Go Dutch – you won’t be disappointed
This colourful city is lively 24/7 and certainly doesn’t have a shortage of entertainment.
Although Amsterdam is renowned for perhaps some of the less appealing sides of life, it is very easy just to wander a few streets back and you find yourself in a more subdued part of the city. With some wonderful museums, boutique shops and charming bars and restaurants.
I have put together some of the stand out points to our mini-break road trip, but you may also like to visit our Amsterdam gallery, for even more of a taster.
The canal district was what I was most looking forward to exploring, and it is certainly worthy of being on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It was only added in 2010, so a fairly recent addition.
The intricate web of canals that sweep around the city are such a pleasure to stroll along and over. The seemingly boundless number of bridges that arc over the waterways link one tree lined avenue to another.
You can spend hours just wandering & discovering parts of the city that many take for granted.
This leads me on nicely to the next ‘must do’ activity on my list, embarking on a canal boat trip.
It is surprising the different perspective you can get of the city just by taking to the water.
This is also a fantastic opportunity to see the wonderful tall, slim canal houses that adorn the banks.
Amsterdam has some very rich architectural history, It has a number of churches including the Oude Kerk (Old Church), which was consecrated in 1306.
It has examples of Gothic and Renaissance buildings and also can still boast having two wooden buildings, one of which dates back to 1425.
Frequenting the Brown Cafes (pub/tavern), obviously only to take the weight off of your feet. Okay, so we may have tried a local brew, it would have been rude otherwise.
We stayed in a luxury boutique hotel, name the Hotel Estherea, the location was fantastic and we had the pleasure of a view over the Singel canal. Additionally, they had car parking facilities which was great for us.
Point of Note
I certainly would go back and visit Amsterdam again, but with having the convenience of taking the car, it gives me the appetite to discover more of the Netherlands.