The Places We Wish To Go… Amsterdam

The Places We Wish To Go… Amsterdam

I love dreaming of travelling and putting these posts together is a brilliant way for me to research and find out everywhere that I want to go. We’ve covered quite a few places in our wish to go series now and you can find them all here. We’ve still not actually managed to get to any of them but fingers crossed that we do soon. Today the place we are wishing to go to is Amsterdam. James went here on a stag do before we met and he really didn’t like the place but I know that I am going to be able to convince him to give it another go 😉

Here are our top reasons why Amsterdam is one of the places we are wishing to go…

© Anne Frank House / Photographer: Cris Toala Olivares

For me a visit to the Anne Frank House has to be top of my list. I’ve read the book a few times and it fascinates me so being able to visit where she and her family hid for two years would be just amazing… It just breaks my heart what Anne and her family went through and to try and put myself in their position is near impossible. I so wish she had lived to tell her story.

Photo by Eddie Hooiveld on Unsplash

Another things that personally draws me to Amsterdam is my favourite flower… the tulip! I’d love to visit fields of tulips in Spring and the Bloemenmarkt which is the only floating flower market in the world. I think I will be planning our trip for April when the Tulip Festival takes place for the entire month. On the subject of flowers I would love to visit Hortus Botanicus which is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

© van Wonderen Stroopwafels

One of the biggest reasons I love to travel is the food! These Stroopwafels look absolutely amazing and I just know that the kids and I would be licking our lips and heading straight to Van Wonderen Stroopwafels as soon as we touch down in Amsterdam 😉 I’d also really love to sample everything that the Foodhallen has to offer. It has 21 stands offering local delicacies and a number of bars serving wine, G&T, cocktails and beers. Sounds like a place I could spend all day 😉

Photo by Vishwas Katti on Unsplash

I’d have to leave the capital behind and head for the Dutch countryside to go on a windmill tour, as well as a great opportunity for some amazing photos I am so interested in the Dutch culture so seeing how they live out there would just be wonderful… and also I’d be hoping to see fields of tulips 😉

Photo by Jordan Merrick on Unsplash

I would have to visit the Red Light District purely out of curiosity. Although we’d probably be travelling with the kids so not really an ideal place for them to visit. What I actually didn’t realise until researching for this post is that the Red Light District (De Wallen) is a neighbourhood with over 9,000 people living there!

Photo by Sávio Félix on Unsplash

A boat tour to see Amsterdam from the river is an absolute must do! I think we would have to do this in the evening to see the city lit up, a lovely relaxing way to take in the sights… hopefully with a nice cold glass of wine in hand 🙂

One thing I love to do when I visit somewhere is get a really good view so I’d love to head for the A’DAM lookout which has a 360° sky deck and the swing over the edge shown in the video above… I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do that though, would you?

There are just so many more things that I would love to do in Amsterdam… the Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum, Eat a brownie, NEMO Science Museum, Hire a bike – just to name a few more. I’m excited to start planning our trip 🙂

Have you ever visited Amsterdam? I’d love to hear about your trip in the comments if you have a few minutes to tell me all about it xx

* Featured Photo by Red Morley Hewitt on Unsplash

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  1. June 20, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Good choice. I went to visit Amsterdam 2 weekends ago and I had an absolute ball. Beware that the sign in the city no longer exists. However there is another one right beside the look out tower. I havent braved the swing though

  2. June 20, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    Oh wow look at that tulip field….worth a trip to Amsterdam just for taking in the sheer glory of that!

  3. June 20, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    I love Amsterdam although I havent been for a few years now. It has such an amazing mix of things to see and do!

  4. Claire
    June 20, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Amsterdam is at the very top of my bucket list. Reading this makes me want to grab my passport and go.

    A really thorough review, thank you!

  5. June 20, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    So many people I know have told me so many fantastic stories about Amsterdam apart from the usual reasons to visit.

  6. June 20, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve been wanting to visit Amsterdam for a while now, after reading your post I want to visit even more, especially to eat some of those stroopwaffles! I’d love to plan a special trip without the children for a weekend, just need to find a babysitter first!

  7. June 20, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    I’ve never been to Amsterdam but it does look very pretty with the flowers and windmills.

  8. June 21, 2019 / 9:17 am

    It does look like such an appealing place. I love that it all seems to be a very laid back culture and I would also love to see the tulips.

  9. June 21, 2019 / 9:34 am

    It looks like a fab city. Would make a lovely weekend break and there is a lot to see, it all looks very pretty.

  10. June 21, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    That swing would make me scream just to watch! Amsterdam is on our bucket list for when the kids are older and we are more comfortable doing city breaks. Would definitely love to visit the Anne Frank and Van Gogh museums.