Dam I loved Amsterdam!Updated: 05/10/2018
My visit to Amsterdam was mostly to meet up with my parents, who were finishing a river boat cruise trip on the Rhine River which finished there. Here are our top itinerary items from our visit.
I AMSTERDAM Sign
Probably the most instagrammed and touristy thing to do in Amsterdam. It can be found behind the Rijks Museum.
Anne Frank House
BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE - Tickets to visit the restored secret attic from Anne Franks Diary go quickly. The best way to ensure you have a ticket is to book up to 2 months advance. Twenty percent of daily tickets are held for sale on the day of. Check online for these tickets which are released at random though-out the day. I had luck getting tickets after 3:30 PM for the day of.
Canal Boat Tours
My favorite way to explore the city was by canal boat. While cruising around make sure to look out for leaning buildings and cool house boats
Multiple companies operate canal tours around Amsterdam. The big ones are Loves Canal Tours and CitySightseeing hop-on hop-off tours. Tickets are good for 24-hours from when you start on a boat so make sure you get going the following day to make the most of it.
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans
A series of 12 historic windmills from an earlier time in Holland. The windmills are still operational. While I was there, we watched a log get processed at the windmill powered sawmill. Walking around the area is free, but each mill has entrance fee of 4,50 euros. Don't forget to walk around the historic town area as well.
Cafe Winkel 43 Apple Pie
This little cafe in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam serves the best apple pie in town. Its always packed with people so table space can be tough but its worth the wait.
The Heineken Experience
The self-guided tour of the old Heineken Brewery in the center of Amsterdam takes about an hour to get through and includes 2 beers. You can even learn how to pour the perfect pint of pilsner at the bar in the basement.