A few weeks ago while traveling to Kenya, my husband and I had some time to kill on a layover in Amsterdam. We could either spend six hours sitting in the airport, or go out and see the city. We knew we’d be a bit tired once we arrived in Amsterdam, so we didn’t want to plan a hectic itinerary. Instead, we opted for breakfast and a walking tour of the Netherlands.
I really wanted to see the canals in person and get some waffles.
After leaving the airport and getting our passports stamped, we hopped on the train to the Amsterdam Central. It took us about 10 minutes to make our way from the terminal, through customs and over to the train station. Then it took another 10 minutes to check and double check that we were buying the correct ticket. Once we boarded, the train ride from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol took about 10 minutes. The ride was relaxing and quiet which is what we needed after the first leg of our long flight.
As soon as step out of Amsterdam Central, we stepped into the bustling city center. People, cars and bikes were zooming left and right. The first thing to catch my eye was the beautiful architecture of the Victoria Hotel directly across the street from the train station. From the outside it was absolutely gorgeous. As wer made our way around the city on foot, I couldn’t help but look up at everything. The curves, columns and gold embellishments we’re definitely eyecatching.
Immediately after crossing the busy street, I saw what I’d come to see. My husband and I quickly detoured off the busy main road and started exploring. The canals were so quiet and serene at this time of the morning. Most shops weren’t even open yet and the side streets were pretty empty.
I didn’t realize how many people walked and biked in Amsterdam. Biking seemed to be the main mode of transportation. Everywhere we looked there were people riding somewhere and bikes were parked beside buildings, poles, trees and fences.
After walking around a bit we decided to skip breakfast sinced we’d eaten so much on the way to Amsterdam.