This is a city of museums. There was so much to see that we were timed out at the end of the day. The I am Amsterdam passes allowed free entrance to almost all museums. Art, history, and religion. They also included tram, boat and bus pass for a reasonable daily fee. Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk all within walking distance of each other. All the painters of the Dutch Golden Age to Contemporary Art in one area of Amsterdam. Just Amazing!
Van Gogh Museum
The museum was really nice and they had a great collection. We got the audio guide, which I'd highly recommend. We booked tickets online to reserve a time and skip any lines for tickets. There were 3 floors of work by Van Gogh and the Japanese artists whose work he admired. The exhibit clearly showed how artist adapted elements of Japanese art in his work and the supporting verbiage and visual support were easy to follow. I think this collection is one of the best I've seen. The museum did very well in managing the crowds including those who attempted to take selfies and disturbing others who wanted to take in the works. It is definitely a must for anyone visiting Amsterdam. To book your tickets click here.
The Stedelijk is conveniently located right next to the Van Gogh Museum and absolutely worth a visit for fans of modern art. The permanent collection is arranged by theme/period which is unusual and highly effective. I really enjoyed this place. Lots of varied exhibitions, plenty of diversity in color and style, well worth a visit. The special exhibition by Rineke Dijkstra on the lives of teenagers & 20-somethings was interesting. The section on refugees was quite unique also. I spent 45 minutes to an hour there. After that, we spent some time near I AM STERDAM sign which I did not expect to be so crowded. But we tried to get some good pictures and of course, we failed.
Discovering the city
We spent some time to roam around the city with our day pass. We were literally sitting in any tram and observed the architecture and beauty of the city. We did hand around the central station. The lake area is amazing where there are so many shopping and food options are available.
We reached early to the pickup point so we had to wait half an hour. The canal cruise is a must do in Amsterdam. As there are many canals in the city, you can see the whole city in this way. It gives an overview of the city and you can see where you would like to spend more time. It was one hour tour. I loved listening to the little bit of history and a free drink with snacks. The canal tour is one of the highlights of Amsterdam as it is very unique. Going through the canals in an open roof boat with the lovely backdrop of houses and other buildings is mesmerizing. The ever-changing scenes, the gardens, beautiful flowers, houseboats, bridges, etc are delightful to watch. You can book tickets online here.
Lunch and a walk after lunch
We were late for lunch and as we were craving for Indian cuisine, Gandhi was the perfect place to satisfy our craving. There was a large verity of food to order from the menu and it is vegetarian-friendly too. We ordered Veg Thali, the portion size was perfect and filling. The food took a while to be served as the restaurant was busy during dinner service but it was worth the wait. After lunch, we decided to chill around the lake and went back to the Hotel.
A must have experience...
Great live music, pool tables, live sport, good drinks options, amazing atmosphere, friendly and happy staff, that’s all you need...! We enjoyed some drink deals whilst listening to live music and playing pool then we went up to the tap and dine restaurant upstairs with a scrumptious menu which was delicious..!
This city is full of life. One would definitely want to spend whole life there. Nature has gifted the beauty of this city and manmade architecture makes it even more beautiful. Again with the promise of coming back, we said Goodbye to the city...! I <3 Amsterdam...!