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Trip Report – Amsterdam, Netherlands (2 of 3)

This is blog post two of three about our trip to Amsterdam. You can find the other two blog posts here: Part 1 and Part 3.

Anne Frank House

We woke up bright and early in order to visit the Anne Frank House. We had purchased our tickets about 60 days before our trip. As suggested by many websites, we decided it’d be best to go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. We were one of the first 10 or so people to get access to the museum.

I highly recommend visiting this museum especially if you’ve read the Diary of Anne Frank. Just be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time. If you don’t, you could end up waiting for 2+ hours to get in. You can purchase online for a specific time window to visit. I suggest going in the morning to avoid the crowds. Once you’re in the museum you can take as long as you like exploring the hidden room where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis.

Walking Tour

One of my favorite things to do whenever visiting a new city is to take a walking tour. This gives you a better sense of the layout of the city and provides you with some history about the city. There’s a free walking tour run by Sandemans New Europe Tours. They always provide great tours. The guides are not paid, but rather work for tips.

Our tour guide showed us all around central Amsterdam and even gave us a lunch recommendation. We headed to a local pub/restaurant and had lovely dutch dish called stamppot, which is basically mashed potatoes with chopped carrots, gravy, and a sausage or meatball. It was the perfect meal for a cold day.

Museums

Later that day we visited a hidden church called Our Lord in the Attic. This unique museum features a tour of a catholic church built on the top three floors of a canal house. It is pretty incredible.

In the evening, we journeyed over to the Van Gogh Museum, which is open late on Friday nights. We were a bit tired, but enjoyed the museum. You definitely want to buy the audio tour, which walks you through the life of Van Gogh. Because we bought our tickets online, we were able to skip the line, which was definitely nice.

We didn’t have time to visit the Rijksmuseum, but if we ever go back to Amsterdam it’ll be the first thing on our list of things to do. We walked by the Rijksmuseum a couple different times. In particular to take pictures in front of the big white and red I AMSTERDAM sign, which sits just in front of the museum. Continue reading the 3rd part of my Amsterdam Trip Report here.