Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands
Most of you surely think of coffee shops, tulips, cheese and canals. A cliché that is true in some way, but the city has a lot more to offer. Even if you have just 24 hours to spend there, you can have a great time– especially by bike.
You go to the hotel from the airport. It is just a ten minutes ride by train from the Airport Amsterdam Schiphol to the station Sloterdijk and from this station, you just have to walk about 3 minutes to the hotel. Check-in, rent a bike and discover the city. The bikes from the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West are Dutch bikes in proper style with lights and gear change – perfect for a bike tour!
After a few minutes of biking, you get to the area of the WesterGasfabriek. This former factory for gas for the street lamps is now a great culture park. The historical buildings are renovated and the green park invites the visitors to linger. Many events, for example, the pitch festival, the Holland Festivals and awakening club events take place there. It is a meeting point for creative and innovative people from Amsterdam and you find bars, restaurants, shops, galleries and clubs here. It is a great place to spend the night!
After a recreative night and a great Dutch breakfast with peanut butter and Hagelschlag (chocolate flocks to strew over your bread) in the MEININGER Hotel, take a ride to the city center. The first stop is a little book market with interesting books, nice old graphics and artworks.
On Sundays there is an art market: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Just a few metres away you find the famous swimming flower market. The flowers are offered from barges. They were used as transport vehicles but are now remnants of times gone by. You can buy fresh cut flowers and bulbs and a lot of souvenirs. Do not forget to visit the cheese diary next to the market. Even if you don’t buy some cheese you can taste some of it.
Mo-Sa 9:00 am bis 5:30 pm
So 11:00 am bis 5:30 pm
Another tip for your bike tour through the city: Pay attention to the streets! They arch and that’s why you can easily loose your orientation. But fortunately there are a lot of huge maps. When you ride along the Zuiderkerk, a church, you come across the Waterlooplein. This place is a paradise for every vintage fan and bargain hunter. There are tons of clothes and you can discover real treasuries and of course you can trade with the merchants.
Waterlooplein 2, Amsterdam
Mo – Sa, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
If you loose your energy, take a break in one of the numerous cafés and bars and eat a sweet Stroopwafel (waffles filled with sirup) or drink a beer. Do you know that Heineken is from Amsterdam? The beer brands Amster, Brand, Paulaner, Deperandos and Strongbow belong to Heineken.
The next place to go is the the emblem of Amsterdam with its famous lettering iamsterdam. Sometimes there are some performances from street artists. It is the perfect stage for music, dance or breakdance because the tourists are always interested in art! But most of them want to visit one of the museums. The museums for art Amsterdam Stedelijk is next to the Van Gogh museum and it is worth a visit, while the architecture is worth seeing – even from the outside. The rebuilding from the architect Benthem Crouwel combines the old part of the building with a new modern architecture. Then you need to go back to the hotel because your 24 hours are almost over! Take some time because you can easily lose your way. You leave Amsterdam with many impressions of a great city that is definitely worth a visit.