ect. Another quick thing to mention about Europe, in general, is that they love their carbonated water aka water with gas. So if you are trying to get regular bottled water make sure you look for the word still in whatever language the country speaks.
Next, we went to the Heineken Experience. Tickets cost 16 euros, but if you are a beer lover or fan of Heineken you will enjoy this tour. They walk you through the process of how they make their beer and at the end you get three complimentary fresh Heineken draft beers. Next, we walked through Vondelpark on our way to the Van Gogh Museum. Adult tickets cost 18 euros, you have the option of purchasing an audio guide, but each painting has a small description in English. Before we made our way back to the hostel we stopped by the famous I Amsterdam sign and the Rijksmuseum, which has a vast collection of European art. That night we decided to go on our first pub crawl to celebrate David’s birthday. We got tickets for the Leidseplein Pub Crawl for about 20 euros. This included 30 minutes of free vodka shots at the first bar, entrance to 6 different bars/clubs, 1 free beer or wine at each bar/club, a professional guide that is with you the whole night, and a free t-shirt for females. Besides all these awesome benefits this gave us a great icebreaker to talk to and make friends with other travelers, the majority of the people on the bar crawl were not from Amsterdam.
Overall, Amsterdam is a very diverse city with plenty of hidden attractions and great nightlife. If you are interested in seeing some of the pictures from Amsterdam make sure to check out the video below. If you haven’t already please like and follow our social media accounts and subscribe to our email letter to know as soon as new posts are out! If you have any questions about Amsterdam feel free to email us at Garvin2017@heartofanadventurer.com. Make sure to look for the next post on Copenhagen, Denmark.