A Day in Amsterdam: Art, History, and Nightlife
Some years ago, we wont get into how many, my bestest friend in the entire world was turning 21. She was doing a year abroad and after a quick stop in London, we decided to meet in Amsterdam to celebrate. Take all of that 21 year-old shenanigans out of the equation, and Amsterdam is still my favorite city in the world.
Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, is a city that seamlessly blends rich history with modern sophistication. The people are friendly, but to the point. And, as one of my cab drivers so eloquently put it "I speak 5 languages and have traveled the world. I'm just a cab driver." No matter who you speak with, their stories are also rich and worldly.
Join me on a captivating journey as we explore the highlights of a day in this picturesque city, from the artistic wonders of the Van Gogh Museum to the historical significance of the Anne Frank House, and finally, the allure of exclusive nightlife experiences at password-protected clubs, all while staying at the exquisite Inntell Hotels.
Morning: Inntell Hotels
Begin your day at the luxurious Inntell Hotels, where comfort and elegance converge. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Inntell Hotels offer a perfect starting point for your exploration. Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for the exciting day ahead.
Morning Eats: Crapes
Make sure to stop crapes. Us American's are used to the sweet delights, and while Amsterdam has plenty of sweet crape varieties, opt for a savory creation. I recommend the salmon crapes. Chef's kiss!
Late Morning: Van Gogh Museum
Embark on a cultural journey at the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh's masterpieces. Marvel at the vivid colors and emotional intensity of his iconic works, including "Sunflowers" and "Starry Night." The museum not only showcases Van Gogh's art but also provides insight into the artist's tumultuous life through letters and personal artifacts.
Afternoon: Anne Frank House
Transition to a more contemplative atmosphere as you visit the Anne Frank House. This poignant museum is housed in the actual building where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II. Walk through the concealed annex and witness the profound impact of Anne's diary, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Evening: Culinary Delights
Savor Amsterdam's culinary scene at one of the city's charming eateries. Whether you opt for traditional Dutch cuisine or choose to explore international flavors, Amsterdam offers a diverse range of dining experiences. The city's canal-side restaurants provide a picturesque setting for a memorable meal.
Night: Password-Protected Nightclubs
Amsterdam comes alive at night, and for those seeking exclusive experiences, delve into the world of password-protected nightclubs. These hidden gems are known for their unique atmospheres, top-notch DJs, and a discerning clientele. Secure the elusive password, and dance the night away in a setting that blends sophistication with underground allure.
Late night meal: Dutch Pizza
You'll be starving and you're in luck. The late night Pizzarias are all you'll ever need. The Netherlands being THE cheese capital of the world, every slice is a cheese lovers paradise. Opt for a slice of the simple 5 cheese pizza. You simply can't go wrong.
As the day in Amsterdam draws to a close, reflect on the cultural richness, historical significance, and vibrant nightlife that make this city truly exceptional. From the Inntell Hotels' opulent accommodations to the Van Gogh Museum's artistic treasures and the emotional resonance of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam offers a kaleidoscope of experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
Late Evening: Strolling the Red Light District
For a unique and intriguing end to your day in Amsterdam, take a stroll through the world-famous Red Light District. As night falls, the narrow, cobbled streets and canals come alive with neon lights, creating a captivating ambiance. Here, amidst the historic architecture, you'll encounter the city's famed red-lit windows, where skilled professionals showcase their talents.
While the Red Light District is often associated with its more notorious aspects, it's also a neighborhood with a rich history and unique charm. Discover hidden gems like quaint cafes, quirky shops, and vibrant street art as you navigate through the district. Engage with the local atmosphere and witness the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity that characterizes this area.
As you explore, keep in mind that the Red Light District is a place of contrasts, where the historical and the contemporary coexist. Take the opportunity to appreciate Amsterdam's commitment to openness and tolerance, making it a city that embraces diversity and challenges societal norms.
Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the artistic wonders of museums, reflect on history at the Anne Frank House, dance the night away at password-protected nightclubs, or wander through the Red Light District's intriguing streets, Amsterdam promises a day filled with enriching experiences and unforgettable memories.