so I've been to the Netherlands five times, and guess what? I've never visited Amsterdam.
Hence my next trip to the Netherlands again in late March/early April, I'm determined to go there. I'm thinking of two days including a half-day trip to Keukenhof.
What would be your top suggestions on how to fill the remaining time? I haven't had time to read up yet, so thought I'll pick your brains first I guess Anne Frank House would be a must?
Cheers and thanks,
Kuikenhof, yes definitely. If you happen to hit the Tulip Festival, so much the better. In that case, visiting the places where they make up the moving displays is fun. But also visit the Rijchsmuseum (spelling??) and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Since distances are short, you may also want to visit another city for half a day, like The Hague.
The best tip for you is to take your life savings!! I have been going to Amsterdam for the last 10 years with work and the prices now are just ridiculous. it is a lovely city but I have had enough now of getting totally ripped off by everything there being so overpriced, it even seems more expensive than London. I was there last week and paid 6 euros for a beer in 1 bar and the average is 5 euros. The hostels are stupid prices now and hotels are becoming cheaper than hostels which really does not make any sense. We stayed in a 4 bed room for about 120 euros a night which was the cheapest in the whole of Amsterdam that I could find.
BUT apart from the stupid prices, it IS a lovely city and if I was very rich I would enjoy it like I used to enjoy it a few years ago.
Thanks for the reply guys
I'll be based in the Hague and do not intend to stay overnight in Amsterdam. I'm starting to think one day in Amsterdam and another half in Keukenhof would be sufficient for me as I'm not an art museum person. I'm more into old architecture and just basking in the atmosphere and vibe of a place. I did Utrecht in half a day. A friend suggested Rotterdam, perhaps I'll head there too.
I'll be surprised if Amsterdam was more expensive than Zurich! It was the most expensive city I've ever been to, definitely waaay more than London. I haven't been to Tokyo, so I dunno about the comparison.
Since you will be in Den Haag, take a look at Madurodam, if it still exists. It is an amazing miniture desplay of typical Holland sites.