Amsterdam, Netherlands

Don't be a bike

DRINK NUTS & NOUGAT VODKA IN THE ICE BAR

POUR A PINT IN THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE

WALK AROUND ANNE FRANK'S HOUSE

EMBARK ON A CANAL CRUISE

SWING UP THE A'DAM LOOKOUT

PEOPLE-WATCH ON DAM SQUARE

EXPLORE THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT

VISIT THE MUSEUM OF PROSTITUTION

INSTAGRAM YOUR VISIT TO WONDR EXPERIENCE

EAT A CREPE IN THE STREET

SHOP IN THE HUGE PRIMARK

JOIN THE LOCALS AND HIRE A BIKE

SPEND THE AFTERNOON IN THE LOCAL'S CAFE

SEE THE VIEWS OF CANALS OVER EACH BRIDGE

Top Tips

Behind Central Station there is a free ferry over to the A'DAM lookout tower.

The Nuts and Nougat vodka in Amsterdam's Ice Bar is the most amazing drink I have ever tasted in my life, to the point where I emailed them after to find out the brand - so try it

Go for a walk before 8am to see the city in the most amazing way - quiet and open, the atmosphere is incredible when it is empty

Book Anne Frank's house as soon as you book your flights/train because it gets booked up so quickly, you really don't want to miss out

If you can stay in the centre of Amsterdam (near Centraal Station or the Red Light District) you will not regret it, many people get a cheaper hotel further out and end up paying the same as they would have staying in the centre due to the transport costs

Amsterdam is one of the only cities you can easily walk/cycle between each attraction so I would not recommend pre-booking transport tickets

Good to know

Avoid Amsterdam's McDonalds like the plague, I love a cheeseburger just as much as the next person but the rats I witnessed have put me off for life.

Bikes have more right of way than people and car so do not assume if you step out into the road they will stop, 9 times out of 10 they will not.

The currency in Amsterdam, The Netherlands is Euros.

The best time to visit Amsterdam, in my opinion, is Christmas. This is because the snow (if you're lucky) and lights make the city look magical.

I stayed in a 2 star hotel 'Hotel Old Quarter' which usually I would not have even considered as I generally stay in hotels 3 starts or more, however I believe Amsterdam is one of those cities where hotel ratings are not in line with the UK's and 2 star rated hotels are perfectly fine.

Food and drink is quite pricey in Amsterdam however flights are not so this averages out

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