I recently returned from a 3day mini cruise in the buzzing city of Amsterdam.
As an Amsterdam virgin, I had no idea what to expect – especially with its wild reputation. Brothels, beer, bicycles and beyond…
Amsterdam is like a lighter, airier, waterier, smaller, friendlier version of New York. I am yet to visit New York – but I look forward to comparing the similarity in the near future.
Amsterdam is full of canals and people riding bikes which mean much less traffic, less polution, less noise.
As soon as you step into Amsterdam, you’re hit with the iconic views of rows of brick townhouses, with huge windows, overlooking the canals.
I immediately fell in love with the architecture and my jaw didn’t stop hitting the floor for the whole trip.
We went on an hour Canal Tour – Canal cruises and boat tours are undoubtedly one of the most popular activities for tourists. We paid 10 euros by which the trip was organised by National Holidays which included a tour guide and captain. We had a few beers which were on offer while on the cruise, these were 2 euros a can- not bad price!
There are plenty of choices for varied cruises from ‘smoke-friendly’, pizza and even beer cruises. Its a brillant way to see the sights in a small period of time.
After the cruise ride we decided to visit the Sex Museum – There is no denying the omnipresence of sex in Amsterdam, however you may feel about it. The Museum is the dodgiest adventure imaginable and is a must do while visiting. The museum is full of memorabilia, artifacts, and images. Go in with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed…
We spent the remaining of day walking up and down the streets, taking in as much as possible, while chattering happily. Occasionally grabbing each other and saying “ohhh look at that one!” about an apartment with enormous windows!
You really would think we didn’t get out much, but we both find window size and ceiling height quite the conversation starter!
We found ourselves in the middle of the red light district , and I must say.. It was something I will never forget.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District is an area known so well for it’s entire dedication to prostitution, ‘coffeeshops’ and sexually eager men.
The real problem in the red light district is that prostitution has become the most popular tourist attraction of the entire city – Isn’t there so many other incredible things to admire? Il leave that for you to debate.
The one thing I was eager to visit but never got a chance too, was The Anne Frank House.
I would highly recommend pre-booking to avoid hour-plus waits and disappointment of not getting in. Someone on my trip got the chance to visit, they said it was both a fascinating and haunting experience .
I had an amazing trip and birthday, Im keen to go back there to explore more of this incredibly beautiful and exciting place. There is so much to do and see, Id recommend a week…
We went with the national holidays which included travel to and from Hull port, overnight accommodation for 2 nights as well as travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam – all for an bargain price!
If you have been, let me know in the comments below.
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