Posted on September 4, 2015
We stayed at a hotel at Schipol Airport for a few days. The airport was amazing and the transit center incredibly well designed with trains leaving every few minutes and extremely helpful staff.
Local and International transit in Amsterdam was incredible! The city buses, metro and rail lines can get you anywhere and with the 3 day pass for 25 Euros, I would have happily paid more. The multi-day passes are actually little booklets that you scan when entering and exiting the buses that unfold to a full map of the city! Incredibly well thought out and helpful.
Whether the canals, cheese, or pot brings you to this stunning city, amazing experiences are around every corner. People will casually mention that Amsterdam is a hub for cyclists. Amsterdam has more bicycles than they have people! Bicycles in Amsterdam have priority, if you are on foot, watch you step! If driving…you are a brave person. We got a chance to meet the owner of a cheese shop who we chatted with for over an hour and even sat down for a cup of coffee.
We went to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Museum with a combined wait time of three hours to get inside, but were well worth the wait. Head Shops are another big draw to Amsterdam, if you plan to enjoy the alternative attractions or not, it might be worth your while just to pop in to a cannabis coffee shop just to say you did. Fun fact: “Magic Mushrooms” were actually banned in December 2008, so any hallucinogen you find is synthetic and therefore easier to control. When it comes down to it, the city really speaks for itself. Canal tours are always a great idea, and there’s nothing like soaking up the culture by walking the streets and experiencing it for yourself.