Ah Amsterdam, I'm writing yet another blog post about you but after my fourth visit at the beginning of September, how could I resist? Amsterdam is my all time favourite city and although I have indeed been back four times now, each time it's been with different people and each time I've done different things, meaning that I've had four totally different trips. This time, I went for a friend's 60th birthday with eighteen other girls and we had an absolute blast! Here's why Amsterdam is the perfect destination for a girls weekend away, whether it's a birthday, a hen night or just a holiday!
So as this time in Amsterdam we were celebrating a special birthday, some of the girls had organised a surprise and it was nothing like I'd ever done before - it was a beer bicycle. We had one for beer and one for prosecco and let me tell you it was fricking hilarious. For one it was a nice way for people who hadn't been to Amsterdam before to see a little bit of the city on our first night but for two, the beer was unlimited meaning that the drunker people got, the funnier the bike got. I don't like beer or prosecco and I still thought it was a blast so it's definitely just a little bit of fun for groups!
(This was legit the birthday girl's face when we took her into the Sex Museum!)
We went to the Sex Museum, the Heineken Experience, Bloemenmarkt, Dam Square, the Red Light District and did a right nice boat ride on the canals and basically, had such a lovely time and packed so much into three days. I think people get the wrong impression of Amsterdam if they haven't been and think that it's a huge "party place" and basically think it's a little bit tacky but in my opinion, these are misconceptions. Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited, full of character, art and life with a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. The houses and streets are stunning and are nothing like I've seen anywhere else and although there are some really great bars where you can get cocktails and drinks etc. it's more chilled than your typical "party" place. There are museums to look at, street art to see, places to visit, tourist attractions..I know my mum loved it and wants to go back next year with my dad!
The attractions aren't that expensive either to be honest. The Heineken Experience is around €16 per person I think but a lot of the tourist shops will do you a deal if you want more than one experience and you'll get say the Experience and the Ice Bar for a little bit cheaper if you buy them together. The museums like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are a little bit pricier but they're not so expensive you wouldn't go in (and the Van Gogh museum was one of my favourite things I did back in January!). Basically, Amsterdam is a place that you can definitely do on a budget, something which is essential if you're travelling in a big group!
What would your ideal Girls Weekend be?