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A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

Most of the people might think that they need to save lots of money and take a lot of vacation days to make a trip to Europe, specifically to Amsterdam. Well, you just need to know the essentials and let your adventurer spirit out to enjoy this beautiful city.

While traveling through the old continent, you have to make some space in your schedule for Amsterdam, even if it’s just a pair of days. Yes! You can see a lot of things in Amsterdam in only two or three days! How? here are some suggestions on how to spend a great weekend in one of the most beautiful European cities.

Accommodation Options

First, make sure to book at least two nights in an Amsterdam hotel, there are a lot of hotel options, or even better, you can stay at a Botel! Yes, boats tied to the dock that actually have hotel service! This is a very economic option if you are a backpacker or want to spend a little money. You can find some Amsterdam botels on the web and book a room, or rather a cabin, for you and your companion. And usually, these botels include free breakfast!

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Just take in mind that it is a boat, so the rooms are kind of small and you sleep in bunk beds. So if you are staying more than two nights, it’s more recommendable to book a normal hotel.

Hot Spots

But let’s talk about our main topic, how to make the most of Amsterdam in two days. So okay, a pair of days, it’s not a lot of time, and you will want to go to the most iconic and representative places of the Dutch capital. On day one, you can go to Dam Square, where people gather to admire some National monuments that surround the area, as well as the Amsterdam Central Train Station. Also, near from there, you can visit Madame Tussaud museum, one of the world’s most important wax museums.

Take A Boat Tour

Next, you can take a boat ride through the Amsterdam canals, there’s even a transportation system called hop-in-hop-off, where boats take you to your destination as they tell you the most relevant information of the city. When you see these waterways, you will know why Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North.

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Take one of these boats to Rijksmuseum, an arts and history museum where you can take your picture at the “IAmsterdam” letters, it’s a must! And now that we are in the museums topic, very near from it there’s also the Van Gogh museum, where you can see the most beautiful paintings of this artist.

    For a night out…

    When night comes, Red Light District is the perfect place to stop by. With its multiple bars, coffee shops, and music, here is where you wanna be after a long day. Amsterdamers love to party, so if you want to stay up all night, here is your perfect spot.

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    Add Some Culture to Your Trip

    On day two, you can visit Anne Frank’s house, where you’ll have a look to the place where Anne and her jewish family hid for 2 years and a half because of the Holocaust.

    Here’s a tip: book your ticket online so you don’t have to wait in long lines. And later on, you can take a walk through the beautiful streets, just remember that Amsterdam is a cyclist city so be aware of bikers! They are everywhere, but they have their own lane so just make sure you don’t invade it.

    Cheers and Bon Appetite!

    After a good meal, you can end your day going to the Heineken Experience at the brewery of this worldwide-known beer, where you can have the chance to make some of it, and of course, taste it too! What about cooking? Cooking Workshop Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook European cuisine with a professional chef!

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      So, here you have some good options if you don’t have much time (or money) to visit Amsterdam, you still will have enough time to capture its essence and leave a part of your heart with it!

      Featured photo credit: Adrian L. via instagram.com

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      Last Updated on December 2, 2018

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