A couple of weeks ago I spent a weekend in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Had a great time!
Since I didn’t have much time off of work, it was a short trip. I drove down to Arlanda (airport in Sweden), after work on a Thursday. The flight was two hours late, so I got to the hostel I was sleeping in at midnight.
I slept at a hostel named Dutchies Hostel. Not the best location, about 5k from all museums and the city itself. But easily reachable by tram and bus. I also walked into the city one day, which is also an option. Or renting a bike, but that was more expensive than taking the tram (and looked dangerous, so many people out on bikes! I thought I would be run over!). But otherwise it was a really nice hostel. Clean, felt like a safe neighborhood, a nice (if a bit small) kitchen. I would stay there again if I go back there.
During my trip I went to the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the public library, sat the I Amstersam sign, went on a canal cruise. I also had a bit of downtown at different restaurants and ate great , did some writing, had coffee and strawberries in the sun.
Have to say that the public transportation system was quite confusing and difficult to understand. But I managed to not get lost and I got everywhere I wanted. I bought a 48 hour card (walked the first evening and morning). If you ever go to Amsterdam: remember to both check in and out of the bus/tram, otherwise the card gets invalid. Don’t ask me why, but it’s important. I was terrified I would forget, but managed to get it right every time.
My favorite museum I went to in Amsterdam was the Anne Frank House. Just don’t do what I did: just show up there after 3.30 pm and plan on getting a ticket at the door. Book ahead. I had to wait in line for 2,5-3 hours. In the end it was worth it though. A must visit when you’re in Amsterdam!
Unfortunately I only had two and a half day in Amsterdam, I would have loved staying there longer. I liked the city. I thought it kind of reminded me of a mix between London and Venice. I’ll definitively go back when I get the chance.