Last day in Amsterdam… oh no how did this trip end so quickly? I woke up feeling like there are so many things in this gorgeous city I have yet to see… For a minute I was almost considering coming back at some point. I did mention this in my Amsterdam Day 3 blog post, but I’ll say it again. Amsterdam has so much history and culture, I did not expect it! I thought 3 and a half days would be enough to see everything, but boy I was so wrong! Anyway, I’d better make these last few hours count.
I packed my suitcase and I checked out of my hotel. Luckily they were able to hold my luggage and I was free to wander around Amsterdam without having to worry about it. If you recall from the previous post, the night before I was trying to see the Anne Frank House, but the queue was ridiculous. However I managed to find online tickets for 11:30 in the morning, so I wouldn’t have to miss it after all.
I had a look at my Google Maps and saw that there’s this place called the Pancake Bakery. I had a look at their menu and I was like… Okay, ‘Dutch Pancake sounds good to me’. Since the Bakery was very close to Anne Frank’s House, I thought I might as well give it a go.
Let me tell you, I’ve never been the type of person that has a huge breakfast. Also, I never really understood why people have pancakes for breakfast. Where do you fit so much food, so early in the day? But OH. MY. GOD. That pancake was delicious!!! Yeah, I was not able to finish the whole thing, but still. Pancakes for breakfast don’t seem like a bad idea anymore. I would definitely recommend this place. I mean, you don’t have to go there for breakfast, and if you’re not into sweets so early in the morning they also have ‘savory pancakes’. Delicious!
Okay, it was still quite early in the morning. The Tulip Museum was right across the street from the Pancake Bakery, so I decided to check it out. After all, Netherlands is known for its tulips. What do you know, tulips are not even native to Holland! What? I am not a flower person, but it was interesting to learn some more about tulips.
Alright then, time to visit the Anne Frank House. While I was waiting in the queue I quickly read more about Anne’s story and why everyone seems to want to visit this house. After all, it’s just an empty house. But the story was very moving. Not gonna lie, I feel like I am interested in reading the actual book now.
If you’ve read the Amsterdam Day 2 blog post then you probably know I made a list of museums that I wanted to see. Next on that list was the Jewish museum. Granted I don’t know much about Jews nor have I ever taken much interest in their history, but it seemed that they had quite a big community in Amsterdam and I wanted to learn more about it. Did you know that the gramophone and the flat disc were invented by someone who was raised in a Jewish family? I had no idea! They had a collection of vinyls and I listened to a few songs… good stuff!
After the Jewish Museum I headed straight to the National Maritime Museum. Again, a huge building and so many new things to learn! It was very cool and I would say it’s a must see if you are in Amsterdam. They also had a collection showing how yachts developed during the years and how they became the extra luxurious boats they are today. Needless to say that I really enjoyed that one!
If you are caught up on all of my Amsterdam blog posts, you know that a selfie in front of the canals became a thing. Unfortunately on my last day I did not stop in front of a pretty canal, but I had to take a selfie or two. You know, memories and stuff.
The NEMO Science Museum was right next to the National Maritime one so I wanted to have a quick look. The building looks so cool from outside and as you get closer you realize it’s really busy inside. I am not sure what the big fuss is, but the place seemed to be crowded with kids. CROWDED!!! I did not have the patience (or time) to put up with that so I quickly found my way out.
Last but not least, while I was in Dam Square the other days I noticed these Hot Dog vans. They seemed to be quite popular, so I decided to check them out too. The hot dog was good, affordable but there was nothing mind-blowing about it. Just a cheap and quick lunch alternative.
I headed back to my hotel to pick up my luggage and then I went straight to the airport. Sadly my last day in Amsterdam and the whole trip came to an end… So let’s see how I feel about this gorgeous city, shall we?
I loved Amsterdam, but I did not fall in love with it like I did with Dubai. It is a gorgeous city and there are so many things to see and do. Yes, apart from coffee shops. The architecture is beautiful. The flowers on the streets and on the bridges over the canals make Amsterdam colorful and vibrant. It’s really busy and I loved it. But by no means do I see myself living there. (Jeez, I drive a BMW… if I had to deal with all of these bikes on MY STREETS everyday I would probably go insane). But it’s definitely worth a visit!
It’s also expensive, a lot more expensive than London. But there’s something for everyone. Fun, night life, culture, history, impressive buildings and beautiful canal views. On my last day I couldn’t help but think that in 3 and a half day I barely even scratched the surface of what Amsterdam has to offer, even if I was out from early morning until late at night. So yeah, if you’ve always dreamt about visiting Holland, I would say that Amsterdam is a must see. You will not regret it!
And that about sums up my last day and my trip to Amsterdam.
Have you ever been to the Netherlands? Would you like to visit Amsterdam? What is the best city break you’ve ever had?
I was also vlogging during my trip, so if you’d like to see everything I talked about in a video then check out the YouTube clip below!
More blog posts from Amsterdam:
Exploring Amsterdam & Swinging Over The Edge @ A’Dam Lookout | Amsterdam Day 1
Madame Tussauds, Canal Cruise, Red Light District & More! | Amsterdam Day 2
Museum Hopping! | Amsterdam Day 3
Until next time…