Another Euro trip down guys! Recently back after spending 48 hours in Amsterdam and what a place to visit. Picturesque canals, tasty foods, beautiful views and everything else in between.
This awesome place is only an hour away. It literally shocks me that I haven’t visited before. The whole trip was perfect minus a cancelled flight which almost messed up the whole journey but that was luckily overcome. Got to love airports! As a city Amsterdam has so much to offer. On average we walked around 8 – 10 miles each day and there wasn’t one moment of boredom. It’s already somewhere I’ll look to return to in the future. If you haven’t been yourself it’s somewhere I’d highly recommend.
48 Hours in Amsterdam – The Canals.
Upon arrival the canals were one of the first things we saw and it was love at first sight. My camera was pretty much glued to my hand. Every little bridge crossing offered a different and uniquely beautiful view. The canal system in Amsterdam is very intricate and constantly bustling with boats roaming up and down. The sheer volume of bridges and different routes is probably the main reason we covered so many miles in this visit. It was nice to capture all the different views in the morning, mid day and at night. We also experienced them from a boat whilst having dinner. Even with this large city, walking the streets of Amsterdam is a breeze. It’s a flat place, I guess this is why bikes are the main choice of transport by the locals.
48 Hours in Amsterdam – Vondelpark.
We spent the last day wandering in Vondelpark. Nothing better than a nicely maintained, vibrantly coloured park with a few little cafes to stop off in. The huge iron gates welcomed us into the park and with several entrances/exits you can make your own route through. Walking here definitely added to the miles we clocked up on the last day. Right the way through the park there are quaint little bridges, beautiful lakes and various tree covered pathways. This park is the perfect location to get your Amsterdam cycle ride in if like me your to much of a wimp to do it in the hectic city with the locals!
48 Hours in Amsterdam – Where to eat.
Time to talk food. The food in Amsterdam was fantastic so just going to highlight a couple of standout places. Juice To Boost was breakfast heaven! They had an amazing menu with all sorts of tempting options. A quick morning acai bowl outside in the morning Amsterdam sunshine was a perfect start to the day. Not wanting to go to the same place twice, SLA came on the radar. SLA was big on salads and you could design your own. As the visit to SLA came after a gym workout a packed salad with chicken, bulgur, curried cauliflower, carrot, beet and cucumber hit the spot. Both of these places were nutritionally sound and gave a nice healthy meal.
48 Hours in Amsterdam – Main attractions.
So what else is there to do in Amsterdam? A short distance from Hotel Vossius was the Rijks Museum, the huge I Amsterdam sign (Go early if you want an empty picture of this) and the Vincent Van Gough museum. The Ice Bar was good fun and made for a cool evening pit stop whilst wandering the canals. The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, situated on Dam Square was pristine and definitely worth a visit. A further hot spot is Anne Franks house. If you do wish to go here, buy tickets and prepare to que for an hour or so. Instead of going here we decided to squeeze a workout in. We went to Splash Health Club. It was a fantastic gym that was insanely equipped. It had an excellent smoothie/shake bar and the team there were very accommodating.
48 hours will go quickly in this lovely place. On a return visit to Amsterdam it would be easy to have a completely different yet equally enjoyable experience. I will miss the canals, its relaxed nature and everything is has to offer, I’d highly recommend visiting so book your trip!
For more Amsterdam images check out my photography page. Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next one!
(My visit to Splash Healthclub was complimentary however all opinions expressed are my own)
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