Your first time in Amsterdam will leave you saying “Damn Amsterdam” in a dutch accent and tease you into staying longer than you expected. Amsterdam fulfilled all our Amsterdam stereotypes: weed, canals and bikes.
the first time I traveled to Amsterdam, I did couchsurfing with a local, which I would recommend but not for your first time visiting Amsterdam. I got a tour of the lesser known side of the city but missed out a few major attractions.
FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL — AMSTERDAM KOOKT
happens at the end of August-beginning of July and is a parade of graffiti and food truck displaying the best of Amsterdam food. it is the perfect spot to ‘chill’, quench those munchies and watch the sunset
Amsterdam is filled with museums: Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, Van Gogh, Anne Frank House, Heineken — (each) museum will cost between €15–€17 per person. I would highly suggest booking your ticket online, it won’t actually save you any money but it will save you loads of the time. the lines for these museums are loooooooong and you don’t want to spend half you day waiting to get into one museum. when you book your tickets in advance online you can bypass the long queues and pick an allotted time slot.
**if you do plan on visiting majority of these museums; I would highly suggest getting the I Amsterdam card. it gives you discounts entry to the museums, free canal ride, unlimited transportation (metro, buses and trams). You can pick how long you would like to use the card**
Van Gogh Museum
Step into the life of the legendary Vincent Van Gogh and see his world through his eyes and paintings. The head set audio guide is €5 and needed in order to learn about his life.
be sure to check out the sculpture garden around the museum — it’s fo free
if you are a beer lover then you will adore this experience. learn about the history of Heineken, the secret ingredients and the proper way to enjoy a cold one (while enjoying a free one)
Amsterdam Cheese Museum
Cheese seems to be everywhere in Amsterdam and filled to the rim in the cheese museum. It is a little shop where you can sample an assortment of flavors of cheese (some you probably didn’t even known existed). Make sure you head downstairs to get a little history lesson about the process of making cheese and a photo shoot with some cheese!
I AMSTERDAM sign
The sign is a tourist hotspot, literally it will be nearly impossible to not snap a photo with a stranger in it. everyone wants their picture with the sign. try going SUPER early or SUPER late?
but the best way to explore your way through the city is to wander around foot or bike and get lost through the canals
until next time Amsterdam…