Hey guys it’s Aisling here and as promised I’m going to give you all a full run through of my recent trip to Amsterdam at the start of September , where we stayed, ate and what activities we done etc.
I know loads of you were thinking of going, or had already planned to go so I hope you find this useful! Let me start by saying if you haven’t already been, you need to get planning your trip asap. It’s such a beautiful, relaxed city with something for everyone.
We booked our flights directly through Ryanair and they worked out around 85 euro each, very reasonable!
We stayed in the Q- Factory hotel, about 5 stops on the tram from all the hustle and bustle of Dam Square. The location was great, rooms warm and comfortable and it was really clean, with reasonably priced food and drink too.
I have to say it wouldn’t be to everybody’s taste as it was really quirky and mainly held a younger crowd so if you’re looking for peace, quiet and luxury, it mightn’t be for you but it definitely ticked all the boxes for us. We booked this through Booking.com and it was 370 euro for 3 nights.
Probably my favourite thing about this city- the food! We didn’t eat anywhere that didn’t have amazing food and there is so much choice around, you’ll definitely find something to suit your taste. We kind of stuck to what we knew for dinners and ate in places we already knew of like Wagamamas and Dominos, but my favourite place of all was where we ate breakfast on our last morning, ‘Rene’s Croissants’ which is just off Dam square.
It was absolutely amazing! Let’s just say, it was a weekend filled with pastries, pizza, churros and ice-cream, but isn’t that what holidays are all about!
Things to do
You definitely won’t find a shortage of things to do and tourist attractions in this city. From renting bikes around the city, visiting Artis Zoo, a trip to one of the many museums or the local canal cruises, again there’s something for everyone.
While we were there we went to; Artis Zoo, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, The Heineken Brewery Experience, The Amsterdam Lookout and a canal cruise. Needless to say it was a fun filled few days and we wanted to see as much of the city while we were there as we could.
Something I wanted to do that we missed out on also was the Anne Frank House but unless you pre- book this you will be queuing for hours so that’s something to do for next time! Because it is such a popular spot and attracts so many tourists, the attractions can be quite pricey so you’ll have to pick the things you’d most like to see.
I would highly recommend the Heineken Experience and Artis Zoo, these were our faves! These both sit around the 20 euro mark and tickets are available online, or through a handy app called ‘Tiqets’ Also the canal cruise was a great way to learn some interesting facts about the history of the city. The one we chose only cost 11.50 euro but there are loads to choose from!
The Amsterdam Lookout boasts the highest swing in Europe off the side of a building so if you don’t have a fear of heights, definitely give this a go too! The lookout experience is 12.50 euro and the swing is an extra 5 euro.
This gets a whole section of this post to itself, it’s the biggest in Europe!! Seven floors of pure heaven, two of those being men’s so it’s not even just for us gals! All I’m saying is bring some extra room in your luggage and some extra spending money, they had some gorgeous pieces that you won’t find at home. Every girls dream!
What I Wore
This city is so relaxed and you will find people from every culture imaginable. The fashion was unreal! I just kept it really comfortable and casual throughout the trip as we were doing so much everyday.
Do’s and Don’ts
Buy a transport ticket to last you the duration of your stay as this is the cheapest way to make use of the city’s abundant public transport, trams, buses and ferries. They are available in 24h, 48h, 72h etc. We got a four day one for 22 euro so it’s really reasonable considering how much you will use the tram to get around.
Check out where abouts your hotel is located before you get to the airport so you know which train to get on. If your staying in Amsterdam itself you will most likely need a ticket to Amsterdam Central- you can get pretty much anywhere from there! We hadn’t researched it properly before our trip so ended up a little confused at the airport!
Leave your belongings easily accessible while your out and about or on the trams as pick- pocketing is well known in Amsterdam. I picked up a small bag in Penneys for only 8 euro and it did the job perfectly, I just wore it cross body under my jacket all the time so I didn’t have to be keeping an eye on it.
That’s all from me guys hope you found this post useful. If you’ve any more, specific questions make sure to get in touch on Facebook or snapchat and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Until next time,