We headed off to Amsterdam from Zurich in an over night train.Â We travelled first class and it was an awesome journey. We got off in Amsterdam in the morning and headed off straight to the hostel. This time we booked a private room with ensuite at St Christopherâ€™s Inn. It is pretty good, nice and clean. It also includes free wifi and breakfast. It is a bit noisy till late in the night though. So if you dont like parties and noise then this definitely wont be the place for you.
Headed to the hostel, chucked the luggage in the lockers and started wandering the streets. Our first stop was the Dam Square. Apparently it is also used as a meeting place for the tourists. The place was lively and the royal palace is now open for visitors. We walked along the city centre for a little while. There is Madame Tussauds as well. We skipped it as we have visited it in London.
The roads are full of cars, buses, trams and bicycles. Number of bikes is greater than the number of people here and visually you can see it
We then headed off to Anne Frankâ€™s house. I thought that there should be a separate post for Anne Frankâ€™s Haus.
Then we headed off to Rijkâ€™s museum after a short nap Rijkâ€™s museum is a combination of art and history. The highlight of the museum is â€œThe Night Watchâ€ by Rembrandt who took over an year to do the painting.
The other master piece that I loved was â€œThe Kitchen Maidâ€ by Johannes Vermeer.
The visit to Rijkâ€™s museum was extremely inspiring and was awesome!
So then we decided to have a coffee in a traditional dutch coffee shop. Dont get me wrong, I really meant a â€œcoffee shopâ€ in every sense. We headed off to one which is closer to our hostel. The minute we stepped in, I could smell it a bit different. We ordered our Cappuccino and Chococcino(Mocha) and sat at the table. Then I looked at the menu to find â€œspace cakesâ€ and I looked around to see that people were eating muffins, brownies and â€˜smokingâ€™. Aha, a true Amsterdam style coffee shop.
The evening was extremely interesting as we headed out to the red light district to see the dark (or rather the red) side of Amsterdam. I had a mixed feeling of the area. It was aweful to see some extremely beautiful girls standing in red fluorescent lit windows and calling out to the guys. But there isÂ something beautiful about it. It is the cityâ€™s biggest attraction and the streets were flocked with tourists just wanting to get a glimpse of the area. History says that the area has been established as early as 14th century when sailors wanted some female company. Whatever it is, it definitely is the biggest attraction of Netherlands and is definitely a must-see.
For dinner, I should definitely mention â€œMaozâ€ which is on Dam Rak. They make some awesome falafels and if you are a fan of falafels then you should have it at this place. You get free salad refills and it is all awesome salads with different types of sauces and dressings. It is my fave place for dining out.
With all of that action, all I could do was just crash back just after midnight to wakeup and realise that I have overslept.
So far, I luv this place.