A quick guide to where to stay, what to do and what to eat in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is famous for its water canal system which was built in the early part of the 17th century. It is also known for the large quantity of bicycles that travel its streets daily. But the city offers luxurious accommodations, a ton of locations to visit and food that will delight the palate of all visitors when they stop by. Here is a quick guide of Amsterdam for a perfect stay.
How to get to Amsterdam from London
If one is looking for the most relaxing transportation mode, then train tickets from London to Amsterdam can be booked through SNCF Connect. In about four hours, the trip will be completed, and one will step out of the railway station ready to explore the town. Meanwhile, the opportunity to work, study, read a book, or simply relax in an environment that offers more legroom than on a plane is available, along with the possibility of loosening one’s legs by heading to the restaurant for a snack.
Where to stay
While in Amsterdam you can stay at a wide range of accommodation which suits all budgets. But for the perfect experience, you can spend time in luxury at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, located in the historical center. For a stay in style, the Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam in the city’s historic canal district will be the right selection. And if you are on a budget, try the Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein which is extremely popular in the city.
What to do
There is something for everyone in Amsterdam, but if there is one activity that should please all, it is taking a bike ride around the city. They are easy to rent, and it offers the possibility to visit every small unique location in town. Moreover, you will feel as if you were one of the locals. Make sure to ride through Vondelpark and to go along the Amstel River. If you are not looking to exercise while in Amsterdam, choose one of the many boat tours that take place on the canals.
The Anne Frank House is a must see. It is a powerful and moving experience which gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the famous girl and the diary that she wrote during World War II. It also provides an in-depth look at her family’s experience during that difficult time which will soften every heart. For a lighter journey, you can go and discover the unique collection of Dutch art at the Rijksmuseum or go on a shopping spree at the Albert Cuyp Market; a busy street market where you can buy souvenirs and try delicious Dutch snacks like the stroopwafels.
Where to eat
Dutch cuisine can be discovered in some of the many restaurants and cafés located all over the city. If you want traditional food, try a stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables), bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs) or poffertjes (mini pancakes). For an evening to remember, book a table at De Kas, a Michelin one-star restaurant that offers farm-to-table dining.
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