Let’s take a moment and look back at that first smell the roses.
Visit a place that you’ve never been before.
One of my travel goals is to visit all European capital cities.
I have already visited a few of them but had never set foot in Amsterdam, capital of The Netherlands.
After reading dozens of posts on the city and listing recommendations, I decided to book a three-day stay in the Venice of the North.
And I can tell you that I don’t regret at all.
Amsterdam has become one of my favourite destinations ever – and I already can’t wait to go back there!
Amsterdam is the most welcoming and chilling place and definitely a must-see.
I may have been lucky… the weather was absolutely divine, locals were so nice and the quality of the visits made me the happiest little travel
Below is a list of my favourite moments spent in Amsterdam.
I probably have missed other amazing places – either because it was fully booked or lack of time – but let’s take a raincheck, I live just a 1h30 flight from there!
I’m an art lover and museum fanatic so the Rijksmuseum was on top of my list.
My main goal there was to see The Milkmaid by Vermeer but other masterpieces captured my attention and I fell in love with more Dutch artists.
I love Flemish paintings, and more particularly portraits. So the Rijksmuseum was the perfect place to satisfy that thirst of knowledge and curiosity. I was able to admire amazing art such as Woman Reading a Letter (Vermeer), The Jewish Bride (Rembrandt), The Merry Drinker (Hals), The Merry Fiddler (Honthorst) and Winter Landscapes with Skaters (Avercamp).
The museum is situated in Museum Square, where tourists can strike a pose next to the famous I AMSTERDAM sign.
The Moco Museum
During my stay, I was lucky enough to visit the Banksy exhibition at the Moco Museum, facing the Rijksmuseum.
I am a huge fan of Banksy and Bristol street art in general so I couldn’t contain my excitement at the sight of such an event.
I was able to see some of my favourite pieces, including Rage, the Flower Thrower and Policemen Kissing, which is amazing.
The Moco museum is a lovely place in itself. It’s actually a private museum hosted in an early 19th century townhouse.
I love royal families, especially the British one but this time I got to know a bit more about the Dutch Royals at the Koninklijk Paleis on Dam Square.
I wandered for about an hour with my audioguide through the different rooms of the palace accessible to tourists and it was very interesting. Had no idea a Bonaparte had been King of Holland!
The central hall of the palace and its marble floors are astounding. It’s beautiful and definitely worth a visit.
I think my most relaxing moment was the 1-hour cruise in the early evening on the canals.
The guided tour, held on a small open boat, was fascinating and I learned a lot about Amsterdam and its canals.
It’s definitely a must-do if you visit, especially when it’s a sunny and warm early evening.
Last but not least, I stayed at the Hotel City Garden on Hoofstraat, next to Vondelpark.
I can only praise this hotel – well situated, clean room and friendly staff.
Three days may have been too short but I think I made the most of my experience there.
I felt relaxed and grateful to be able to visit such a beautiful city.
Have you ever visited Amsterdam?
Is it on your travel bucket list?