NETHERLANDS: 6-hour transit in Amsterdam

Dutch Houses and Houseboats in Amsterdam

Stepping out of Amsterdam Centraal train station and taking in sights of the slim Dutch houses and houseboats on the canals, it hit home that we have arrived in Amsterdam.

Being a Amsterdam first-timer, it was easy navigating the area. All main sights were walk-able from the train station and boards with maps were installed for easy reference.

By just walking straight from Amsterdam Centraal train station, we arrived at the National Monument and Dam Square that are in front of the Royal Palace.

National Monument at Amsterdam
National Monument
In front of Royal Palace and De Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square
In front of Royal Palace and De Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square

We then turned right and explored the canals, passing by Amsterdam’s famous skewed-looking houses and coffeeshops where you can buy and smoke weed.

Skewed house - think your eyes are playing tricks on you? Think again
Think your eyes are playing tricks on you? Think again. This house is really not straight
Pity we didn't get to step foot into a coffeeshop as our transit hours were too early
Pity we didn’t get to step foot into a coffeeshop as our transit hours were too early

On the way to The Pancake Bakery for breakfast, we walked past Anne Frank House where there was a short queue. From 9am to 3.30pm, the museum is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a specific time slot. We did not want to lock ourselves down with advance purchases because we were unsure if it will take a long time clearing customs at Schiphol Airport and that if so, we may not want to make the trip out to the city.

Our virgin Amsterdam visit ended with a weed lollipop and a tour of the Red Light District where we saw sexy lingerie shops, shop windows displaying pornographic video covers and sex toys, souvenir shops retailing tongue-in-cheek merchandise and of course, the red-curtained and red-framed windows with prostitutes trying to get some business.

Shop window with sex toys
Shop window with sex toys
Souvenir shop with sex and drug themed merchandise
Souvenir shop with sex and drug themed merchandise
Netherlands - Museum of Prostitution
Museum of Prostitution

All thanks to the convenient 20-minute train ride from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal train station, we were able to cover quite a bit in the capital with just 6 hours of transit.

All we have left to check off the next time we are there are to tour Anne Frank House and Royal Palace, take a canal cruise, patronise a coffeeshop and join the famous party scene. Marshmallow has high hopes for the club scene. After all, Tiesto is Dutch.

Bye for now, Amsterdam!
Bye for now, Amsterdam!

By: Chocolate & Marshmallow

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