This time last year five of us took a 4 day trip to Amsterdam. I’d visited Amsterdam years before, but this was my first visit during autumn and it was just beautiful.
There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam, but in 4 days, it can be hard to fit it all in! In this post, I’m sharing my top 5 things to do and see!
1. Floating flower markets
The floating flower markets in Amsterdam are the only floating flower markets in the world. They ‘float’ as they stand on houseboats, although they don’t really move at all! There are all sorts of tulips and other flowers. You can even buy bulbs to take home and plant in your own garden! It’s really nice to grab a coffee and stroll along the markets in the morning.
2. Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank house is a writers house and museum dedicated to Anne Frank. For two years Anne Frank,her family, the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer lived in the annex of this house, until they were deported to various concentration camps in 1944. The museum is fascinating and is laid out really well. There are quotations from the diary, historical documents, photographs, film images, and original objects that belonged to those in hiding on display. Anne’s original diary and other notebooks are also on display in the museum. Even if you’re not a history buff, it’s well worth a visit. The queues can be quite long to visit the museum, but we found that by going late in the evening, there was only about a 30 minute wait, compared to about 3 hours in the morning!
Entry to the museum costs €9.
3. The Van Gogh museum
The Van Gogh museum is located in museum square, which is worth a visit itself! It’s a modern museum which houses many of Van Gogh’s most famous works of art. Most people are familiar with Sunflowers by Van Gogh, so it was really nice to see the original! There is a lovely gift shop and cafe located in the museum too! The Rijkmuseum is located close to the Van Gogh museum, and is is the Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. Just outside the Rijksmuseum is the famous ‘I amsterdam’ sign! Great for the iconic Amsterdam photo!
The cost of entry to the museum is €17.
4. The Heineken Brewery
Amsterdam is the home of Heineken, and as a beer fan, I decided that a visit to the brewery was a must! We didn’t book tickets in advance, and found the evening time to be the least busy time to visit! The tour is very fun and interactive. It’s a self guided tour which takes about 1.5 hours, with a tasting at the end. There is a bar at the end, where we had a beer, this was included the tour. The gift shop is also worth a look!
Cost of the tour is €16.
5. Canal boat cruise by night
When the sun goes down and the lights are being switched on, a different Amsterdam appears. And the best way to enjoy this is from the water! The illuminated buildings and bridges turn the city magical. We passed by lots of houseboats all lit up, its amazing to see how people live on the canals! This cruise takes about 1.5 hours. The boat is covered over, but there is an area to stand out in the open air. Wrap up warm, it gets chilly!
Cost of the evening canal cruise is approx €19.50
Amsterdam is an amazing city, with so much to do and see! My best advice is to put on some comfy shoes, grab a coffee and walk, walk, walk!
Hope you enjoyed this blog post! I would love to hear any tips or your favourite places to visit in Amsterdam! Comment below or find me on instagram!
Until next time,