We were pretty excited as for first time we had booked a small studio apartment in the heart of Amsterdam city along the Amstel river.
We reached in 25 min from Amsterdam airport to our apartment. Then got our keys for the apartment and the surprise was the staircase leading upto the 2nd floor studio apartment – a typical old Dutch style round narrow spiral staircase. It was barely one person’s space. We had to ask the concierge for help as it was impossible for us to take our suitcases up.
Our apartment was cosy and cute. Small but functional. There was a kitchenette, dining table and a double bed. We were not planning to cook so it was of no real use to us, but it was our first experience to live in a studio apartment and most importantly living in the heart of city saves lot of time when you are moving around.
We quickly got ready for our day one adventure. It’s always a challenge to start your tour because everything around you is absolutely new. Things you have seen online, the pictures are now real.
We walked to the main tram stop which was just behind our studio apartment. Rembrandtplein is one of the most beautiful squares in the city of Amsterdam. Its highlight besides the statue of the famous Dutch master painter Rembrandt are the bronze sculptures of his most famous painting ‘Night Watch’ in 3D.
We got into the tram to reach the central station and then we took a 10 minute ferry to go to the north side of Amsterdam city.
There is this futuristic building of the Eye Film Institute, which is absolutely beautiful and modern. We decided to have our brunch at the beautiful restaurant there with amazing views of the river & yet surrounded by 3 stage film screens; and our decision was bang on, because the food was as interesting as the building.
From there we went to see the ‘ This is Holland’ show. It was an extraordinary 5DX experience, a unique flying experience, soaring like a bird over the Dutch must‐see locations and marvelling at the diversity, beauty and richness of the Netherlands.
There was something that was grabbing my attention from the time I got into the ferry to reach this island and that was A’dam Tower. It is an observation deck with an unrivalled panoramic view of Amsterdam. Complementing the experience is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition about Amsterdam’s history and culture.
‘Over the Edge’ is Europe’s highest swing on the sky deck of A’dam Lookout at the top of the tower.
I like adventure and this was on top of my list, so I booked the ticket for the swing. When I got my turn …. omg I couldnt express how scared and thrilled I was. The daredevil and thrill seeker in me swung 100 meters above the ground, back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam below my feet, while adrenaline flowed throughout my body.
I am attaching my official video with this post. The experience was mind blowing.
Then we took the ferry back to the central station and started walking to Dam square. There are few interesting museums on this road. We went to see the sex museum. It was interesting, but too straight for us.
We took the famous tram 2. Amsterdam’s tram line number 2 has been named by National Geographic as one of the world’s best tram rides – and with good reason! For over 110 years it’s been transporting visitors and locals around Amsterdam, taking in some of the city’s best sights and attractions along the way. It travels up and down a central ‘spine’ of Amsterdam, from Centraal Station to Museumplein and back again.
We alighted at Leidseplein & did some shopping at the Apple store as we dont get good accessories in India; thats why I always like to visit the Apple store abroad. I got a new wrist band for my watch. We were feeling hungry and sleepy, so we decided to go for dinner. The place we had originally planned was Cafe Americain, but after reaching there, we realised that they have removed chicken from their menu, so we started roaming around in search of food. We got into a lane opposite the red light area, it was full of restaurants and we found one old style Italian restaurant name Casa di Sergio. We had some amazing soup, pizza and pasta. Now we were really tired so and it was almost 9:30 pm, thats meant 1 am in India.
We boarded our tram and came back to Rembrandtplein and then our room.
It was very nice hectic first day. We had very productive day, just the way we planned and we were excited about our next day. But it was time to sleep & get recharged for our even more exciting next day.