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Cities in Holland | Amsterdam

februari 9, 2016

Most would agree that visiting the Netherlands without seeing Amsterdam is not done. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and accounts for over more than 800000 residents. People from all over the world explore the city’s sights. For example the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Huis. Of course I can’t forget to mention the Wallen and coffeeshops, which tourists probably most frequently visit haha (just making a wild guess here). This day I visited the Anne Frank Huis for the first time.

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There hasn’t been one day in which I arrived at Amsterdam Centraal that wasn’t busy. Once getting off the train you will know what I mean. A huge amount of people making their way towards the escalator, taking them down to the station’s main hall. Snacks, drinks, tickets and other things can be bought here. I checked out with my OV-Chipkaart and headed into Amsterdam. Catching the bus, tram or metro is easy from here.

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When you are in Amsterdam for sightseeing, the station itself is a good place to start. Especially when you arrive by train. The station was build between the years 1881 and 1889. It is very intriguing with all its details.

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The Anne Frank Huis is not too far away from the station. It is situated at a walkable distance of about 15 to 18 minutes. Depends on how fast or slow you walk, haha. We took a tram that went into the city center of Amsterdam and from there on we walked a bit.

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The line was super long! I was astonished. I am not 100 percent sure, but damn! I think we waited for almost two hours? Anyhow we had time enough, because the museum is open from 09:00 a.m. until 07:00 p.m.. On Saturdays it is open until 09:00 p.m..

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I don’t have any pictures from inside, because I think it wasn’t allowed to take any. Standing in line I was already mentally preparing myself before entering. I had the feeling it would make a big impact on me and it definitely did. I read everything I could read, viewed everything I could view and try to place myself in Anne Frank her shoes. Even though I haven’t experienced anything like her situation, I think it was horrible for her. I can do so many things she and many many other couldn’t do in that time period. I left the Anne Frank Huis very sad, but also inspired and grateful.

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Afterwards we didn’t have any plans other than eating somewhere in Amsterdam. So we strolled and strolled, took a bunch of pictures and talked about the scenery and other things related to Amsterdam.

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Canals are spread throughout the city. It is a lovely thing to see. The canals of Amsterdam build in the 17th century are so unique that they were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. In the past the canals had many functions like managing the water resources, transportation of goods and as defense against enemies. Now it serves a more touristic purpose.

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Eventually we walked even more than we wanted to, because we were quite picky about which cafe or restaurant to go to for some food. At some point we entered the first best place we saw which luckily had some vegan options!

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This place was pretty neat and had a nice vibe. I really enjoy laid back atmospheres which are a bit hipster-ish. Most times those are the ones that play chill music and have interesting menus. I ordered a platter with bread and hummus. It also came with some tomato spread. I didn’t eat the white stuff. Well, I didn’t even ask what it was haha, but I assumed it wasn’t vegan.

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With no goal in mind and no particular place to visit we walked into different kinds of streets. Unfortunately this day wasn’t as sunny as the days in Delft, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. But I am glad it wasn’t cold!

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Tatsuya and me chitchatting (Japanese time)

At some point we stumbled upon the Dam square in the city center of Amsterdam. A lot of national memorials are held here. Mostly this place will be filled with tourist visiting the Rijksmuseum, Madame Tussaud, the New Church and the Royal Palace.

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It was a really short day of visiting Amsterdam. We didn’t see much, maybe because we didn’t plan anything special other than just going to the Anne Frank Huis. After spending some time on the Dam Square we walked through some other streets nearby the central station.

If you come from abroad spending a couple of days in Amsterdam would be more than enough. You can see plenty of places in just a long weekend. When you plan to stay longer in the Netherlands you can easily travel to other cities by train within hours, because the Netherlands is a very small country.

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Thanks for reading and checking out my pictures. Most of the pictures this time were made by my boyfriend’s father :).

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