Lately, I’ve been posting a lot about my adventures with Kerala Tourism in India, and rest assured that I still have lots to share with you about that trip of mine. However, today’s post is about Amsterdam, and what you can do if you have just one day in the city. Few weeks ago we had a weekend getaway from Paris to Amsterdam. The main purpose of the trip was to visit the tulip fields in southern Holland, and of course we couldn’t bypass Amsterdam, giving the fact that it’s just an hour distance from Keukenhof gardens.
As you all know, Amsterdam is a gorgeous city with stunning views, bike friendly roads, and plenty of water canals where you can walk along and enjoy the city’s architectural treasures. Also, Amsterdam is known to be the host of some magnificent museums that are worth visiting for the inside exhibitions, as well as for the outside design of the building. What can I say, heaven for art lovers and designers. But, if you have just one day to spend in this “must visit” European capital, how can you make the most of it?
While you will have to make some choices and set priorities, one day is enough to discover and fall in love with this city. Personally, because we had one day, I didn’t want to spend it inside the museums and took the streets instead. The sun was not our allied that day, but at least it was not pouring rain, so we could stroll around all day.
If you are looking for what to do in Amsterdam in one day, here is the list of things we’ve done, plus some suggestions to get you started.
Cheese tasting at Henri Willig Store
It was by pure luck that we found this cheese tasting experience, while looking for a place to have lunch. We saw a shop window where there were displayed tens of cheese wheels. This dragged our attention, and that’s how we ended up trying some dutch cheese. The ticket was 9 Eur and coins per person and included two glasses of wine or beer (your choice), and four types of Holland cheese to taste. The tasting is accompanied by a guide, and is taking place on the second level of the store. Also, they show a short video about how it all started in a family farm of Henri Willig and explain the traditional cheese process.
Eat dutch pancakes
While dutch cuisine is straight forward, you should not miss their traditional pancakes, poffertjes. You can find eateries that are specialized in pancakes, some sort of creperie, where they have various choices of pancakes and the toppings you can have along. We went to Pancake Bar, and we were not disappointed.
Visit flower market
This is a must if you are a flower lover, or if you just want to see how the flowers look like before being flowers. There you can find an enormous variety of tulips and other blooms.
Get lost in the city
What is a better way to discover a city than to walk around and get lost between its streets? That’s what we did. We walked for hours and we did not even try to hop on a bus or tram. Amsterdam is extremely friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. Just one thing, be alert of those cyclists, because they won’t really stop to let you pass, apparently they have priority. Other than that, enjoy the beautiful little streets, the building’s architecture, and of course the numerous canals that Amsterdam is famous for.
Visit the museums district and I amsterdam
Even though you decide not to visit the museums, I recommend to at least visit the Museum District, that is home to some of the world’s most valuable pieces of art. Only the buildings themselves are like historical museums that are worth our entire admiration. Also, there you will get the chance (I know you looking forward to it) to wait in front of the I amsterdam landmark trying to get a spot where to climb and take a picture. Even though the weather was not at its best, and it was already past 7 pm,people were still mingling around getting their shots. So, yes don’t be surprised why on my picture the sign is the wrong way. It was on purpose. The same sign just from a different angle. Less people, less waiting time, and still a beautiful view 😉
If you have visited Amsterdam, share your experience and what you liked the most about the city.
See you soon, Victoria V.