Sometimes you need to take those days of holiday, why not to go for a day in Amsterdam.
- Low-cost flight from London with EasyJet (40£) and you have a perfect day in this amazing city.
- Couchsurfing for the sleeping arrangement, you can really meet amazing people in this way.
- IamAmsterdam Card, really valuable mostly if your intention is to do lots of museum in the least time possible (One day 59 Euro: most of the museum plus the boat tour, plus all transportation included).
- 12 Euro for transportation back and forth from the airport (used bus 397). Plus around 50 euro of spending money (for lunch dinner and souvenirs).
Total expense for the trip approx 162 Euro.
I started the day really early by 7:30 am I was up and running, to be in Vondelpark by 8 am. I walked through the park to get to the Museumplein by 8:30, so that I could take the iconic picture with the “IamAmsterdam” sign without thousands of people over it.
Then I visit the Van Gogh Museum at 9 am , getting there this early I had the magic experience of looking at the “Sunflower” of Van Gogh almost by myself.
Around 11 am I was at the Rijksmuseum, I strongly suggest to download the app of the museum and follow the Highlights Tour should take around an hour to complete and you get an overview of the main masterpiece of the museum, when I went there was also a special exhibition about royals life and I spent another 40 minutes in it.
Then I continued my trip with a boat tour, started just on the other side of the Rijksmuseum, where there are several companies offering this activity, I choose the Stromma it is really comprehensive and it lasts almost 2 hours.
After the boat tour is time for lunch, so directly to the flower market and Rembrandt square, to then walk in the Spui with a lunch based on the best fries in Amsterdam from Vleminckx (Voetboogstraat 33) and as dessert the most delicious stroopwafels from Banketbakkerij Lanskroon (Singel 385).
My tour continued toward Dam Square to take some pictures and visit the Nieuwe Kerk, but I was late and they were closing, so if you want to visit it, then you need to get there quite early in the afternoon, closes at 5 pm. So I went directly to the other Kerk in the city centre the Oude Kerk, where I had the chance to experience a contemporary art installation of Christian Boltanski, really impressive uses of the space and the location.
Because I had still an hour and a half before my appointment with the swing at A’dam Lookout, I decided to visit the close by museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the attic a perfectly preserved house from the Dutch Golden Age, with an interior church in the attic, really suggestive and out of the ordinary.
To end a perfect day in Amsterdam an overview of the city is needed, and there is no better place of the A’dam Lookout, where you have a 360° view of the city from the magnificent terrace and the 22nd floor, plus you can also swing into the void, with the most amazing view, mostly if you planned well enough to be there for the sunset.
After the most spectacular sunset is time for the red light district and a nice coffee shop (Kloveniersburgwal 4), after all, it is Amsterdam I am talking about, you can head toward Leidseplein for a beer and a “pub” meal, or if you want to really stretch your day, you can go to the Foodhallen (Bellamplein 51), cool covered food market open till 11 pm, where there are a series of stalls and you can eat food from everywhere in the world.
After that, I needed hours of sleep and a shower.
TIPS & AVAILABLE OPTIONS
- The A’dam lookout is interchangeable with the Anna Frank House, but you need to remember to book months in advance or you won’t find a spot free, that was at least my case.
- For the Van Gogh Museum, it is recommendable to buy the ticket online in advance if you get the Amsterdam card wait after you collect the card at the Airport or at the central station to purchase the ticket because it is free for the cardholder.