Ok Ok so I know I have been kind of obsessed with Amsterdam, so I promise you that this will be my last post featuring the wonderful city. I just couldn't resist telling you my top three favourite things to do/see in case you decide to take a last minute holiday there.
There are so many things you can do in Amsterdam; The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Franks home to name a few. However when you visit these special places I really think it's about finding the activities and areas that suit you. Its always a good idea to research a location before you go but bare in mind that some of the best kept secrets are stumbled across when you take to the city by foot (or in Amsterdam's case by Bike).
ANNE FRANKS HOUSE
Famously Amsterdam is known for holding Anne Franks original annex where she and her family went into hiding following the anti -Semitism of Nazi Germany. Despite not being one for museums (sorry guys not my thing), Anne Franks house has been on my bucket list for years. I read her book when I was in year 11 and was so inspired and taken back by the daily encounters in her life. So when we decided to visit Amsterdam I immediately went online and booked tickets for the Anne Frank museum.
TOP TIP: If you are going to Amsterdam and you wish to visit Anne Franks House I really recommend you book your tickets online in advantage. With pre purchased tickets you will enter at a particular time slot, if you decide not to purchase your tickets in advance you will join a very long queue with no guarantee of when you will enter the museum.
Amsterdam is also famously known for its 165 canals. I honestly would say that floating down the canals is one of the most memorable ways to discovery all that Amsterdam has to offer. There are many different options to suit everyone style and budget. Below I have given you my low down on the top canal tours on offer (YES A PANCAKE CANAL TOUR) click on them to find out more information.
TOP TIP: Try and book a canal tour at night when the city is lit up, it is beautiful.
Amsterdam's beautiful Vondelpark is situated about a 20 minute walk from central Amsterdam. It is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most magical spots in the city. It houses English-style gardens, with ponds, lawns, footbridges and winding footpaths. The park attracts over 10 million visitors per year but despite this Vondelpark never feels too crowded to enjoy.
TOP TIP: Hire a bike to explore the park; its really rather large with lots of paths leading different ways. A bike makes it all so much easier to manage and take in. Just watch out because other bikes won't stop for you!