A few days in Amsterdam! A mini travel guide

Hey guys! As you may have seen from my Instagram, Aaron and I recently went to Amsterdam for a few days, and I thought I would give you a little overview of some of the things we got up to.

We stayed in the XO Hotels Park West hotel in Sloterdijk, which was such a lovely hotel. The staff were really friendly and the room was really clean and spacious, and because it wasn’t in the centre it was a really good price.

On day 1 we visited the Sex museum which is located near Centraal Station. This only cost around 5 Euros each and it was so worth it. It was very hard to be serious in this place as there were literally penises everywhere! Including a giant willy seat that I just had to get a photo on. They had images, moving figures doing naughty things, the whole lot. Brilliant!

We also visited the Red Light Secrets – Museum of prostitution, which is located around the red light district along the canal. This costs 12.50 each (as we had a discount voucher) and was really interesting. At the entrance we were given a headset to listen to as we walked round, which was a real prostitute called Inga answering questions and telling her story. They had set up examples of the rooms they’d typically use and behind the scenes of a regular day in the life. Really worth the money!

In the afternoon we visited the Heineken experience which is only a short tram ride from the centre. This was 19 Euros each and included a self guided tour around the brewery and 3 half pints, which actually tasted quite nice (I’m not really a beer person). There were lots of interactive parts and at the end there is a bar where you hand your tokens in for your free drinks. A really good afternoon!

Onto day 2, and we started off with the Lovers canal cruise. There were so many different companies doing these tours, but we had discount vouchers for this one and it actually looked the most welcoming out of them all. It was a 1 hour cruise along the canals, with a headset that explained the sites we passed and some of the history of Amsterdam. I definitely recommend doing this as it was really interesting and well worth the money (16 each).

In the afternoon it started raining, so we decided to visit Madame Tussauds, which I will admit was very pricey for the amount of time we were actually in there. We managed to get some photos with some celebs (haha), and it kept us busy for the afternoon.


For dinner we discovered the most amazing burger place that I just had to mention! It was just along the little high street of shops, and was called BurgerFabriek express. I had the veggie burger which was a giant fried mushroom with salad, courgettes and sauce, and honestly it was the best thing I’ve ever tried. Aaron had a beef burger which he said was equally as amazing. We also had some chips which were so tasty, and cheese sauce which tasting just like melted burger cheese! I highly recommend this place if you’re into your burgers. Their milkshakes were also incredible!

In the evening we ventured into the red light district and had a look round the windows – just to say we’d seen it really! It’s kind of bizarre – everyone’s going about their daily business and there’s half naked girls in the windows beckoning to come over, and it was fun to watch the men disappearing into the windows on occasion!

That’s everything we got up to in Amsterdam! I hope we get to go back soon and do the things we missed because of the weather, such as the zoo and the tulip parks.

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If so, what did you get up to?

Until next time.





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  1. I’ve never been to Amsterdam but it is high on my travel wish list. The sex museum and red light museum sound very interesting, and great value for money. I love the look of the canals in Amsterdam and would love to do a canal boat trip if / when I make it over there. I’d also love to visit the Van Gogh museum.

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  2. Amsterdam has been on my list forever! I really must go. The first photo of you with the erm…willy cracked me up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Rhianna x


  3. I love how bizarre Amsterdam is! I’d heard of the sex museum but not the prostitution museum so will definitely be checking that out!


  4. Interesting post I enjoyed reading it & it sounds like you had a fab time. I’m torn over Amsterdam – on one hand it looks beautiful & id like to visit the Anne Frank House. However I’m kinda PG lol so that more explicit side of it wouldn’t be my kind of thing haha xxx


  5. I love Amsterdam! What was your overall favourite part? I visited a peep show last time I went, I wrote about it on my blog


  6. Terrific post! I posted about a trip I took there more than a decade ago, and among the highlights: saw one of the last remaining windmills in the city, ate french fries out of a cone with fresh mayonaosie ( the only way) ands how strangely “normal” the red light district is during the day…a unique city to be sure – you posted great pictures, bravo!


  7. Great Post. Short but sweet snd so informative. We went to Amsterdam almost 2 years ago and my boyfriend got ill so didnt do everything we wanted too. Going back in August though so will definitely visit the sex museum and do the canal cruise. Thanks for the recommendations πŸ’•


  8. Looks like you had a fabulous time which is always nice to see. I’ve never really considered going to Amsterdam but your trip looked great. I love how there’s so many different attractions there which makes it more unique than other cities! I might have to add this one to the bucket list, thank you for making this post so informative as it’ll be a good reference point for anyone who’s wanting to visit!
    Alex x


  9. I’ve seen so many people going to Amsterdam recently and I’m so jealous! The canal cruise sounds good so I’d give that a go if I went, and the sex museum is a must just for a laugh! The main reason I want to go there though is for the Van Gogh museum.


  10. I have never been to Amsterdam but nearly all my friends have! They said its beautiful. A few have accidently ended up walking down the wrong streets! Haha thank you for sharing with us.


  11. We’ve never been, but it’s definitely a location that’s on my personal bucket list. I would love to check out the museums you listed, and as a craft beer blogger my husband would be all over visiting a brewery lol


  12. Wow the Sex Museum is not too expensive! I am going to London and Paris with my husband next month. We wanted to squeeze in a trip to Amsterdam but we don’t have enough time.

    Hannah the Mad Dog


  13. Sounds like a great trip! I lived in Amsterdam for six months when I studied abroad there and it’s really such a magical city. I hope you have a chance to go back and explore more. Tulip season is magical, Museumplein is awesome if you’re into art, and the Anne Frank House is a really important visit. There’s also so many more great eats (though I’m noting that burger place for my next visit!) like Dutch pancakes and Indonesian rice tables. And so many beautiful neighbourhoods to walk through, like the nine streets. Ah, you’ve got me craving another trip!


  14. I’ve never been to Amsterdam but would really like to – especially after reading your post! The canals look so beautiful. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to go soon!


  15. This sounds like a great mini-vacation! I love Amsterdam and definitely want to go back someday. Thanks for sharing!


  16. I’ve got a lot of unfinished business in Amsterdam. I went for a few days with my sports team when I was at Uni and had a lot of unforgettable memories but there was still a lot that I wanted to do before reading. A ride on the canals past the canal houses being one of them. Hopefully covid cases don’t rise over there and the Netherlands doesnt get taken off the UK travel corridor list.:)

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


  17. I’m in love with Amsterdam! Every time I go there’s something new to be discovered! I’ve not been to Burgerfabriek, but I would love to give it a try! Thank you for posting about your break 😊


  18. Great ideas and a great time in Amsterdam. I’ve been a number of times (posts on my blog). You can’t go wrong. Look forward to getting back to Amsterdam in the not too distant future. Thanks for sharing


  19. Been to Amsterdam a few times but your post has given me more ideas for when I next decide to go!




  20. I loved the Sex Museum, so much so I have visited on both my trips to Amsterdam! I found it hilarious! Amsterdam is one of my favourite mini city breaks, its such a fab chilled place!


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