My birthday was Tuesday, so I thought I'd be happy to celebrate my birthday in Dutch style. I went with my boyfriend to Amsterdam. We always go on cheap trips. So we armed ourselves with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which offers substantial savings on rail passes, plane tickets, and entrance fees. I just took the train in May from Berlin to Amsterdam. I booked about 2 months in advance. We had a direct Amsterdam train (stops but no changes) I paid not much each plus 2euro for seat reservation. I was wondering about the Amsterdam weather and Amsterdam pubs and Amsterdam cafes and Amsterdam cheap lodging, that is not a Amsterdam hostel. I wanted to spend my days doing historic stuff and nights taking in the "culture" of Amsterdam, smoke marijuana.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Budget Amsterdam Hotel Corner House It is cheap hotel Amsterdam city center. The cost for a double with shower was really cheap. It is the best for this price range in the Amsterdam center and it is clean. No breakfast, but they served us a free drink when we arrived. It was cheap simple, clean, and wonderfully located. This Amsterdam budget hotel is open 24h a day so we could do our thing in the city and not worry about a curfew. Cheap Hotel Café Corner House was surrounded by superb Amsterdam restaurant bars and cafes approx 10 min walk from Anne Franks House, right on Dam Square, a 5 min walk from the famous red light area and everything is within reach in a few minutes really. It took us 15 min to walk up from the Amsterdam station with our bags. The drinks in the bar were also cheap.
In late afternoon after checking in the hotel we ate at the Skek, Amsterdam student run restaurant, for students. Not very pricey. There were lots of Amsterdam students .
First of all we wanted to go and see the Amsterdam red light district. The area also has a number of sex shops, peep shows, sex theaters, a cannabis museum, a number of Amsterdam coffee-shops that sell marijuana, a sex museum. The RLD is safe as any part of the city probably more so. We had seen people pushing baby strollers and old ladies walking around. We knew that buying drugs is illegal in Amsterdam except for the coffeeshops, but if you get busted buying on the street you get arrested like everywhere else and not to take pictures of the windows and women, or you and your camera will definitely end up in the canals. In general, De Wallen was perfectly safe to walk around there.
We wanted to go to a "show" and we visited i think its called the castell (pink/red elephant on the wall) its expensive but worth it.We had dinner at the New King Chinese Amsterdam restaurants in the RLD. New King was amazing. The dim sum is delicious as well as the main courses.
Tuesday: Happy Birthday to me!
We had a great coffee and dessert for breakfast in Jordino with a cosy, casual ambiance. First ride of the Tuesday was walking tour of Amsterdam. It was a great tour, SANDEMANs New Amsterdam there we only need to tip the Amsterdam tour guide and only if we were happy with the tour. We took Amsterdam free tour with Kevin and I have to say he put a lot of enthusiasm in doing it. He shows true love and passion for the cities he live in. We saw the the Oude Kerk (Old Church), at the heart of the Wallen, consecrated in 1306 is the oldest building in Amsterdam , the Royal Palace on Dam Square is a famous building in baroque style, The Jewish Quarter and the Anne Frank House, The Jordaan District, The Widest Bridge and Narrowest House, The Begijnhof Convent.
Kevin explained us all the secret and the history of Amsterdam red district and showed us the area in a really enjoyable way. We really enjoyed out Amsterdam trip so we gave €10 (as did a few others). Most gave €5 and some gave only coins. We did some Amsterdam shopping at Lezipleg
For lunch we ate in Treasure , there we could pay for all we wish to eat, no time limit around Euro 8.
Amsterdam is famous for its canals. It was fairytale to see illuminated “Old Amsterdam” from a luxurious round Amsterdam trip boat. We've enjoyed candlelight, soft music, the cheese and wine and had kisses there.
Amsterdam center city is so small that after one day of traveling we felt as though we know our way around the city.
The first thing we did was the Heineken museum Amsterdam experience. We got to learn how they make Heineken. 11 euros per person but does include 3 1/2 pints. We could learn about the brewing process and the history of the company. We took World of Ajax tours. We saw the stadium of the famous Amsterdam football team Ajax as well as the Amsterdam football museum and Ajax shop Amsterdam
We visited Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum. It contains hundreds of the painter's sketches and paintings, as well as works by Vincent's younger bother Theo and by other painters of that period such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet and Gaughin.
We ate at the University restaurant, that means it's in/at a university building. Anybody can have a meal there. Of course we enjoyed the fact that there are bicycles everywhere here. We are more concerned about getting run over by bicyclist than cars.
We'll definitely visit Amsterdam again.
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