The choice to fly to Amsterdam was completely spontaneus. Do we fly? Sure! And in a couple of minutes the tickets were already bought. Even though Amsterdam wasn’t really on the top of the list of the dream places to visit, soon after landing I already knew that it will jump into the list of my favorite cities! First travel to Amsterdam made me want to visit it again – the sooner the better. Their architecture amazed me completely. Thin, high houses, all stacked in the rows; big, open windows, lots of sun and interiors taken straight from the catalogues – it lookes like a mixture of Scandinavian and Dutch style. All of it combined created an amazing effect. I liked it so much, that I want to bring those ideas into my own apartment.
Canals of Amsterdam create the well known look
First thought of Amsterdam is usually about the local canals. You will probably also know this view if you’re familiar with the book and movie “The Fault in Our Stars”. The action takes place partly in Amsterdam. You can even spot the film locations in the city and the famous, green bench – which came back to the place after being… stolen. 🙂
With just a bit of the sun, canals in Amsterdam looked truly magical.
Why the buildings in Amsterdam are crooked?
The beautiful architecture of Amsterdam has its secrets. Most of all – the buildings are crooked and it’s easy to spot it. Or rather, it’s hard not to see it! The facades aren’t even, sometimes even the windows are crooked, and the buildings itself are a bit leaning to the front. Why? Well, some of them are just built incorectly. There are even special companies specializing in fitting windows and doors to them. But the facades have their function too. Almost every building has a special hook on the top, which allows you to hang a line on it and… bring some furnitures and big objects inside through the windows to the higher floors. Big objects wouldn’t fit to the small doors otherwise. The facade helps with bringing them up without damaging other windows. Clever!
Amsterdam has one of the biggest airports in Europe – Schiphol
Some sources say that the airport in Amsterdam is third in Europe when it comes to the size (right after Paris). Some say that Amsterdam’s is the first one. No matter of the answer, the travel from Vienna to Amsterdam takes a bit more than an hour and the airport itself is truly huge. You’ll find there cafes, shops, restaurants and bookstore. Waiting for a connection flight in a place like this isn’t a problem.
Travel to Amsterdam in Autumn
There’s a common misconception that it’s always best to travel during summer. But Autumn and Winter are charming as well. Especially that around the Christmas time, buildings are decorated with the lovely lights. In the evenings it looks truly special. During the sunny days even the lack of green colors on the trees wasn’t bothering us, because we enjoyed looking at the beautiful sights either way. The only disadvantage was the weather in Amsterdam, which kept changing continuously. Once it was sunny, and once it was raining so much, that it left us completely soaked.
Is Amsterdam expensive?
Hard to say. Comparing the Amsterdam’s prices to the Polish ones, I can say that it’s much more expensive. But comparing Austrian’s prices, the difference wasn’t that scary. It was maybe 10% more, depending on the products and places. In Netherlands we also used Euro currency.
Prices for breakfast in the nice cafe were about 10-15 euros. A dinner in a middle-class restaurant about 15-20 euros. Ticket in the public transportation (bus, 1h) was for 2,90euros. Prices for the hotels in the city center are obviously quite high. We decided to rent a part of the Dutch house (ground floor with the garden access), which costed about 100euros per night.
In which language it’s easiest to communicate in Amsterdam?
Answer is simple: English! It’s a truly international city and you could hear English everywhere: restaurant, stores, etc. You get English menu automatically, and even buying the tickets in the buses wasn’t a problem. For those who know also German, Dutch may seem familiar (especially written), because it’s like a mixture of English and German.
Anyone of you planning to go to Amsterdam? Or you’ve already been? What’s your opinion about this place?