Amsterdam: August 2016 & How To Go On A Budget

As you may know if you follow me on any other social media, Joe and I went to Amsterdam early last month for 5 days. While we were only there for a short amount of time, I really felt like I knew the city when we left and I’d got my holiday fix. If you’re into museums and all that cultural stuff, I’d really highly recommend it. Just to give you a bit of an idea of the city, I thought I’d put some of my fave shots from the holiday into a blog post.

Before I get onto that, though, I thought I’d have a chat about how Joe and I did the holiday on a budget. As one of us is a student and the other is saving for a car, we were looking for the absolute cheapest way of doing things! After lots of research we decided on flying (£80 return each) and staying in Mercure City Hotel (£175 each for 4 nights) which was about 15 minutes on the metro from the central station. (Top tip: book on booking.com as you get free cancellations up until the day you get there!)

We found the cheapest way to get around (for a 5-day trip) was to buy a GVB €17 3-day ticket and then a €12.50 2-day ticket which allows you unlimited travel on all public transport. There is of course the option of bikes too, although they’re pretty pricey to hire for the day so I’d stay away if you’re on a budget like we were. We also invested in a €60 ‘museum caart’ which got us into every single one of the museums we wanted to go to (it includes almost every one and you can use it elsewhere in the Netherlands), so that was definitely worth doing. We saved a bit of cash and it avoids the hassle of putting money aside and going through the tills etc.

Enough of all the boring stuff now! Onto the pictures…

Exploring the city
Our view at dinner – this was at a restaurant next to Rembrandt’s House
Shops like this are EVERYWHERE!
Waiting for the metro at Overamstel – 5 minutes from our hotel
The Royal Palace
Inside the Palace
Vegabond: an amazing vegan shop!
Being tourists at the iAmsterdam sign in Museumplein
Moco Museum – I went here for a Banksy/Warhol exhibition

Vondelpark – you could spend hours wandering around here. We found a lovely cafe with swing seats to have lunch on the day we left.

We also went to the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Oude Kerk (Old Church – the oldest building in the city) which I didn’t take pictures at but would really recommend too. Be prepared for hours of queuing at the Anne Frank house but it’s totally worth it. Ask any questions about the trip and I’ll be happy to help, I had such a great time for not much money so it’s a trip I’d tell everyone to do.  

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