Let me start this post by saying that I loved this beautiful city of canals. The city was lively, beautiful and never slept and that’s what I loved about this city. Even though I had taken a very long flight from Australia to Europe, I did not for once stay back at the hostel when I was in Amsterdam. I absolutely loved walking around and exploring all small little corners of the city. So, this post is to provide as much information about my travel within Amsterdam.

Note: Almost everyone speaks English in Amsterdam and there is absolutely no language problems.

Transportation

There are good connectivity of trains around the city – even from the airport. The 3 days pass costed 28 Euros and I could use them on trains, buses, ferries and trams. The tickets must be checked in and out before entering and exiting the platforms.

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Where did I stay?

I stayed at a hostel called Shelter city in the Red Light District. My detailed views of all the hostels I stayed around Europe is in the post here.

Must eat

I recommend trying:

  • Waffles
  • Pan cakes
  • Stroopwaffle
  • Mannekenpis fries – I personally did not like it but it is one of the must eats in Amsterdam. Note: These fries are fried in animal fat, so vegetarians beware.
  • Hot chocolate
  • Cheese
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Stroopwaffle
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Hot chocolate

Itinerary

Tip: Ensure to book the museum tickets well in advance to avoid long queues.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Expenses

Transportation

  • Flight tickets – (AUD 712.71) 437.53 Euros
  • Train Tickets 3 day pass – 28 Euros
  • Train ticket 1 hour pass – 3.95 Euros
  • Taxi – 22.5 Euros

Stay

  • Hostel – 97.30 Euros
  • Advance for hostel – (AUD 26) 15.95 Euros

Things to do

  • Anne Frank museum – 15.5 Euros
  • Canal boat ride – 11 Euros
  • Guided tour for church – 9 Euros
  • Cannabis museum – 9 Euros
  • Museum of Prostitution – 12.5 Euros
  • A’DAM Swing with regular ticket – 17.5 Euros
  • Bus tour – (AUD 48.16) 29.57 Euros
  • Magic Show – 22 Euros (I did not end up going unfortunately)
  • Red light district walking tour – (AUD 5.81) 3.57 Euros

Food

  • Chocolate cake – 6.70 Euros
  • Dinner and breakfast at Indian restaurant (Ganesha Indian) – 21.50 Euros
  • Coffee – 3 Euros
  • Lunch – 12.5 Euros
  • Waffle * 2 – 8 Euros
  • Hot chocolate – 2 Euros
  • Pasta – 23 Euros
  • Dinner at 29 Spices Indian restaurant – 25 Euros
  • Fries – 2.5 Euros
  • Waffle and cake – 11.5 Euros

Miscellaneous

  • Tips – 2 Euros
  • Souvenirs – 20 Euros
  • Lock – 4 Euros
  • SIM card – 60 Euros

Total Expenses = 936.57 Euros (AUD 1525.61)

I am sure everyone will have a great time in this city as there are so many things to do and see. So enjoy!

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