Amsterdam Favorites 🇳🇱

Top Five To Do in Amsterdam

  1. Stromma Dinner Cruise
  2. Xtracold Icebar
  3. Try DE NACHTWACHT’S
  4. Diamond museum
  5. Tulip museum

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My first time visiting Amsterdam was earlier this spring, I really enjoyed it. I was surprised with how nicely the city was laid out, and how easy it was to find the attractions that I wanted to see while I was there. I purchased an I Amsterdam city card that allowed access to all the public transport and many museums and attractions. It was very easy to walk around or take the public transportation of trams, buses, and metro. Also, the spring weather was amazing with all the tulips in bloom. It would often be hot and sunny during the day, and then a little cool at night. The things I enjoyed doing were the Stromma dinner cruise, Xtracold Icebar, Diamond Museum, Tulip Museum, and finally eating at DE NACHTWACHT’S. First, the Stromma dinner cruise is a fantastic way to see the city of Amsterdam at night. The cruise lasts a total of 2 ½ hours giving customers the opportunity to enjoy some of Amsterdam’s famous attractions from the canal while enjoying a four-course meal including drinks. Some of the attractions we viewed included the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk Church, A’DAM LOOKOUT Tower, Maritime Museum, and the Nemo Science Museum. Secondly, a fun evening in Amsterdam was visiting the XtraCold Icebar. The icebar is an attraction that requires entry by reservations. When first entering the bar, customers will be given three tokens each. Two of the tokens are used for two free drinks inside the icebar itself, and the other is used for a complimentary drink in the lounge bar. Customers are given thermal coats and gloves when entering the ice bar to help keep warm since the temperature is -5 °C. When entering the icebar, customers are mesmerized by the ice room that is lit up in colorful lights. In fact, the mug was even made out of ice. It first looked like a frosty mug that was placed in the freezer, but it was actually an ice shaped mug. Gassan Diamond Factory and Museum is a jewelry store in Amsterdam that offers free tours of the factory. During the tour, customers learn all about the facets of grinding the diamond, as well as the history behind the diamonds. We also learn is the four C’s of a diamond. These include cut, color, carat, and clarity. They have their own patent on the Gassan 121 diamond cut that has 121 cuts in the stone allowing more light to pass through the stone giving the stone a brilliant and beautiful sparkle. Next, if you love tulips as much as I do, then the tulip museum is a must. The tulip museum is a great place to learn about the history of tulips. It is also a great place to take kids, especially with all of the different color tulips. The total time it takes to go through the museum is about 30-60 minutes. Also, I always thought tulips were native to Holland, but instead they are native to Central Asia. Finally, DE NACHTWACHT is a steakhouse in Amsterdam located within a four-minute walk from the Xtracold Icebar. It is the best steakhouse in Amsterdam. They also have a variety of seating throughout the dining room, the bar, and the outside patio. The food is a little expensive, but very fresh, which makes it truly worth it. The staff was very well trained, and they take very good care of their customers. I look forward to going back someday! Here is the link to the I Amsterdam city card: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/i-am/i-amsterdam-city-card

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DE NACHTWACHT (Amsterdam) 🇳🇱

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DE NACHTWACHT is a steakhouse in Amsterdam located within a four minute walk from the Xtracold Icebar. It is the best steakhouse in Amsterdam. They offer a variety of food giving customers the option to pick from different types of meat including chicken, lamb, steak, and salmon. When customers walk in, they will find a variety of seating throughout the dining room, bar, and outside patio. The food was very delicious from start to finish. A few of my favorites included the Dutch shrimp cocktail, mixed grill, and the cheesecake with raspberry ice cream. YUM!!!!! One of the things customers will find is the food is a little expensive, but very fresh, which makes it definitely worth it. The staff was very well trained and they take very good care of their customers. Finally, customers who go to DE NACHTWACHT will find the atmosphere very relaxing in both the dining room and the bar, and full of activity outside on the patio.Oh, and before I forget, a fun fact that I learned which I thought I’d share with you all is DE NACHTWACHT is the Dutch version for night watch. If you are interested in checking out DE NACHTWACHTonline, click here: http://de-nachtwacht.nl/index.php?lang=EN

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Stromma Dinner Cruise in Amsterdam

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An amazing way to see the city of Amsterdam at night is taking a dinner cruise. Customers can choose between two different cruise lines which include Lovers Canal Cruises and Stromma Canal Tours. Lovers Canal Cruises is a little more expensive than the Stromma Canal Tours. I went on the Stromma cruise, which lasted 2 ½ hours giving customers the opportunity to enjoy Amsterdam’s famous attractions from the canal, while enjoying a four-course meal including drinks. The food that was served was very delicious from start to finish. The appetizers, second course, and dessert were all a set menu except the main course, which customers were allowed to choose between veal, salmon, or vegetable lasagna. For my main meal, I enjoyed the veal served with a potato and bok choy. I enjoyed the variety selection of desserts that included light and airy vanilla curds served with rhubarb, chocolate mousse, and a macaroon. Some of the attractions we passed on the tour included the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk Church, A’DAM LOOKOUT Tower, Maritime Museum, and the Nemo Science Museum. The atmosphere was very calming and romantic with candlelight in the background and the rope lighting on the arched bridges. I didn’t like that the tables were crammed up next to each other on the cruise because I felt like I was eating with another couple. The customers didn’t have any privacy to talk to their loved ones, especially when the neighboring table would overhear our conversation and interrupt or join into the conversation uninvited. I would definitely do the dinner cruise again the next time I visit Amsterdam.  I have also included the links to the Lover’s dinner cruise and the Stromma dinner cruise if any of you are interested in enjoying an evening dinner cruise on the canal in Amsterdam.

Stromma: https://www.stromma.nl/amsterdam/dining-cruises/rondvaart-diner/amsterdam-dinner-cruise/

Lovers Canal Cruise: https://www.lovers.nl

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XtraCold Icebar in Amsterdam

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A fun evening in Amsterdam was visiting the XtraCold Ice Bar. Inside the bar has a cold room, which is covered in ice. When first entering the bar, they gave us three tokens each. Two of the tokens are used for two free drinks inside the icebar itself, and the other is used for a complementary drink in the lounge bar. Customers are given thermal coats and gloves when entering the ice bar to help keep warm, since the temperature is -5 °C.It sure was cold! BURRR!!!!! Customers are mesmerized by the ice room that is lit up in colorful lights. In fact, the mug was even made out of ice. It first looked like a frosty mug that was placed in the freezer, but it was actually an ice shaped mug. I must have hugged my mug to tight because unfortunately my mug started melting too quickly and my drink started leaking out of the bottom of the mug. The bartender was great and replaced my drink with a new frosty ice mug. The two drink options in the ice bar were beer and a variety of flavored vodka shots such as whipped cream and nuts & nougat that tasted like Nutella. They had orange juice for non-drinkers and those that prefer a screwdriver! Following our two drinks and lots of pictures in the ice bar, we hung out to use our last token for another drink in the lounge, which had a full bar. The XtraCold Ice Bar requires customers to have a reservation, so make plans in advance. I have also included the link down below if any of you are interested.

XTRACold Icebar: http://www.xtracold.com

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