Our trip overseas to Amsterdam, The Netherlands was a huge success! From there we also traveled to Paris and London. Those posts are coming soon! Here is how we got to Amsterdam, where we stayed, what we did and what we ate. Take a look to see what I recommend to try in Holland’s active and fun Amsterdam, The Netherlands! See my morning show segment below to see the videos of my recommendations in Amsterdam. Links to all that I showed are below. It was all a blast!
How we got there:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines nonstop from Washington DC to Amsterdam. I highly recommend this carrier that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary!
*Anne Frank House Museum – Not to be missed if you go to Amsterdam. Tragically touching. All should see as we must never forget the horrendous tragedy and Anne Frank and her family who represent that awful historic time. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed in the museum, so I only have this impactful photo to show that I snapped outside of the Anne Frank House. Seeing Anne’s reflection is almost eerily magical. Once inside her house, walking up the hidden steep stairs and through the small hiding space above Anne’s father, Otto Frank’s shop was surreal. It is quite the experience that I highly recommend.
NOTE!!!: Tickets to tour the Anne Frank House Museum can only be purchased on the official Anne Frank House website and must be purchased exactly six weeks in advance of the visit. Get your tickets here at this link.
*Van Gogh Museum – Another attraction not to be missed is the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and shows visitors how his talents influenced modern art. We bought our tickets to the gallery through Viator in combination with a tour guide that enabled us to skip the long lines…a bonus for sure. The Viator ticket link to this is here. For more information, see the Van Gogh Museum site.
*Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam Afternoon High Tea – We found this Alice in the Wonderland Afternoon High Tea (as the hotel calls this fun experience) to be delicious and unique as not one tea cup was used! Instead hot and chilled teas from around the globe were sipped from wine glasses, champagne flutes and even whiskey glasses. Fun! The accompanying sandwiches, soup, scones and decadent desserts were equally tasty. Situated in the attractive and comfortable Library in the Sofitel, the entire experience was delightful and memorable. I high recommend. For more information visit the Sofitel Amsterdam hotel High Afternoon Tea site here at this link.
Where We Dined:
*Oriole Bistro at the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Hotel – Great food served in an elegant but relaxed restaurant and in the lush attractive garden area when the weather allows.
*Marie Amsterdam Restaurant was our favorite because the food was scrumptious from start to finish (try the Gnocchis À LA Parisienne…incredible) and don’t miss the top wine selections and the best hazelnut praline dessert I have ever sunk my teeth into called the Millefeuille À Partager.
Our view of the lovely canal from our outdoor table was equally pleasurable.
*Black and Blue Restaurant – Here you will find good burgers and steaks along with tasty entrees, great wine and a colorful and fun atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed my curry vegetable dish.
It was perfectly satisfying until the very last bite. The 3-story restaurant is also attractive to look at and walk through with all kinds of art adorning the walls that are also filled with comfortable chairs and tables for dining in. I recommend. For more information, check out the Black and Blue restaurant website here.
*Van Holland StroopWafels – Get Amsterdam’s favorite dessert hand dipped in chocolate and/or a large assortment of other toppings at the busy and welcoming Van Holland StroopWafels shop. My daughter was sure glad she got one! Check out the bakery’s website here.
And finally don’t leave Holland without having a fresh cold Heineken beer! Any place will do as the brew was terrific everywhere we tried a glass…but of course since this favorite brewsky originally comes from The Netherlands. Cheers to that and I toast to Amsterdam. Put this place on your bucket list!
The two must have travel tools I showed on the morning show…
*The TESSAN Universal Power Adapter, International Plug Adaptor with 4 USB Ports (1 USB C), Travel Worldwide Essentials Wall Charger for US to Europe Germany France Spain Ireland Australia(Type C/G/A/I). I bought mine for $19.99 on Amazon at the link. This one adapter worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London to charge our phones. Each country has a different type of wall socket, so this was a must have overseas travel item.
*The Apple World Travel Adapter Kit worked with our laptops. Another must have for international travel. I bought mine for $29 at this Apple Store link.
Stay tuned for my upcoming report about our visit to Paris and to London. Happy Travels!
***And for the list of my tried and true international travel tips, click here travel apps, tools and tips I showed, see that article here at this link.