I visited Amsterdam in August 2019 for my boyfriends birthday and we had a fantastic time!
This was not my first time in Amsterdam as I visited when I was 15 with my parents! Since I had already done all of the big sights such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, alongside the important historical monuments such as the Anne Frank House, we decided to give these a miss on this occasion.
Since I was not a blogger when I went, I did not think to keep track of our itinerary. I do not feel like I am in a good enough position to portray Amsterdam in the way it deserves however, being a travel enthusiast, I took a lot of photos!
So what better way to highlight a country than with a photo diary?
Now I am by no means a photographer and, as I previously mentioned, I wasn’t taking these with a blog in mind. However, I think it was a really fun trip and it would be nice to be able to look back on!
Our trip to Amsterdam was off to a slow start as our plane was delayed by over an hour. Luckily there was sushi in the Airport that we could have for dinner!
When we finally got to Amsterdam it was already dark so we called it a night there and checked in to our hotel.
The first thing we did the next day was a free walking tour! I am a huge fan of walking tours as I think they are a great way to see the city, and learn a bit about it, that you can then base the rest of your trip off of.
We stopped to discuss the history of Amsterdam and our guide covered everything from Prostitution to Coffee Shops, Canals to Tulips.
We then went to the begijnhof, a housing estate exclusively for single women. The whole area was stunning and wasn’t something I was aware existed prior to the walking tour.
Red Light District
After our walking tour we headed to learn more about the infamous red light district by visiting some museums. I didn’t take a whole lot of photos in either of these places however they were an important part of the trip and were incredibly interesting!
Red Light Secrets is a prostitution museum that explores everything from the history behind the districts windows to experiences that actual women have had. There is even a wall for you to write your own secrets anonymously!
We also visited the Sex Museum in Amsterdam-Centraal. This museum was a lot more light-hearted and fun than Red Light Secrets with a lot of bright lights and moving parts.
We also went to visit Amsterdam’s Condomerie which is a delightful place that sells models made out of condoms. It’s a fun place to visit and home to some of the most unique souvenirs you’ll ever find!
We started day 2 on the hunt for some brigadeiros. I had read online about a sweet shop that specialised in them and, since Matias is Brazilian, I couldn’t help but want to go.
It was definitely worth the trek as ‘Sweet Bob Amsterdam’ had such a huge variety and, though a bit pricy, was worth every penny.
We went back almost every day afterwards!
I am a huge fan of getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden attractions in the cities I visit. One of these gems that I discovered when researching Amsterdam was Kattenkabinet: a building dedicated to cat memorabilia!
House of Bols
The House of Bols experience is another one of those that I thoroughly enjoyed but, looking back, took next to no photos of. It was such a fun way to learn about the local gin, do a bit of a tasting and have some cocktails!
The absolute highlight of my time in Amsterdam was the A’dam Tower Lookout which we arrived at in time for sunset. Our reservation for the lookout wasn’t for a while so we spent an hour in the Skybar watching the boats taking people back across to Amsterdam-Centraal.
Once we got to the lookout we watched the sun set over the city. Finally our reservation came around for us to take our place in line for the swing over the edge of A’dam Tower.
The view was spectacular and was one of the best things I have ever done! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Amsterdam!
Our final day in Amsterdam was spent trying to gather our things and attempting to explore the city whilst lugging around our backpacks.
We had seen a lot of posters advertising a museum featuring Banksy and it did not disappoint! The Moco Museum had such a fun range of art that ranged from completely interactive pieces such as a room made entirely of purple spheres to political artwork. It was an unexpected gem!
There were so many beautiful sights in Amsterdam, some of which I was able to photograph and some I couldn’t. I have a lot of uncategorised photos of the canals and scenery so I will finish this post with some of Amsterdams beauty!
Have you ever been to Amsterdam?
Did you do anything I missed?