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Amsterdam, Day 2 | Madame Tussauds, Canal Cruise, Red Light District & More!

On my second day in Amsterdam I woke up bright and early. Yeah, I was quite tired after traveling on my first day and walking around the city. But I was also excited to see more of this gorgeous place. I quickly put on a full face of makeup and a casual dress and I was out the door. A few days before my trip I bought combo tickets for Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Dungeon and a canal cruise, so I figured I might as well do them all in one day.

Since they didn’t serve breakfast at my hotel, I decided to head for Dam Square once again. I figured I can grab something to eat and then go see Madame Tussauds.


I stopped at the ‘t Nieuwe Kafé in Dam Square and I had a delicious chicken, bacon and fried egg sandwich. The reason why I chose this café is mainly because it seemed to be a great spot to do some people watching while enjoying breakfast. Also, Madame Tussauds was right across the square, so I could head there right after I’d finish eating.



Okay, my belly is full, time to see some wax celebrities. But first, look at these cute horses!


If you’ve ever been to Madame Tussauds before then you probably know what it’s all about. Wax mannequins that look so much like real persons, it’s crazy!





It’s also a great opportunity for regular people like me to take a picture/selfie with celebrities Kim K, Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson. The chances I have of meeting some of these people in real life are really low (especially since some of them passed away), so their wax imitation will do for now.





And hey, check out this view of the Royal Palace, Old Church and Dam Square from the top level of Madame Tussauds. Not too bad!


Okay, I finished taking selfies with mannequins, now it’s time to head for the Amsterdam Dungeon. But first, time for a waffle! I love waffles! I found a random café right next to the Madame Tussauds exit and I just had to stop and eat my favorite dessert. Lemme tell you, that mango ice cream… yaaas honey!


Alright, time to go to the Amsterdam Dungeon. They don’t allow taking pictures inside, but I think it was quite fun. I’d even go ahead and say it is more entertaining than the London Dungeon. If you have discount tickets, go ahead and give it a try. You won’t be learning too much about their history or whatever, but it’s amusing.


I was on my way to go see the Torture Museum, but I read about this café on the top of a shopping complex. I love anything that has to do with rooftops. And also, I cannot say no to coffee. So I had to stop there and check it out. The view was pretty and the cappuccino was good. I guess I am happy that roaming charges are down and I can use my Internet & Google Maps everywhere to find out about cool spots!




The Torture Museum was interesting I guess. Truth be told, I imagined using some of these tools on some of my colleagues, ha!  I decided to head towards Rijksmuseum (Art Museum), but first I had to stop around and take a few pictures of the cool architecture. And of course, a selfie!





Errr, it turns out that I’ve been dragging it all day and by the time I got to Rijksmuseum it was 4.45 pm. It closes at 5, which meant I wouldn’t have enough time to visit it. I checked the nearby attractions quickly and I saw that Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum were still open, so I decided to check them out instead.



Both museums were really interesting and fascinating. I don’t know much about art, but I can appreciate it. I think. Okay, I can at least be left awe struck when looking at some paintings. There you go.




After I finished seeing the Van Gogh Museum I wanted to take a picture in front of the iAmsterdam sign. I’m not sure what’s the big hype about this sign, but boy oh boy it was so busy! I couldn’t really take a proper selfie in front of it, but hey, I can’t complain about that.




Time for a change of clothes, it was getting chilly! My hotel was relatively close to the Amsterdam Central Station, which is where I needed to go for the canal cruise tour. They call it Lovers’ Canal Cruises (no idea why) and to my surprise, the tour lasted 1 hour. I say surprise because given the price I paid for it when I got my combo/saver tickets, I was expecting something like 10-15 minutes.


The canal cruise was awesome! It was lovely seeing Amsterdam from a different angle. Again, I couldn’t help but think how pretty this city is.





When I finished with my canal cruise I was trying to decide between having dinner or going to the Red Light District. But then I saw that the Sex Museum was only a 5-minute walk away, so I decided to check it out. I would say it was rather fun than sexual, but hey I can’t complain about having a laugh!


Okay, time to head towards Red Light District. Check out this fun shop I spotted just a couple streets away! No, I didn’t get in, but it caught my eye and I found it funny.


Yay, I made it to the Red Light District! The main street along the canal is actually pretty normal, with restaurants, pubs and cafés alongside. It’s the alleys between the streets where the fun is at! I stopped to have a chicken wrap for dinner (because you know, I’ve been trying to lose 5 kg since last December) and then I went on exploring a little.


While I was there I figured I should go see the Red Light Secrets, a.k.a. the Prostitution Museum. And you know what, it was rather informative. And of course, I couldn’t resist taking a picture in front of a window too, haha.



The Erotic Museum was pretty much next to Red Light Secrets, so I had a look there as well. Not as impressive, but hey if you have a sense of humor you might enjoy it.


I walked around Red Light District for a bit longer and when it started pissing down rain I decided to call it a night.

And that sums up my 2nd day in Amsterdam.

Also, I was vlogging! So if you’d like to see more of everything I just talked about then check out the YouTube video below 🙂

 

Would you like to see more travel blog posts from Amsterdam? Check them out!
Exploring Amsterdam & Swinging Over The Edge at A’Dam Lookout | Amsterdam Day 1
Museum Hopping! | Amsterdam Day 3
Last Day & Final Thoughts | Amsterdam Day 4

 

Until next time…
xoxo,
Denisa

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