Yes, that’s right, on Saturday I spent one day in Amsterdam. ‘Why would you bother doing that?’ I’m sure you’re wondering. Well, as you can see, you can do a lot in a day….
Amsterdam – Dancing Houses. The houses along the canal were once supported by wooden stilts which led them to wobble like dancing houses. Most of the houses built along the canal now have reinforced concrete foundations that are drilled deep into to the earth so they are safe as, well, safe as houses.
Amsterdam Central Station
Bikes, bridges, canals and tall narrow houses. It doesn't get more stereotypical Amsterdam than this!
The Royal Palace
The Bulldog Coffee Shop in Amsterdam is now famous for the funky art work and you'll find a couple of coffee shops around the city. Remember that there is a difference between a coffee shop and a cafe! If you just want a quick cuppa, go to a cafe.
De Waag is the only medieval fortified gate left in the city. Built in the 14th century, it was once a weigh house and then a guild house and is now a spectacular restaurant/cafe.
Gay and proud in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Tasty cheese at the Saturday market in Amsterdam
Beautiful flowers on the Saturday market
How I did it:
I was invited on a Big Bloggers Day Out to take the overnight Stena Line ferry to Holland (more on this to come). We arrived at 7.45am and didn’t leave until 10.30pm which means we had a full day to explore the city.
We also had a brilliant tour guide from Viator meaning we got to see all the highlights and go to the best places. When you only have one day you don’t have time to get lost so this was a great option.
Top Tip: This may be stating the obvious but the best way to get around Amsterdam is by bike and if you don’t have much time it’s pretty much the only option. Bikes are cheap to rent at about 10 euros a day and it’s really safe to ride with plenty of bike lanes.
If you’d like to see some more photos from my trip to Amsterdam, take a look at my Facebook page.