Amsterdam was the first stop on a 10-day Europe trip for me and my roommate, Sarah. It started out rough – our hostel had bed bugs and thus, I did not get any sleep that night – but otherwise, everything was nothing short of spectacular.
Every person we met was incredibly sincere and kind, every meal was spectacular, and the entire city as a whole was simply stunning.
Needless to say, Amsterdam was absolutely one of my favorite cities!
We mostly got around the city using their Tram system, which was very affordable at about 2.50€ a ticket, although the entire city has multiple options for public transportation in general.
We had a couple days in Amsterdam and made everything on our list, except the Anne Frank Museum, which was a result of terrible luck on our part! We ended up outside the museum or in the line a grand total of three times, but unfortunately, we never made it inside.
We did, however, make it to a few other museums: the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, both of which I would HIGHLY recommend if you like art even a little bit, or just museums in general. Both museums (obviously) had some rather significant artists hanging on their walls.
In Rijksmuseum, we saw a couple works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, and oh so, so much more. Their collections as a whole were all rather impressive, and you could spend hours upon hours walking through it all.
Rijksmuseum, notably, had Rembrandt’s painting The Night Watch, which is nothing short of massive and amazing, and well worth a visit.
We made it to the Van Gogh Museum on a whim, and I must say it was rather spectacular. My entire family loves impressionism, so seeing works we’ve all poured over in books or on websites was just amazing. We went early in the morning, before we had to catch our bus to Brussels, and thus had no line to wait in and a relatively empty museum in comparison to how packed it was by the time we left.
The Van Gogh Museum had a few other artists than Van Gogh, specifically a couple by Monet and many by Munch, who is best known for Scream and has one version in the Van Gogh Museum!
Even if you don’t like museums, Amsterdam is appealing in so many other ways. The Red Light District is certainly fun to walk through during the day or after dark, there are endless canals and hidden side streets to walk down and find a small, local restaurants with simply fantastic food, and if you get lost – which we were many times – someone will always happily help you find your way.
Amsterdam was a really amazing city, one I felt surprisingly safe and comfortable in, and although I didn’t even begin to cover the city, it’s one I plan on visiting many more times in the future.