My Awesome Guide to Amsterdam
When I first visited Amsterdam as an 18 year-old, I thought it was a totally eccentric place. I remember the constant smell of pot in the air and locals dressed haphazardly in bright colours. I basically wasn't in a hurry to return. I'm now a total Amsterdam convert and recommend it to everyone, particularly fellow solo travellers. The city is full of friendly locals, beautiful architecture and a very impressive food scene.
VISIT THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE
I visited the Anne Frank House during my first visit to Amsterdam. I'd read Anne Frank's Diary in high school and it was incredible to see where it all took place. If you haven't read the book, I recommend learning more about her story before visiting.
GET READY TO WANDER
I took an embarrassing number of architecture photos in Amsterdam, but it's just such a photogenic city! I even found the crooked buildings charming. So fair warning: be prepared to spend a lot of your three days in Amsterdam wandering. I recommend strolling through The 9 Streets, the Canal District, Jordaan and De Pijp. You should also check out Magere Brug, which lights up at night.
FREE WALKING TOUR
Guys, I have a confession to make - I did not do a free walking tour in Amsterdam. I know, who am I? I was thinking about it, but decided to just wander myself instead. Nonetheless, you know I always recommend doing a free walking tour.
CHECK OUT A MUSEUM
This city has so many museums, you'd definitely need more than three days in Amsterdam to experience them all. Museumplein is where you will find quite a few options, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Moco Museum. I visited the area while the famous iamsterdam sign was in existence, which has now unfortunately been removed. But I had the weirdest toilet experience at the Cafe in Museumplein.
The doors were translucent, but became less translucent when you turned the handle to engaged. I say less translucent because when I walked out I could see someone else next door to me and it was extremely awkward.Other museum options include the Rembrandt House Museum, NEMO Science Museum and the Hermitage. The most unique museum in Amsterdam must be Electric Ladyland - Museum of Fluorescent Art. It's the first and only museum of its kind in the world.
RELAX ON A CANAL CRUISE
This was another thing I did during my first trip to Amsterdam. We did an evening canal cruise and I loved seeing the city not only lit up at night, but from a different perspective. However, I know a daytime canal cruise would be just as good. I mean, it's Amsterdam.
HAVE A PICNIC IN THE PARK
I stayed at Generator Amsterdam, which was located in Oosterpark. I enjoyed sitting outside and people watching while eating an early dinner. Amsterdam's most famous park is Vondelpark, but another option is Westergasfabriek.