Destinations, Reviews and Guides

Suitcase Rewind: Amsterdam Guide

If you received my first newsletter earlier this week I shared that I will be heading to Europe the day after Christmas through the 4th of January! I am so excited to be going to Europe, let alone a vacation in general! This travel bug has gotten me so inspired I decided I would start a brand new series on my blog, a “Suitcase Rewind.” Where I give you a complete guide to a city or place I have traveled to!

The first location I will take you through is Amsterdam, Netherlands. A guide to show you the best way to spend your time in Amsterdam, whether you are there 24 hours or a week there is tons you can do!

I went to Amsterdam in Spring of 2014, and it was still a little chilly. One day the weather got down to about 40’s. So not too bad, but for a FL girl like me that was a little chilly. We spent about 48 hours in Amsterdam and had more than enough time do everything we wanted!

We stayed at Hotel De Paris right off the main drive-Leidseplein, it was a boutique hotel but in a seriously perfect location. The room wasn’t much bigger than our college dorm rooms, and the staircase was so steep you really had to watch your step, but the place had character! (For a great price,how can you go wrong??)

Amsterdam is so much more than the typical stereo-type everyone thinks of, here is a list of my favorite spots you need to go to if you are not into the whole coffee shop scene.

  1. The Iconic Amsterdam Sign– try to go early, if you want a good shot of the sign. The photo above was taken around 10am and we never got an clear shot without other people in it.
  2. Rijksmuseum- the beautiful building behind the famous sign. We skipped the museum portion of this and just walked around checking out the cool architecture inside, a great FREE option as well!
  3. VodelPark I’d have to say this is one is my FAV. We could have sat in the park and people watched all day long. We snagged a blanket and cups from our hotel, and brought champagne, berries, and cheese to snack on.
  4. Ann Frank House- I have always loved learning about the holocaust, this was a really neat experience!
  5. Flower & Cheese Market– If you love fresh flowers and really smelly old cheese you HAVE to go this market, it is located right on the water and just steps away from a ton of outdoor eateries, where you can have a bier!
  6. Red Light District- Now this is super riskay, but a really interesting fun part of the Amsterdam culture. We quickly went strolling through the district before going out one night, just so we could see what it was all about. I suggest going early, never alone, and be aware of your surroundings!!

Skip the Van Gogh Museum, Pankcakes, and “free beer with dinner” signs. Be sure to say yes to Chipsy King at an hour of the day, try the Heineken Tour, and also the bar crawls! Oh and BEWARE of Bikers. They will run you over!!!

On the other hand, if you rent bikes for the day, it would be the perfect way to get around the city. We mainly walked everywhere, and if we got tired, we just hopped on the tram. Another fun way to see the city is to take one of the many river cruises. We were sad we weren’t able to to go on one during out time there!

If you are going with someone you admire, or just even a friend, just like the love lock bridge in Paris, be sure to add your lock to Amdsterdam’s Skinny Bridge. Just ask anyone where the skinny bridge is and they will direct you. Either bring your own lock, or buy one from any of the surrounding shops!

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I had a blast while I was there, and hope to return one day soon! If you are planning your own trip or just  curious about Amsterdam feel free to comment below, or email me at Signaturecoast@gmail.com ! I would LOVE to share.

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♥Jas