Inter-railing – Amsterdam

Hey everyone…

Today I’m getting into everything we did when we were Amsterdam. This includes how we got there, where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and how we got around the city!

How we got there

We flew direct from Dublin to Amsterdam with Ryanair. We then got the train from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station, there are yellow machines to get tickets for this train just as you come out of arrivals!

Where we stayed

ClinkNOORD Hostel – take a look at it here.

Where we ate

  1. The main supermarket over there is called ‘Albert Hein’ and it’s great for food on the go, it’s where we got our breakfast/lunch most days, it can be quite expensive though.
  2. One of the mornings we went to ‘Pancakes Amsterdam’ for breakfast and it was so so good, add this one to your list if your headed to Amsterdam.
  3. I can’t remember the names of anywhere we had dinner (sorry!), but the food in most places is really good, very cheap and cheerful and there is a variety of food options to choose from.
  4. One place you should definitely check out for some sweet treats is ‘Rene’s Croissants’, it is such a fab little bakery and has so much to choose from.

What we did

  1. Anne Frank House – I think this is a must if you are in Amsterdam, it is so interesting and a one off experience. You need to book in advance and it sells out really quick, I think tickets go on sale 3 months before your desired date to visit , you can book tickets here.
  2. The Sex Museum – Entry to this museum was €5 and it was not worth it! I would not recommend visiting this museum, it’s very small, there is no information around just pictures or sculptures and overall it just made me quite uncomfortable!
  3. The Red Light District – There isn’t much to say on this, it is what it is, but you might as well have a stroll through it.
  4. Train More – I wanted to keep up some form of a training routine while we were away, 3 weeks away from the gym is a very long time! On our second morning myself and Rob went to Train More gym. They offer you one free trial which was great for us. If you want to keep up the gym while you are away I would recommend using the Train More gym, they have every piece of equipment you could think of, it’s modern and spacious, there’s saunas to relax in after your training session and its overall a really nice gym.
  5. Boat tour – We did a tour along the canals with ‘Those Damn Boat Guys’ and it was such an enjoyable tour, definitely a highlight for me! It is run by 2 guys from Vancouver, they cater to small groups (there were 9 people on our boat), you can bring drinks and snacks with you and it lasts about 2 hours. Its not your typical tour but a must do when in Amsterdam! You can book a tour with them here.

How we got around

We were in Amsterdam for 3 days, so we got a 3 day public transport ticket. It is valid for 72hrs and cost €19. Getting the tram in Amsterdam is so easy and it goes everywhere so I would 100% recommend getting one of these passes. There are also passes available for 1-7 days of travel, so an option is there for whatever your plans may be. You can buy the passes online here or you can get them in a little white tourist building across from the main entrance of Amsterdam Centraal Train Station.

My top tip for Amsterdam

Always look both ways before you cross the road, you will get hit by a bike!

What we didn’t get to do but is on my List for when I return

  1. Corner Bakery
  2. The Breakfast Club – serving all day breakfast and lunch.
  3. W Hotel Rooftop Bar – for cocktails and whats said to be great views of Amsterdam!
  4. O’Reillys Irish Bar – I’ve heard they have a great drinks selection and the food is said to be top notch.
  5. The Prostitute Museum – The tours here are supposed to be really good and apparently gives you a great insight into the history of the industry and how it all works.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of Amsterdam. If I was to return I think I would like to see a little bit outside of the city and get away from the sex and drugs (honestly it is so in your face there is no getting away from it)! If you are headed there or have just returned let me know what you thought of the city in the comments below, I would also love anymore suggestions of must do’s to add the list.

Next up on the Inter-railing series is Berlin, which was my favourite city we visited, so make sure to keep an eye out for that blog post!

Until next time,

Alana x

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