Three Nights in Amsterdam
Me and my friend wanted a weekend away somewhere, we started small and went to Amsterdam for 3 nights. We stayed at the Amsterdam Airport Hotel which is about 10 minutes from the airport.
Our flight was at 6:00am so I had to make my way to Victoria coach station to catch a coach to Luton airport. Checked in and ate by 5:50am then made our way to get onto the plane. Landed in Amsterdam at 7:50am (London time) 8:50 (Amsterdam time). Got a cab to our hotel as we wasn't familiar with the area, we was unaware that our hotel was a 10 minute drive from the airport and the cab driver charged us €35. We also didn't know that there's a free shuttle bus that we could of taken to and from our hotel.
Thursday 1st October 2015
While we was at the restaurant we looked up a few recommended cafes to visit. We decide to go into town and look for some. We took the shuttle bus to the airport then bought ourselves train tickets to Amsterdam centraal. The lady at the visitors desk was very helpful she let us know were the cafes are and the red light district. We found a shop that had tickets to amsterdams attractions. We booked tickets to go to the ice bar, Amsterdam dungeons and madame tussauds. We also discovered the shops so we'll defiantly be going back to hit up H&M and Bershka and I saw someone with a Primark bag so I'm convinced there's a Primark here somewhere im determined to find it. Came across a few souvenir shops so I picked up a few to take home.
We have things to do so it's going to be a fun filled day.
Went for breakfast it was a breakfast buffet. I had a cheese omelette, cheese roll, croissant, fresh fruit, a mango and peach yogurt, fresh orange juice and a hot chocolate. We decided to got to the gym so we worked out for about 30 minutes, dipped our feet in the pool and then went back to the hotel room to chill.
We went to the airport to grab something to eat and to get our train tickets to get to the ice bar we had booked tickets for. We ate at a restaurant and bar called Dakota's Resturant and Bar. I had some chicken bites for my starter and a burger with a side of fries for the main and a spite.
We then made our way to the ice bar which is quite a walk from the station, there's a tram that you can take. Once we got to the ice bar we checked in and was given three tokens, two for drinks in the ice bar and a drink for before/after the ice bar. We was running late so we had to have our drink after the ice bar which wasn't a problem. You get a funny guide who talks through everything and gave us our coats and gloves. The ice bar was freezing cold -9 to be exact but it was fun there was fake ice sculptors and seats with fur on them. We was given glasses made out of ice which we had to keep so we could use it again. We was given a choice of normal vodka, vanilla vodka and chocolate vodka with orange juice. I went for the vanilla option and it was lovely, sweet but lovely. The second time the guy suggested a special mix for free (you pay with the coins given at the start), I wasn't going to refuse so he made a mixture of the three vodka's and a little bit of the orange juice and to my surprise it actually tasted nice. I went with the normal vodka and orange juice for my last choice, took some pictures then decided to leave as my friend was cold. We went for our free cocktail or beer, we chose the sex on the beach cocktails. I'd have to say it was the best sex on the beach ive had but I've only had 2 so there's not much to compare it to.
After the Ice Bar we went looking for the Sex Museum. The museum was €4, we walked around, had a giggle, took some pictures then left for the train station. We made a stop at the supermarket in the airport for some snacks to bring back to the hotel as I was a bit peckish.
Saturday 3rd October 2015
Started the day off with a buffet breakfast at the hotel, had a bit of smoked salmon, a croissant, a cup of tea, a yogurt and a 2 cheese rolls. The plan for Saturday was to go to Amsterdam dungeons, Madame Tussaud's and possibly find a cafe/coffee shop.
Had a bite to eat at a Chinese restaurant which wasn't really to my taste maybe I'm just used to the taste of takeaways.
Then we made our way to the Amsterdam Dungeons which we paid €18 for but at the the place they're selling tickets for another price so it's best to just go to Amsterdam Dungeons and check out the price before purchasing tickets somewhere else. Online its €14.50 and at the door its €22 so it's best to pre-book online or go to the tourist shops to buy tickets. I was pretty scared I can't lie, I jumped a few times. I enjoyed it, I've been to the London dungeons and I think it's around the same level, if anything the London dungeons is a little better. After being frightened we headed off to Madame Tussauds. It was fun, we took pictures and had a good laugh at the silly poses we made with wax works.
Afterwards we went looking for the red light district. We couldn't come to Amsterdam without seeing the red light district. Also went into the prostitution museum. Which was rather interesting, it showed us what it's like to be in one of the windows, we got to see what some of the room looked liked, taught you some fun facts and I liked the way it was all in a positive way, there wasn't any slut shaming. I also liked the confession wall, it's shocking and a little funny what some people get up to.
Ended the night with a walk around Amsterdam Centraal and did a bit more souvenir shopping, I got some funny and naughty things for my family.
Sunday 4th October 2015
Woke up at 4:30am and caught a cab to the airport as the shuttle doesn't come till 6am. Made it back to london a little early so we had to wait for our space to be cleared so we could leave the plane. We wasn't aware that there's a free shuttle that takes everyone to the train station. We had to figure out how to get back to Stratford from gatwick which wasn't too difficult once we got off the shuttle, we bought a train ticket from gatwick to London Bridge for £9.40 and then I used my Oyster card to get on the jublee line to Stratford, the whole journey was about 40 minutes.
Overall I had a great time in Amsterdam, I feel I would have enjoyed it more with other people but it was still a great experience, I want to go again very soon. I think my next trip will be in April somewhere in Spain like Barcelona for a week.
Tips/Advice & Things you should know
- You can buy train tickets for 2-3 days. €20 for a 2 day ticket which also allows you to go onto the trams as well and €25 for 3 days.
- Book a hotel near or even in Amsterdam Centraal because you'll save money, as you won't have to pay for train tickets.
- Do your research find out where you want to go and how to get there before so you aren't late.
- For attractions look up which is cheaper either buying tickets at a tourist and attractions shop or on the door.
- You can use your card in a majority of places some places may have a €10 minimum policy but other than that a Visa debit card is accepted.
- If you stay in a hotel you can book in for breakfast if you want otherwise you'll have to pay on the day, or most hotels offer bed and breakfast included In your stay.
- Find out what your hotel has to offer, what's included in the prices and what you have to pay for.