We ended up having the bulk of our trip in Amsterdam and we also loved it the most out of our entire trip. This place is seriously so beautiful, clean and has great things to do even for 6 days!
Where to Stay:
We could rant and rage about how much we loved our Amsterdam hotel, so we’ll do just that. We stayed at the Ibis Amsterdam Airport Hotel for all 6 days we were there. They have an airport shuttle (yay) and we also found out that the huge train station is right below the airport (we’ll talk more about this below). This hotel was huge and had 4 full-service restaurants inside on all varying floors, which came in handy when we were starving and couldn’t find anything to eat. It was only about $500 to stay here for the 6 days too, which wasn’t bad considering the other options. We fully recommend staying here, especially for the ease of transportation. Which leads us to…
Our primary reasoning for even coming to Europe in the first place was VidCon Europe! This was being held at the Rai Convention Center (about 10 minutes away from the airport). Because the train station was also in the middle of the airport, we used the free airport shuttle, bought the 3-day train pass, and got to go anywhere in Amsterdam for only about 25 euros each.
*Tip: Stroopwafels are the big deal here - so definitely get one (or a dozen)!
What to Do:
Definitely take a day (at least) and go through the main part of Amsterdam - City Centraal. This is where the canals are, the best shopping is, the fair is (when the weather is good), and many restaurants, museums and tours. Our favorite thing was the canal trip through all of the big things Amsterdam is known for. For the 2 of us in the boat + admission/free drinks to the Ice Bar it was only about 75 euros. If you have any other museums or restaurants you'd like to try, we suggest using the discounts the canal tour gives you. We got to go to the Ice Bar as well!
*Tip: The canals make the city very windy, so bring a hat for when you're walking around.
The city has endless things to do on any night in any season! We for sure recommend checking out the Red Light District just to people watch! It's so fun to snag a beer and walk around.
Vondelpark is near the Heineken Experience tours (need to do that next time!) and near really good shopping! We scoped out this park and took lots of pictures and video. It's so beautiful!
*Tip: If you have extra time, definitely rent bikes and experience the city that way just like a local! We didn't have much time for that, since we were mainly there for VidCon Europe - but it's a great option for transportation too!
Check out our Europe Travel Diary if you want to see more from our trip!
Sarah & Rachel