Amsterdam is a favourite city break. I visited two years ago just after I finished my University degree. I fell in love with the city and the people. There’s a chilled atmosphere and I didn’t once feel like a tourist.
On arrival, I recommend investing in a GVB travel card. You pay a one off fee and then you can use it on multiple modes of transport: metro, bus, tram and ferry. You can buy these from the tourist information at Schiphol Airport or in the centre of Amsterdam. The 96 hour travel card cost 21.50 euros.
I always do a hop-on, hop-off tour and they had a bus tour and a boat tour. It cost 28 euros which included access for 24 hours. Both tours stop at Gassan Diamonds where you can get up close and personal with some expensive diamonds.
As I was in Amsterdam for such a short amount of time, I didn’t get a chance to go to many attractions. Two places I definitely want to go to when I go back is the Heineken Experience and the Anne Frank House. The queue for Anne Frank was very long, so instead I went to Madame Tussauds. It’s such a fun place to go to and there’s lots of interactive things to do. It’s smaller than the London one but I don’t think that takes away anything from it.
I also visited the Red Light District during the evening time. I had read reviews before going and it was something that we had to see. In short, it was a fascinating experience and interesting to view another way of life. The streets are lined with bars, pubs and food outlets.
Lastly, you need to visit Vondelpark. You could easily dedicate a whole day to the park and hire bikes as it was just beautiful.
All in all, I squeezed quite a bit into 4 days as well as walking around exploring the city via foot and also spending time at the hotel. There’s loads to see and do and I look forward to returning.