My visit to The Netherlands was back in December 2015 and its winter season. Although it was winter cold but no snow for the rest of the trip. I spent 4 days together with my husband alone. There are few places we visited during the trip based on our interest. In day 1, we already missed few places for visit since we were jet lagged. We decided to walk around the hotel for food and back to sleep. Our day only started on the second day.
We didn’t buy any special passes for transportation. We use daily tickets bought from the machine like what locals do. We don’t have any proper itineraries, but we do have what’s in mind. Throughout the 4 days trip, mode of transportation we took was train and walking.
About meals, mostly we eat fast-food, street-food and Indian restaurant. Breakfast was in the hotel package, means we don’t have to worry about what to eat before visiting places of interest. I was on 6 months pregnancy during the trip, means I have to stop whenever i feel uncomfortable. Later I will share some tips about traveling while you’re pregnant.
Our flight was on 12 December 2015 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport direct to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Flight: MH0016. Departing time was 11:40pm (23:40) and arrived on Sunday, Dec 13, 06:30am. Flight cost for return tickets was RM3512 per person via MALAYSIA AIRLINES.
Once arrived airport Schiphol we catch city train to Amsterdam Central Station, nearest station to our hotel. We stayed at Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam for €530.91 for 3 nights. The taxes and services was included in the price.
We checkout the nearby town first since we were too early arrived at the hotel. The earliest we can checked in that time was at 11am. I stumbled upon when stepped my foot on Amsterdam Central. No wonder people are interested to repeat their trip to here. Very fascinating and unique town. Let me share places which I managed to visit and do in my 4 days trip.
Just get lost in narrow alley Amsterdam Central, checkout their building architecture. High number of tourists who visit each year, Amsterdam is known for its historical attractions, for its collections of great arts, and for the characteristic colour and savour of its old sections, which have been remained in good condition.
You may grab any walking tour map from the hotel or airport, plan yourself for 1 or 2 days walking tour around Amsterdam Central. Definitely you won’t get bored walking to the same alley repeatedly.
Looking for Giant Windmills ? Head over to Zaanse Schans, only 40 mins by train from Amsterdam Central Station. Alight at Zaandijk Zaanse Schans Station and walk about 17 min.
The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory where you can sample them too, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.
With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the most photographic destinations in the Netherlands. You can easily reach here by train (just 15 min from Amsterdam Central Station).