My flight Nice-Manila via KLM the other day had me stopping over in Amsterdam for five hours. Instead of sitting bored at Schiphol airport, I decided to take the train to the city for few hours of sightseeing.
Now I would like to share with you how to see Amsterdam in 3 hours, for only 13.20 euros.
From the airport, I bought a return train ticket to Amsterdam Centraal at 7,60euros. The 20-minute ride took me to the center of the city where I could have just walked around easily, but I opted to buy a tram ticket (2.60euros) hoping that I could get farther and see more. Realizing that most of the interesting sights can be seen by foot, I got out at the Dam Stop and started walking along the canal with my backpack and camera.
At midday, I was getting hungry but didn’t feel like splurging on a meal so I bought a hotdog sandwich in Dam Square which came with a large selection of sauces and add-ons, like toasted bacon, salad and I thought, for just 3 euros, it was a giveaway!
I continued exploring the little alleys until I reached the zone of sex shops, hemp seed shops, all sounding seedy and suspicious but actually teeming with tourists of all sexes, taking shots of the gadgets on display.
Two hours to my flight, I went back to the train station and conditioned myself for the marathon run I was about to do at the airport in search of my gate!
Now I am contented to have seen Amsterdam again which I first visited ten years ago, had my memory cards filled with photos of bikes, of people, of shop facades, but most of all, I got the walking exercise I needed before my 12-hour journey to Manila.
Photos of Amsterdam
The neo-gothic Magna Plaza Shopping Centre. The former main post office building was transformed into a shopping centre in 1992.
The Singel canal which encircled the city in the Middle Ages is now the inner-most canal in Amsterdam’s semicircular ring of canals.
Statue of Multatuli on a square over the Singel canal in Amsterdam
According to Wikipedia, Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, “I have suffered much”), is the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), who was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860) in which he denounced the abuses of colonialism in the colony of the Dutch East Indies (today’s Indonesia).
Very conspicuous atop building facades are these protruding structures fitted with pulleys and hooks. They are for transporting furnitures into or out of the narrow building as moving them through the stairs are almost impossible.
At Dam Square, this looks like a protest against the brutal killing of animals just to take their fur
They were doing some renovation works infront of the Central Station and this art board is just a portion of a long one used to cover the messy building work.
Another “renovation works” cover along Damrak Avenue
The bikes of Amsterdam
How to park your bike in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Centraal Station in the background
What to do in Amsterdam