We’ve all had the post-Christmas blues, when all the excitement is over, you’ve got nothing planned for a couple of weeks, and you’re just plain bored. My boyfriend and I fell victim to this and decided to book a long weekend away to Amsterdam in February. If you’ve never been, this might give you an idea of what there is to do!
We booked a mega early flight and arrived to our hotel at 9am and upgraded ourselves to get a room straight away. We had a little power nap and then took the tram into the centre and got some pancakes at the Ice Bakery for lunch. I’m already a massive fan of pancakes and I ate them for about 2 weeks straight after coming home as well! After a bit of shopping, we headed over to Anne Frank’s; it was so sobering to see her belongings in real life, even just the typical everyday things like shopping lists. Don’t forget to pre-book if you’re making plans to go, you can’t buy tickets on the door at the moment, and you definitely don’t want to get there and be disappointed.
We got up quite late on the Saturday morning, but went to get pancakes before heading over to the Van Gogh museum. Again I’d recommend pre-booking, although you can pay on the door, we had to queue for about an hour and a half! We then visited the ever-so sophisticated Sex Museum, which is a must but is basically just full of porn and penises. By the time we came out it was dark but we decided to do the Canal cruise, and actually learnt a lot about the history of Amsterdam, but if we were to do it again we’d choose a day time slot so we could actually see some of what we were being told about! We then took a stroll down the Red Light District, and took a visit to the Prostitution museum which is a lot more informative than the Sex Museum, and quite fun too!
We wanted to fit as many experiences into our day on the Sunday, and started off early with the Rijksmuseum. I’d recommend setting aside a couple of hours for this; it’s really quite big and a bit of a maze which we did get lost in a couple of times! Just outside we were greeted with the Iamsterdam sign, and we took the classic touristy photo. We then headed over to the Heineken Experience, which was okay, but considering neither of us are really a fan of the drink, it probably wasn’t worth the money! Our last museum stop of the day was the Cannabis museum, which we probably wouldn’t do again, it wasn’t overly exciting to be honest.
On our last day, we tried to fit a couple more tourist attractions in, so we made our way to the A’dam Lookout. It’s not massively expensive, but probably a little more than I would’ve expected. We enjoyed a drink with a view before heading up to the roof to do the Swing. We both loved this, but it was absolutely freezing which I think was our main concern by the end of it! We only had about 5 hours before our flight after this and decided to finish our trip in style. We headed to the Ice Bar which we booked the night before and had a really cool time (pun intended). You get one free welcome drink, and then once inside you get either 2 beers or 2 vodka shots; I’d recommend the Vodka Cream it tasted like vanilla ice cream! We grabbed some food in the city centre and then headed to the airport for our flight home.
We had an absolutely amazing time, I personally would love to go back, especially when it’s nicer weather, I’m sure it’s gorgeous in the sun! If I was going again I’d probably also take a bit more money, the shopping is just too good! I would definitely recommend it, and also our hotel XO Couture because it was right next to a tram stop and we had a lovely room!