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24 hrs in Amsterdam

Check out the off the beaten path activities during this quick stay

Before embarking on my River Cruise in early March of '24, I had the luxury of about 24 hrs in Amsterdam. Although I've been here before, I wanted to get a bit off the beaten path and have a relaxing stay.

Upon arrival, I checked into the Monet Garden Hotel, located just on the edge of the bustling center, offering a quieter stay. Despite a bit of a longer walk to main attractions, this hotel was within easy walking distance of the main sites, and the Canal View Standard room was really quite nice.

I traveled here in early March, and I thoroughly enjoyed the surprisingly warm weather, perfect for exploring. I didn't have anything specifically planed for this time, though I did have some things in mind. After dropping off my bags, I ventured to Centraal station and indulged in savory and sweet pancake at Pancakes Amsterdam, a great spot for people-watching (and gluten free options).

This is my outfit for the day - the black trench is a bit thicker and waterproof with a hood. It was perfect for the day. The next morning as it was cooler, I added thermals underneath my pants and that worked out well.

Following this, I visited the Royal Palace near Dam Square, a must-see if you enjoy palaces. I purchased my ticket on the spot and it was the perfect experience for my arrival day. Later, I strolled over to de Bijenkorf Amsterdam (a department store nearby) for window shoping. Later I joined some Travel Advisor friends for dinner, before heading back to the hotel for an early bedtime.

The next morning, I seized the early hours to explore Wertheimpark and zoo. I loved seeing things starting to grow and bud! I admired blooming daffodils and budding magnolias, pausing at a Auschwitz memorial. Though the botanical gardens were closed, I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo! This is a great zoo with lots of animals and beautifully landscaped grounds. It is a park in and of itself. Entry to the zoo was a bit pricier than I was expecting - but the cost is well worth it. I was also able to enjoy breakfast and a coffee while watching giraffes. They also have walkthrough buildings with sloths and different bird species. I loved my time here.

After heading back it was time to head to the dock for the start my mini-Netherlands river cruise, but this was a great visit. I can't wait to head back.

Amsterdam's allure lies in its endless discoveries and ease of exploration. Whether planning a tour, river cruise, or independent journey, feel free to reach out to me, Alicia at Evening Star Travel, for expert guidance on your next Amsterdam adventure.


To book your next dream vacation - when the time is right to travel - reach out to me through email at, or by calling 587 772 2525. I am located in Sherwood Park, Alberta (a suburb of Edmonton), and am a Travel Advisor specializing in River Cruising, Beach Escapes, and Custom Vacations. I am the owner/operator of Evening Star Travel, and I book travel for clients all across Canada.

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