AMSTERDAM – Netherlands


We travelled by train from Rotterdam, which was a short 2 hour direct train. We have been to Amsterdam before, so we had an idea of what the layout of the land is. The biggest difference from our last visit is the amount of people here in this city, overwhleming!

What a happening place, and caters to the tourists every need. With hundreds of things to do and see over a fairly large area to cover, depending on what you would like to see. We kept it simple as it was our second time here, and just wanted to see a couple of other things, and look more then just the “main drag”. We walked down the Red Light District, walked over to Anne Frank House only to find that even in the rain, there must of been 200 people in line Amsterdam Cafewaiting to get in. So we passed, we did find the Anne Frank statue to take a picture of.
Amsterdam has a large amount of canals, making it very easy to get lost evens with a map in hand. Just when you think you might know how to get somewheres or think you know the streets, you will end up on the other street.
Hungry? There is a very large variety of food to choice from, and many different restaurants or just McDonalds if that hits your fancy. Shop around sometimes for the simple things like water, and soda drinks. They can range in price, but so can everything here. Our favourite place to eat in Amsterdam was the Pizza King which is located in a small connecting alley, nothing fancy. Sells nothing but greatly made thick pizza for a good price.
A great way to see the city and get around is the Hop On Hop Off Bus. You can get all the information you need from any tour agent any where you please, extremely helpful and speak great english. There is many attractions, museums or excursions to see:
  • Body Worlds
  • Heineken Experience
  • Red Light Walking Tours
  • Bike Tours
  • Anne Frank House
  • Countryside & Windmills
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Delft & The Hauge
  • Amsterdam Ice Bar (Not Canadian style)
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Canal Tours/Cruse
  • Red Light Secrets
  • Torture Museum
  • The Amsterdam Dungeon
  • The list goes on and on!
  • Anne Frank

    Anne Frank

If you are feeling ambitions, you can rent a bike for a day and tour around. Most places also offer bike tours and are happy to lead you around to show you to great things to see. Canal tours of course! They also offer a romantic evening tour on the canal, or dinner excursions. If you are wanting to do something simple to cover some ground, the local tram system is easy to understand, and get allows a group or a family the easy to get on or off for a reasonable price. Our preferred method was walking around to and from the hotel, and exploring the city on foot to see as much as possible and not miss anything.



The Red Light District: Yes, there is women in the windows with red lighting around them. They are located on the big streets, and sometimes they are in the small alleys. A must see about this industry in Amsterdam, is the Sex Museum.  A very informative, and funny place to visit, but to also understand the industry.

During the busy tourist months of end of June to End of August, expect it to be very busy. If you do have the opportunity to travel here, take it! You won’t regret it.

Overall this is a jaw dropping city, that both a family or a partying group can visit. Lots of history and many museums to visit, find some smoking bars, or an all out night partys. From history to hookers this amazing city will show you all that you can imagine. Amsterdam is another good location for flights in and out of from Canada or the USA you can catch some direct flights, and you can fly from within the Europe, and has many direct trains from other major cites.

From Amsterdam, Netherlands we heading east bound again to Hannover, Germany. Check out that blog here!

Mel Amsterdam

Amsterdam Evening