Chris and I wanted to make the most of our wedding celebrations and book our honeymoon in Europe for 10 days. We purchased first class Eurail tickets and planned to see as much as we could. That meant pretty much a new city every day. Our first stop – Amsterdam.
We arrived in Amsterdam in the evening, tired from flying and our wedding reception the night before. Even though it was dark, it wasn’t too late so we still wanted to go out and explore.
We got the train from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam Central. From there, it was only a 10 minute walk to our hotel which was super convenient. We stayed at the Hotel Mate Aitana. It was a cute hotel with a higher end restaurant and bar.
Chris and I changed out of our plane clothes and decided to just walk. We walked towards the Dam Centre which is one of the busiest squares in Amsterdam. We took in all the streets and architecture more blown away by the last.
We came across the palace which was one of the largest I had seen. It’s right in the middle of the city but it doesn’t look out of place.
By this time, we were starting to get hungry so we started looking for places to eat. We found a burger place where they made great mojitos and had super filling burgers.
After dinner, it was getting late so we decided to meander back to the hotel. We walked through the red light district, which was like being in a different world, before stopping at a little bar before going back for good.
The next morning we wanted to make the most of our full day so we got up early and grabbed a bagel and coffee from across the street. We checked out and left our bags with the reception desk before heading towards the Anne Frank house to hop on a canal tour.
It was cold, but it wasn’t raining so we took that as a win. I highly recommend the Flagship Canal Tours. It was a great mix of history, comedy and a bar onboard. The tour lasted about an hour but it really was the best way to see the city.
We booked tickets to go to the MOCO Museum later in the afternoon to see the Banksy exhibit. We had some time to kill in between so we started going down the canal streets again.
We found the Amsterdam Cheese Company which gave you nearly a sample of every cheese. It was so good we had to buy some to snack on for the trains.
The samples of cheese made us realize how hungry we were for lunch so we found a little cafe for sandwiches and coffee. The portion sizes were HUGE and we were going to be set for the day.
By this time, our time slot for the museum was fast approaching so we headed to the museum district. On the way, we found a real Banksy piece tagged on one of the walls!
The museum was really neat. It was in an old house that had Warhol’s, Keith Haring’s and Banksy pieces throughout. We were in there about an hour but it was so worth it.
It was then time to head to the train station to catch our first of three trains to Switzerland.