The last stop on our European adventure was in Amsterdam. To be completely honest, by the time we arrived in the Netherlands, we were exhausted. We took it easy on our first afternoon and just wandered the city. We really enjoyed our second day and took in many of the museums the city has to offer.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Moxy Houthavens. Can you tell we like Marriott’s? This hotel has a really fun vibe. The rooms were very nice and they had the biggest bathroom we had in any other hotel on our trip. The location is a little off the beaten path, but it’s super close the public transportation.
Where to Eat
Piqniq was our first stop after arriving in Amsterdam and it did not disappoint. It is small inside so there is not a ton of seating but if you go before peak lunch hours, you’ll be fine.
Foodhallen: a place so nice, we visited twice. Because it is essentially a giant food court, there were so many delicious options to try here. We also did some shopping in the market. This is Dustin’s favorite!
The Happy Bull was a great place for a casual dinner. They had amazing burgers and a great local beer list.
What to Do
Anne Frank House: while this was incredibly sad, it was amazing to see the annex in person. After reading Anne Frank’s Diary many years ago it was a surreal experience to be there. Tickets go on sale two months in advance and sell out quickly. If you miss them, there is a daily lottery that you can try for as well.
MoCo Museum: this was my favorite thing we did in Amsterdam. The museum is inside an old house and you wind through the rooms looking at amazing modern art. From Andy Warhol to Banksy, there are so amazing pieces.
Van Gogh Museum: the layout of this museum is very cool. It walks you through the life of Vincent Van Gogh and shows his work progressively.
Bloemenmarkt: this floating flower market has tons of souvenirs, but is known for the array of tulips. There are so many colors and it’s just beautiful. I loved walking through the market and seeing all the gorgeous flowers.
Currency: the Euro but we used a card everywhere.
Public Transportation: Amsterdam’s public transportation was so easy to use. You can purchase a transit card that gives you access to the trains, trams, and buses. We never had a problem figuring it out and it felt very safe and clean.
I hope you enjoyed my recap of our trip earlier this year! I look forward to sharing more travel with you soon!