Accommodation: Shelter City Hostel. This hostel is located in the heart of the Red Light District and is managed by Christian volunteers. If you are looking for a centrally located hostel, friendly staff, delicious breakfast, clean rooms/bathrooms, and a good night’s rest, this is the hostel for you. Don’t expect a party atmosphere here! After four nights in the city, we then spent the weekend outside the city at Lucky Lake Hostel. It was the perfect place to relax, watch the Olympics, do some biking, etc. Lucky Lake Hostel is a unique hostel experience, as it is essentially a camp ground made up of colorful campers, or as my dad would say “a colorful trailer park.” You can be the judge [ scroll to the bottom for photos ].
Pretty cool: Enjoy an appetizer and good glass of wine at the SkyLounge, located on the terrace of the Hilton Double Tree Hotel. This bar offers amazing views of the city, so be sure to arrive just before sunset.
Don’t miss it: The Anne Frank House. It’s a chilling experience, as you will walk through the actual space where Anne, her family and another family lived in hiding for nearly two years. You will experience a range of emotions. While a very sad experience, it’s necessary to study and remember our world’s past. Book your tickets a few weeks in advance to avoid hour-long queues.
Wish I had more time for: A brewery tour of Brouweril ’t IJ, located in one of Amsterdam’s windmills.
Must try food/drink: Bitterballen, stoopwafels, krokets, Gouda cheese and Brouweril ’t IJ beer.
Here’s a hint: Take an evening canal tour by boat [ recommended: Friendship Tours ]. Also, wander around the Red Light District in the early evening. It’s weird, but #WhenInAmsterdam, right? Lastly, [ only if you have plenty of time ] spend a couple of days outside of the city at Lucky Lake Hostel.
[ Next stop ]: Train to Celle, Germany.
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