Anyone who studies abroad (or is doing a Eurotrip) has to visit Amsterdam! It is such a beautiful city, absolutely nothing like it. The canals are lined with beautiful, Renaissance-style houses and storefronts – which I love. I could walk the neighborhoods from hours just admiring the buildings. Something about the packed “high-rises” and bike-friendly culture make the place feel incredibly cozy and welcoming. It feels homey to natives and tourists alike.
The weekend I spent in Amsterdam when I was studying abroad was packed with activities to do and places to see. We pre-purchased Holland passes so it was unbelievably easy to be a tourist. We had access to museums (including Van Gogh’s), canal cruises and tours, discounts at restaurants, and we even enjoyed a cheese tasting!
One of my favorite parts about the trip had to be the food (of course). An acquaintance had recommended the Pancake Bakery and we were extremely glad she did. The restaurant was indiscernibly tucked away on the basement floor of a building, but busy with two big groups waiting outside to be seated when we arrived. Thankfully, we were able to sit down quickly and we ordered the “Sweet American” pancakes and “Autumn Special” poffertjes – so good. Another must-try are fresh stroopwafels… The warm caramel between two soft waffle-cookies is out of this world!
My biggest regret was not pre-booking entrance to the Anne Frank’s house. I’m already making plans to visit the next time I return!