A couple weeks ago, on a whim, we decided that it was time to go see what Amsterdam was all about. The four hour drive was perfect for an adventure packed weekend getaway. We decided to stay in a little town called Leiden (pronounced lay-den), about 40 minutes from Amsterdam. If we ever go back to Amsterdam (and we will), we’d definitely stay at the Holiday Inn in Leiden, Netherlands again. The staff was extremely friendly and the hotel offered air conditioning and a large breakfast buffet.
Amsterdam was truly amazing. As a matter of fact, we found so many family friendly activities to do that we couldn’t do them all in one weekend; which is why we will definitely have to go back. I’d love to hit the ARTIS Royal Zoo, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the SkyView Pier in The Hague. We actually tried to go to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House but it’s important to know that you have to purchase your tickets online in advance or you won’t be able to go (like us). So next time, we’ll know. I’m also hoping the next time we go, it will be tulip season and we’ll get to go to Keukenhofto see the tulip gardens.
Our favorite things (so far) in Amsterdam were the Moco Museum which held a variety of interesting graffiti art pieces by the one and only Banksy and The Pancake Bakery which served us up some mouth watering dutch pancakes that were fabulous in every way imaginable.
Amsterdam had so much life and character to it that it was almost impossible for me to put my camera down. We knew that Amsterdam was known as a biketown but nothing could prepare us for the massive amounts of bikes and bicyclists that flooded the city’s every corner. It was an absolutely stunning sight to see especially for someone who is obsessed with snapping photos of bicycles (as shown below). Amsterdam had a pretty incredible city life but there were also many nearby towns that offered many wonderful things to see and do. While visiting, we had the opportunity to check out the amazing Noordwijk Beach area and also see some pretty breathtaking views of the historic windmills in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands.
I’d say, without a doubt, our weekend trip was extremely successful and I’m definitely looking forward to going back again.