So, you’ve worked off another tough week and now it’s that sweet time: the weekend! You’ve spent all five days thinking about what you will be doing during those two days of freedom. If your typical Saturday and Sunday are literally 48-hours of boredom, well, now it’s about to change! For the same price as a plane ticket to Newcastle (if you live in the UK), you can bring yourself to the wonderful city of Amsterdam!
This genuine pearl of the Netherlands is rich in history, architecture, and many other sights to be admired. You’ve probably never been to a town permeated by numerous canals before, so this trip will definitely be something fresh for you. Walking across the bridges and all along the narrow streets is so incredible!
So, you’ve got two days to enjoy this wonderful place. And if you are completely fed up with all those museums, art galleries, and theaters, our online dating site certainly has some other locations to suggest visiting for a “culturally tired” tourist! Make sure you check them up!
First of all: Where to Stay?
NH Barbizon Palace is in a perfect choice. The hotel is situated next to the Central Station. This one is also quite reasonable and has everything you need, including Wi-Fi, private kitchen and other commodities. All rooms are spacious enough and have that unique Dutch “barn” style with really high ceilings and wooden beams. You will be met by friendly and helpful staff as you arrive there.
Thus, leave your luggage and go exploring! Because there is a real buzzing in the air in Amsterdam, especially at nights with all of its lively bars with classic paintings on walls and big racy pubs with a truly Irish character.
Best Pubs and Bars to Drop in:
Int Aepjen: This bar is placed in one of the antique buildings in the entire Amsterdam and it actually looks as if it has not changed even for a bit since 1475. Full of itself just like a real Dutch lord, it is an outstanding place to fell the local spirit.
Haven Van Texel: This one is a pretty much standard, yet really cozy bar. But what makes it totally amazing is its location right on a corner by the canal. You could sit here all night and not worry about how you will get back as the bar is within 5 minutes of your hotel.
Whiskycafé L&B: Now this place features more than 1000 different sorts of whiskey and bourbon – shipped from Scotland, Americas, Canada and even Japan! The atmosphere there is absolutely relaxed and noble. Nevertheless, this one is a very crowded place – all because the shared interest in good whiskey and food usually makes people spend the entire night just sitting here and talking.
Vesper Bar: This sophisticated cocktail bar calls that feeling of diving into the scene from “Mad Men”. The interior is glossy, yet elegant. Traditionally on weekends, the bar proposes the “high tea cocktails” – an artful alcoholic twist on conventional black and green tea. Cakes from the bakeries next door are served together with teapots of cocktails.
Best Activities and Places of Interest
1. The Heineken “Museum”
If you got only two days at your disposal in Amsterdam and you still aren’t bored of all the beer and other liquor, this place is an absolute must-visit for you, beer lover! The scale and respectful age of this brewery is already something to see and it is definitely something cool to do on your journey.
2. Rent a Nice Bike
If there can be something else Amsterdam is more known for than the coffee shops, tulips and Red Lights District – it would surely be the love of bikes. One of the “to do” items in your list will definitely be a bike ride through the narrow long streets and over the canals of Amsterdam. There’re literally dozens of different spots to rent bicycles from, making it absolutely no trouble for you finding one. However, do not forget to stick to the special bike paths and follow other two-wheel tourists. You’d also make sure you go riding through local sights in the morning when the traffic is still no so intense (in case if you are not much of a confident bike rider). Renting a solid bike is perhaps one of the best ways to see most of the city.
3. Red Light District
Probably one of the most famed city districts in the whole world called the Red Lights District. Widely known for its unhidden drug selling and prostitution, this area might be pretty intimidating for an untutored person who does not fully realize what he’s looking for or what needs to be expected.
That’s why our best suggestion will be to go for a walking tour around the district with somebody who can tell you all about this place. And while we do not recommend trying out any “services” (anyway, it’s your choice), it is still a really picturesque and interesting location to wander around and see the everyday life of women representing the oldest profession in the world.
4. Experience a Local Café…or Two!
Alright, here we go. Well, honestly, no traveler can just return from Amsterdam not having at least tried some weed in a local coffee shop. We’re sure this point will lose all of its appeal for the residents of Canada, since weed is about to become totally legal there already next year. But, you know, a single hashish cupcake won’t make a great harm to you. While on spot, you’ll find different levels of weed-contented sweets and they come in various forms and shapes – cookies, brownies, cupcakes and even classic black coffee.
5. The Jordaan District
Nothing about Michael Jordan here! The whole Jordaan area has become another most famous and frequently visited district in Amsterdam. Its streets are a real maze, but they can surely boast some of the truly best cafes, restaurants and boutiques in the entire country. Spend a good afternoon getting here when visiting the Netherlands for a weekend.