Last month I jetted off too Amsterdam after what seemed like a life time since booking, for Billys 21st. We had the best time and came away with plenty of stories to tell! It is somewhere you have to visit as it is like nowhere else in the world.
We stayed at Inntel Hotel, just a short distance from the station, shopping centre and infamous red Light District! I got an amazing deal through Lastminuet.com, securing a superior room and return flights for just over £500 for both of us. The hotel alone is priced at £201 per night for the basic room. As well as a central location, the hotel came with free access to the spa, including a steam room and sauna – however that is a whole other story.
Transportation from the Schiphol Airport could not be easier. It is attached to the train station, from which you can get a direct train to Amsterdam Centraal for around 5 euros.
I’m going to try and do this like my last post on Las Vegas, so let me know if you like this travel guide kind of style! I know it doesn’t include everything, but I’ve talked about what I would like to know.
The “need to know”
- Drinks were around 6 euros for a beer, and the same for a soft drink! Although a few places offer happy hours.
- Food was rather cheap – about 12 euros a dish. We found that most restaurants offer a special deal of the day, where you can get a main, a drink and occasionally a starter for between 12 – 20 euros.
- Best way to travel: on foot! everything is rather close (furthest around 30mins away) but you don’t want to miss any of the sights.
- Best area to stay in: I would highly recommend the area we stayed in. It was extremely close to the shopping district, with the red light district a short 5 minuet walk away. There were lots of restaurants and bars based around here, and was extremely central.
- The weather: Obviously it varies throughout the year, but follows British weather. We went in September and it was still warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, although I needed a jacket at night. I know that winter can be rather cold, but you’re better just to check before you go!
Top things to do/see
- The Heineken museum is a must even if you aren’t that into beer. You walk round the museum, learning about the history and all that – but in an interactive way and acting as the beer yourself going through the brewing process. You are given a total of 3 glasses of beer – and can even pour it for yourself. You can play Fifa, make music and create your own cycling video too. Tickets are around £16 if bought before hand. We got ours from Get Your Guide.
- The Rijksmuseum is great if you are into art and a little bit of culture. It houses artists such as Van Gogh, and is situated in Museum Square, where the I Amsterdam sign is. Tickets are around £16 each again. Ours were from Viator.
- Canal boat tour – we didn’t get chance to do this as our last day was rather rainy. We found one near the hotel that offered the trip along with free drinks for 15 euros per person.
- The Museum of Prostitution – now this is something only Amsterdam can offer. Situated in the red light district, you get to see what it is like to sit in one of the windows, and listen to the secrets of women who have been their themselves. Tickets are available via the link above.
- The Sex Museum. The home of the penis chair. Filled with sex-like artefacts and full of interesting information.
- Vintage shops. Near the Museum quarter you can find a ton of amazing vintage shops! They are super cheap, unlike those in Britain, and offer some great things.
I will 100% be returning to Amsterdam in the future (hopefully soon). Let me know if you have tips or places to visit.
Until next time,