Last June, I traveled around Europe with my husband and daughter. With only one full day to experience Amsterdam, we planned a boat ride in the canal, to rent bikes, and tour this unusual and amazing city on foot.
We survived a disastrous start in a youth hostel where I expected to wake up with bed bug bites and found the very last accommodations in a fine hotel on the outskirts of town. It was the week of Anne Frank’s birthday. Mistakes were made.
After a spectacular breakfast at Dignita Voldelpark, we drove into the heart of Amsterdam and parked in a ramp. Whew!
We parked and found this very Instagrammable location on our way to the museum!
Then we bought tickets for the Rembrandt Museum.
Nice to see Van Gogh with his museum practically next door.
From there, we took a boat tour of the canal. The recorded guide was super corny so I tuned out and enjoyed the views!
The architecture is outstanding. Built side-by-side, houses support each other since many of them lean. The small brick laid in ornamental patterns was reminiscent of Belgium, but Amsterdam’s facades were sometimes curved and more decorative.
An amazing Victorian in all its splendor.
Then we found a bike rental, which are everywhere throughout the city, and rode to Vondelpark.
Competing with cars was a little scary but we relaxed once we turned into Vondelpark.
We stopped for late lunch at the Vondelpark 3 and enjoyed the view of people who ran, walked, and rode bikes.
We didn’t have time for everything but took a long look at the canal before heading back to our hotel.
I loved Amsterdam. Next time I’ll go another week when it’s not so busy! Then I’ll be sure to tour the Anne Frank and Van Gogh museums.
Have you been to Amsterdam? Is it on your bucket list? Have you ever made a mistake with a hotel?