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Weekend trip to Amsterdam

Amsterdam Europe
Posted: September 3, 2011

A few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I went to Amsterdam for the weekend.  We got a really good deal, flights and hotel for two nights was ₤255 only. We stayed in the NH Hotel in central Amsterdam, the location is perfect

Below are the top five areas I would recommend to visit:

1) Supper club

Jonge Roelensteeg 21
Old Centre: New Side Amsterdam 1012 PL
The Supper Club was a restaurant/bar I had never seen before.  It is in the centre of Amsterdam in what appears to be an old warehouse.  There  are no chairs, but the place is kitted out in beds and you sit on the beds to enjoy your 5 course meal.
It is a tad on the pricey side, my meal with 4 beers came to about €90.  The service was slow, but there was a show, a type of arty show during dinner and the different courses were really good.

Check out the reviews for yourself, but if you want to try something different in Amsterdam, head over to Supper Club

Cost: €90

2) Anne Franks House

Prinsengracht 263 – 267. Amsterdam.

Anne Frank’s house is just a 20 mins walk from the Central Station.  Trams 13 and 17 and buses 142, 170 and 172 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.

You can buy the tickets in advance which means you avoid waiting in the queue. I would really recommend doing so, you do not want to be waiting in line, it can be over an hour. After hearing so much about Anne Frank and nearly finishing her book, I really wanted to see the “Secret Annexe” where she spent more than 2 years of her life.  The furniture in the house had been removed so it was difficult to picture how two families lived there, but there were photos of how the annexe looked during the war.

Cost: from €4

€8.50  for adults and children 10 years and above and those with student cards it is just €4. Children under 10 years go free.

 

3) Flower and Flee Market

Take a wonder down to the flower market to buy a wide range of fresh flowers.  Netherlands most famous flower marker is The Bloemenmarkt, established in 1862, the floating market is on one of the oldest canals of Amsterdam.

Cost: €0

4) Boat tour

This was a tour all round the canals of Amsterdam, it lasted one hour and cost 13 euros.  I was going to do the bike tour, but on Sundays, the last tour is at 13:30 and being a tad tired from the previous night’s partying, we all were slow starters in the morning.

Cost: €13

5) Bike Tour – Yellow Bike

Amsterdam is also well known its bikes.  One company that was recommended to us was the  Amsterdam Yellow Bike Tours

Nieuwezijds Kolk 29
1012 PV Amsterdam

The bike tour leaves the yellow bike shop every day at the following times:

10:30 am for the 2 hour bike tour

13:30 for the 3 hour bike tour

If you do not want to go on a bike tour, you can always rent a bike for a set 2, 3, 24 or 48 hours.

Cost: from €6 for 2 hours

You can see a lot in a weekend in Amsterdam.  My friends and I took the 8:40 am flight from City airport on the Friday morning and the plane ride lasted just 50 minutes. If you fly from City airport, you only have to be there one hour before the flight takes off which is handy if the flight is really early. A cab from the airport costs just €45. It is much easier than getting the tram and bus from the airport.

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