. . . a city to get lost.
As you may know I headed to Amsterdam for four days to explore the city. I really had a great time over there. But honestly stressful, as well. In my opinion city trips are always related with pressure, because you want to see as much as you can. Unfortunately there wasn't so much time to stroll through the city without a destination to go. Therefor it feels like we've seen almost every part of the city, which is not as bad. To add on our hotel called "France Hotel" (linked below, but I cannot recommend it) is directly in the center of the city five minutes from the Central Station, that's why we walked almost everything by foot. And my legs always hurt in the evening.
Something about our hotel: I guess you don't need a luxury and perfect hotel for a city trip like this, because you only will sleep there. And the hotel was okay for the price! We always had breakfast in the Pub right next to us, what was nice. The standard of the hotel was not as good. First we had a room without a window, but fortunately we could change.
Things to say about Amsterdam
First things first when you head to Amsterdam you'll definitely have to jump away from a bike-rider, because there are so many of this, that you cannot avoid it. They literally have an own street part almost everywhere. So if you love riding by bike it's the perfect place! By enjoying a sightseeing tour the tourist guide told us that there are thrice as much bicycles as humans.
I unfortunately have to say something negative about Amsterdam, as well. There is so much trash, like empty bottles everywhere, if it's in the park, in the Amstel or on the street... you'll see it.
The city is well-known for the red light area and the coffee shops, too. And yes I've to admit that I've been over there and especially when it becomes night there is a lot of prostitution. I also have to admit that I've smelled a lot more Cannabis than ever, but you can avoid these areas if you want. For me, it is worth to take a look.
But now we forget the negative aspects and go back to the positive ones, because there are much more of it. The architectures and buildings of Amsterdam are just a dream. They are all so detailed and lovely that you wish you could live there. But I've been told that it's not so easy because you have to follow many rules. But if I could choose one thing which I liked most about Amsterdam, I would say the buildings... next to the river.
I will write down all the activities we've done and locals we've vistited and say what I can recommend, so that you have an idea where you could go when you plan to go to Amsterdam.
Where I've been to and what I've done
arrived in Amsterdam
had breakfast - in Omelegg
headed to the Nieuwmarkt - which is very touristic and not the best market
strolled through Jordaan - a really lovely area
bus tour - via Tours & Tickets
visited the Noordermarkt - really cool market for vintage stuff
had lunch in the Pluk coffee - so lovely decorations and foods
walked over the Bloemenmarkt - what I cannot recommend
Begjinhof - a beautiful and detailed housing development
had a look into the YELLOWCORNER gallery - which offers breathtaking modern photographs
headed to the SkyLounge - where you have an unique view over Amsterdam
went to the Red Light area of Amsterdam
went to the Albert Cupymarkt - which was my favorite one. There are foods, clothes, flowers...
strolled through the streets of the De Pijp area - a really nice spot to spend time
vintage shopping - in a shop called Het Kaufhaus
lay down at the Vondelpark - which was really crowded
strolled through the alleys of Jordaan and China Town
the late night canal cruise - was romantic and impressing
went to a secret church - a really interesting place
visited a houseboat museum
take a photo of the six dancing houses
climbed the Oude Kerk Tower - where you had an amazing view
What I've wore
VINTAGE jacket/ MARKET dress/ BIBI bracelet