Solo trips are empowering. As a woman, I’ve always wanted to travel and explore countries alone. Both my wishes came true on this solo trip to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The historic buildings, beautiful museums, canals and shopping districts draws visitors from all age groups, across the world. After a thorough research on Netherlands, I booked my tickets and packed my bags to the Venice of the North, Amsterdam!
From trams to public transport to metros, the city is extremely well connected. Also there are trains which connect Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport and rest of Netherlands. There are different public transport passes that are available for the tourists. I went in for the Amsterdam city card which gave me access to city’s tourist attractions plus unlimited use of public transport for 24 Hours. It will cost you around 65 Euros.
Where to Stay
Amsterdam has some of the best hostels to stay. I booked Flying Pig Downtown from hostel world after looking at the reviews and ratings of the hostel. It turned out to be a great decision. The hostel is located right in the heart of the city. The central station is just a 5 minute walk. They have free walking tours that start from the hostel every day. Rooms will cost you around 40 Euros/day.
Places to Shop
Amsterdam has some of the best places to shop by bargaining. After all who doesn’t like to go have something great at a cheap price. If you are book lover, head to Oudemanhuispoort Book Market which offer wide variety of books at a low price. For highest quality garments at the lowest prices, do check out Wini Vintage, located at Haarlemmerstraat.
Places to Eat
When in Amsterdam, you cannot miss the absolutely lip smacking Dutch fries. Stop by Manneken Pis Amsterdam, which is located at Damrak and try out the fried with the amazing sauce at a price of 2 euros! Also, head out to Pizzeria Rimini, located at Leidsedwarsstraat where, you could grab a pizza or a pasta under Euro 5.
When it comes to nightlife in Amsterdam, there are clubs to suit every taste. This place is specially known for its amazing nightlife. Checkout the Waterhole Live Music Bar, which offers fantastic live music which a large choice of Local Beer. You could indulge in pub hopping, explore various bars and get free shots too.
Cycling in Amsterdam
The best way to discover Amsterdam is by bike. It is the quintessential Amsterdam experience. Renting a bike or taking a guided cycle tour is a great way to discover the city and can be quite an adventure too. You can rent a bike on yellowbike.in as per your requirement. A 24 hour bike would cost you around 12 Euros.
DO NOT MISS
After interacting with the locals there, I learnt about Zaanse Schans – a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, and workshop. The nearest railway station is Zaandijk. This station can be reached by local train from Amsterdam Central Station in just 15 minutes.