In my mind, Amsterdam is a small city and quite repetitive in what it has to offer. I can easily walk from one place to the other and keep an overview of where I`m standing.
However, today I have been confronted with the situation of introducing the city to someone who has never been here before and who only had 6 hours to see what Amsterdam is about.
It was nevertheless easy to decide upon the starting point and the place for brunch: Westerpark area and its forever crowded De Bakkerswinkel. But what next?
Entrepotdok, the Eastern Docklands or maybe De Pijp? What about De Jordaan and the 9 Straatjes? But Amstel area is also very nice to show… And there is a nice Christmas Market throughout the Damrak and they have warm stroopwafels out there. But shouldn`t we go to Brecht instead?? Or better to Oud Zuid to see the nice mansions and Vondelpark?
And this is how I realized that Amsterdam is not so small after all and that there are some healthy variations, as well.
Keeping into account the wishes of my guest and thus adding Museumplein and the Red Light District to the list, this is how our 6 hour itinerary looked like. And I must say we did not take photos of everything we saw, of course.
A small recap: Central Station – Nieuwmarkt – Westerpark (De Bakkerswinkel) – Jordaan – 9 Straatjes – Het Spui – Museumplein – Christmas Market on the Damrak (warm stroopwafel!) – Dam Square – Red Light District – a warm tea at home and back to Schiphol!
Have I mentioned my guest was just coming from an 8 hour flight across the Atlantic ocean and was bound to another 3 hour flight right after this Amsterdam city tour?
The verdict: “Amsterdam is a nice city and I could live here for a Summer or so.” She also loved De Bakkerwinkel, but I guess this comes as no surprise!
I can say I feel quite satisfied for having passed the Amsterdam crush to some other person in just 6 hours! 🙂