Goede dag! Such a beautiful cute city center with lots of colorful bicycles, flowing canals, color coordinating narrow row houses lining the water, gabled facades, brick bridges, fun wooden windmills, bright hued tulips, traditional blue & white dutch china and mini clogs. Just some of my favorites from Holland in the Netherlands!
Best Western Plus Blue Square Hotel
We stayed at this Best Western which was such a nice 4 star hotel very close to the city center. Located on Slotermeerlaan 80, 1064 HD Amsterdam, Netherlands. The inside was beautiful and they had amazing food in the restaurant downstairs which was buffet style. Had lots of dutch cheese and meat platters, dutch yogurt and danishes.
Look at this cute Dutch windmill!
Rijksmuseum & Iamsterdam Sign – Such a cute fun landmark to see in Museumplein square. There were a ton of people climbing this sign, it was so huge in person. Had to step way far back to get all the letters in the frame.
Van Gogh Museum – So beautiful, one of my favorite artists of all time. Home of the world’s largest Van Gogh collection. The paintings were amazing! One of my favorites is the Sunflowers still life painting.
Dam Square – Grand square dominated by the Royal Palace
Waterways & Canals – Take a canal cruise through the channels, it is the most gorgeous views. These little narrow houses are so adorable and have so much charm! Or ride a bicycle along the canals. Probably my favorite part of Holland.
Tulips – So many beautiful colored tulips, love these! They are so pretty and one of my favorite types of spring flowers. Cutest little souvenir is taking some tulip bulbs home to plant at home. It was hard to just choose one color, I wanted them all. Also walked by Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market. Little greenhouses line the canals and they’re selling every flower you can dream of. It’s delightful!
Blue & White Dutch China – This is such a classic, my most favorite pieces I brought home were the blue & white china house and clog ornaments.
Poffertjes (Dutch Pancakes) – Small disc fluffy pancakes. These were absolutely amazing with powdered sugar and strawberries. This place we went to called Poffertjes & Pannenkoeken Restaurant de vier pilaren is highly recommended.
Dutch French Fries – Mannekenpis is voted No#1 Holland Fries. They sure were tasty plus there’s a whole list of dipping sauces to choose from and some flavors are just absurd. I was boring and got plain ketchup.
Stroopwafels – Saved the best for last…half cookie like and half waffle like. These little snacks are amazing. This place called van Wonderen Stroopwafels were our favorite. They had so many flavors and they sold mini ones too. Yummy caramel filing.
We loved you Amsterdam! Can’t wait to come back to this beautiful place someday. Tot Ziens!
Things to See Next Time:
- Tulip Festival (Springtime)
- Tulip Museum