Amsterdam is the first European city that I traveled to during my time abroad and also the first city on my first Eurotrip list. It’s just as charming as what people say it is. I went there in the middle of the winter in December and although it was not snowing, it was still magical. I would highly recommend anyone to visit Amsterdam in the winter.
When I was planning this Eurotrip I only had limited time remaining of my winter break since I have used up the first week traveling to Morrocco. So, I only have 48 hours to visit Amsterdam but thankfully I was able to make the most of it.
My friend and I took a midnight bus from Paris (transit purpose only, so technically Paris was not the first city I visited) and arrived in Amsterdam at the break of dawn. It was dark but I could already feel the city’s charm. We rented this nice apartment via Airbnb and it was just nicely located in the west of Amsterdam within close proximity to tram stop and the city center.
The first place we visited in Amsterdam is none other than the famous canals along Jordaan. The place was filled with typical Amsterdam social scene, canals, bikes, hipster cafes, and sex shops. I’d say this is the perfect place to spend your time if you only have limited time to fully enjoy Amsterdam like we did. We could have visited the museums that Amsterdam is famous for like, Van Gogh, Anne Frank, Rijkmuseum etc., but with only limited amount of time and long ass queue to enter the museum we decided that Jordaan offers an abundance of Amsterdam experience in just one place. You could just stroll around this neighborhood and not get bored. If you stroll long enough until the sun disappears, you might also get that red light district experience. Needless to say, I took a peek or two 😉
Despite the limited time we got, we wanted a full-on Netherlands experience, so on our second day, we decided to pay a visit the famous cheese factory in Volendam and the iconic windmill of Zaanse Schan’s. We took the bus from Amsterdam Centraal and embarked upon a journey full of eye-gasmic scenery of Netherlands’ countryside.
I will definitely write more about Amsterdam. See you in my next post! 🙂