Amsterdam is an interesting city. One of the most unique European cities I have visited (and I’ve seen a few). Aside from it’s growing popularity for hen and stag do’s, birthday parties and other group celebrations, there is more to the city than sex, drugs and partying.
In this post I will take you through our day excursion to Amsterdam as part of the P&O ferry mini cruise from hull to Rotterdam. Even in only 6 hours, there’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city.
Arriving into Rotterdam
The P and O ferry docks into Rotterdam at 9am on a weekend day, and 8am during the week. As we docked on a Saturday morning, it was 9:30am once we had cleared passport control.
There are many coaches lined up outside the ferry terminal, 2 for Rotterdam and around 6 for Amsterdam (you can see which excursion is the more popular!) The coach leaves for Amsterdam at 10am and takes 1 hour to arrive. We were dropped at Amsterdam central - the transport hub of the city.
The sex museum
Amsterdam has a very long history surrounding sex and prostitution. Today, prostitution is still legal and very much in business in the red light district. To see the history of sex and prostitution in the city, the sex museum is a must visit. Besides the giggling and obscenities that you may discover on the museum tour, it’s actually really interesting to uncover the truths about why the sex trade is so popular not only in Amsterdam, but across Europe and other countries. Be aware if you are a bit prudish (like me!) this museum may get to be a bit much after an hour of being in there AND the bondage room might just make you feel a bit iffy.
The sex museum will cost you 5€ each and is only payable in cash.
Dam Square is the centre of Amsterdam main area. Here are lavish brassiere’s and bars, high end stores such as Gucci and Prada, but best of all the ‘pigeon man’ who will charge you €1.50 to have a photo of him covered in pigeons and pigeon poop. I don’t know what his story is - but the birds love him!
Amsterdam RoYal PalaCe
For me, this was the best part of my visit to Amsterdam. I’m a bit of a geek for history and historic architecture and the palace did not disappoint. The audio tour is free (after you’ve paid the entry fee of 10€ per person!) and is well worth it. There is one large main hall which is top-to-bottom marble with the grandest chandeliers I’ve ever seen. Total home goals!
The audio tour will take you around each of the 12 (from memory!) rooms and fill you in on the history of each room and what it was / still is used for. Definitely give this a whizz if you’re in Amsterdam and you appreciate good home interiors. This was the most interesting part of the trip for me.
Sweetella - The Nutella HoUse
I knew Holland in general was famous for crepes, waffles and all things sweet and stodgy. So, when in Amsterdam - we had to try one! We stumbled upon this place, and was instantly impressed. If you are a Nutella fan, you have to visit here. The buckets piled high all over the cafe gives away exactly what they are best at - all variations of Nutella crepes, waffles, doughnuts... if you can put Nutella with it - sweetella will do it. Just be warned that you may experience a sugar come down later on in the day! Worth it tho’
Watch my Amsterdam Vlog to see what we got up to!