April and May are the best months to visit Amsterdam with tulips in bloom, so we used a long weekend to visit this wonderful city. If you are under 31 and European you can use the EYCA (European Youth Card Association) that will allow you to enter half price in many museums, have discounts in restaurants and much more.
Depending on how many attractions you want to visit, calculate whether it is worth buying single tickets or doing the I Amsterdam City Card. We only made one card for 24h to have access to all museums and public transport because Seb, having already turned 31, would have spent more by buying the individual entrances to each museum we wanted to see.
Before leaving, I recommend booking the Anne Frank house (we didn’t visit it because Seb had already been there) and the Van Gogh museum because they’re always very crowded and you risk not to find availability.
The hotel where we stayed is the MAI Amsterdam, we had a great time, right in the center, a few steps from the red light district but in a very quiet street.
We dedicated the first day to visiting the center, after an excellent cappuccino from TOKI, we walked for 22.5 km starting from the Damrak area (in the photo on the right). Following the channels we reached the Bloemenmarkt that is the flower market, where I recommend you buy a bouquet for a perfect Instagrammable photo!
In the afternoon we took the free ferry, behind the central train station, which took us to the NDSM area full of graffiti, if you want there is also a sort of street art museum to visit which is called STRAAT, we didn’t visit it because € 17.50 of admission seemed excessive to us.
We dedicated the second day to visiting the museums since they are all in the same street, we started early in the morning with a visit to the Van Gogh Museum which honestly didn’t thrill us, if you are not really passionate about the works of this author in our opinion you can also skip it, but obviously it is a subjective taste.
We continued with the Rijksmuseum which is really huge, very classic with many ancient works of art, not to be missed The Night Watch by Rembrandt, the works of Vermeer and the beautiful library.
In the evening we had dinner in a very good Chinese restaurant in a floating pagoda, the Sea Palace, and took a walk in the red light district which is truly one of a kind. Obviously don’t bring children and don’t take pictures of the women in the windows because it’s illegal.
And don’t forget to follow all our travels on our Instagram account Perfectlyimperfecttrips