Once again, we booked a trip through Groupon and this one was to Amsterdam! The Groupon was with the company we traveled to Iceland with, Gate 1, so we were pretty sure it would be a smooth sailing trip. And it was!
Amsterdam is really a beautiful city. My favorite part was just walking around and taking it all in. The buildings on the canals, the house boats, the bikes, it was all amazing! Fun fact, there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam and more than 25,000 bikes end up in the canals each year.
Amsterdam is really easy to get around, everyone speaks English and there’s a lot of transportation options. We ended up ubering a lot just for convenience, but it wasn’t hard to figure out the train lines.
Things we did:
Panoramic city tour – on our second day, we did a tour of the city by bus. This really set us up for exploring the city by foot the other days.
Marken, Volendam, and Windmills – our tour guides for this tour weren’t great, but we got to see some nearby towns including a cheese factory and clog factory!
Anne Frank House – seeing the Anne Frank house was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You get to see exactly where they lived while in hiding.
Van Gogh Museum – It was amazing to see so many of Van Gogh’s paintings in one building and see how he progressed over time.
Wondr Exhibit – these kind of exhibits exist all over the world, but I had never been to one! Basically an interactive museum made for Instagram.
Light Festival Canal Tour – there were many light installments done on the canal for Christmas so we took a canal tour to see them all.
Heineken Experience – this was a last minute add to our trip but it was very fun! It was the most interactive and unique brewery tour I’ve ever been on.
Ice bar – we went to the Ice Bar on our first day, basically drinking in an igloo. I thought it was a little underwhelming.
I would love to go back to Amsterdam, the vibe is so friendly and I’d love to see the tulip fields in the warmer months! Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What was your favorite part?