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Long Weekend in Amsterdam

May 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
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We delved in to the British Airways winter sale in early January and booked ourselves a long weekend in Amsterdam. Follow the links above to view photos from this trip. Iamsterdam at the RijksmuseumIamsterdam at the RijksmuseumTourists gather around the Iamsterdam sculpture at the Rijksmuseum

Stay

Hotel EsthereaHotel EsthereaA charming 4* boutique hotel in central Amsterdam We spent 2 nights at the Hotel Estherea, in the canal ring of central Amsterdam. We hadn't appreciated it at the time of booking, but from here, all of the major sights are in walking distance, including Anne Frank's House, Dam Square, the Museum Quarter and Vondelpark.

The Estherea is a quaint, 4 star boutique hotel, situated on the Singel Canal, just a stone's throw from Dam Square. It has 93 individually decorated rooms and a feeling of antique charm emanates throughout. We chose a deluxe room with a street view (as opposed to a canal view). While traffic noise was noticeable on this side of the building, it did not disturb us, and the jacuzzi bath in the en-suite more than made up for any road noise!

Breakfasts were well catered for at the Estherea, consisting of a self-service buffet including the usual cooked fayre, cereals, fruit, bread, pastries, tea and coffee and even cake!

Tea, coffee and biscuits were also provided free of charge throughout the day in the hotel's lobby, which was a nice touch, although there were no tea/coffee facilities in the rooms.

 

Visit

  • Rijksmuseum GardensRijksmuseum GardensThe Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam. The Dutch national museum dedicated the arts and history has newly reopened following a decade of refurbishment, and the architecture is impressive. Be prepared to queue for entry, even if you have pre-booked tickets in advance. 
  • Vondelpark, central Amsterdam. The city's largest park, the Vondelpark is popular with dogwalkers, cyclists, joggers and of course tourists. Unfortunately, the roller-skate rental shop I was keen to try out is no longer in existence but there is a choice of cafes serving hot drinks which made a welcome stop for us on a chilly February afternoon.
  • Anne Frank House, Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam. I would advise to pre-book your tickets in advance via the website for this attraction, as the queues for tickets can grow long during the day. The house has been lovingly restored to show exhibitions of Anne and her family's life and is well worth a visit.
  • Canalside Walks in central Amsterdam. One of the most pleasant (and free) things to do in Amsterdam is simply to wander the narrow streets and follow the canals, soaking up the atmosphere. It's incredibly hard to get lost in this city, as no matter which narrow lane you venture down, you're sure to end up coming back to one of the main streets that you recognise!

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