11.7.16

Biking in Amsterdam


Our European adventure started with a full day exploring the streets of Amsterdam by bike. Having stayed in Amsterdam a few years ago for separate school trips, R and I were excited to enjoy the city together. In order to see the most of the city, I recommend renting a bike to get you around, but be mindful that people take their biking very seriously in Amsterdam so know the rules of the road before heading out. With the weather forecast calling for some rain showers, we lucked out on a beautiful day with only a few clouds and sprinkles of rain. Our plan was to ride around and see where our bikes would take us =o)


We rented our bikes from Black Bikes Leidseplein; €8.80 for 24 hours. The bike shop is just a few blocks north of the Rijksmuseum. We crossed the canal on Museumbrug and approached the towering Rijksmuseum. I had to take a moment to look up at my favorite museum in the world. Architecturally, I find the Rijksmuseum to be the most grand (yes grander than the Louvre) and refined museum. I love riding or walking under the arches of the entry and seeing a glimpse of the museum’s interior. Once you come out the south opening you are welcomed by the I AM AMSTERDAM letters. We started our day early enough that the letters were not crowded with people and we were able to capture a few photos. The letters are by three of Amsterdam’s most famous museums: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and of course Rijksmuseum. Having been to these museums during our school trips, R and I didn’t visit any this trip but I highly recommend visiting them if you have extra time.

(South entrance/exit of Rijksmuseum)
(Riding our bikes through Rijksmuseum)
(I am Amsterdam letters, in front of Rijksmuseum)
Amsterdam is known to have beautiful parks, the largest and most famous is Vondelpark. Just a 2 minute bike ride away from the letters we entered the gates of the park. We followed the winding paths around the entire park, stopping to look at the beautiful ponds, see a blooming rose garden, and take in some fresh air after a long trip flying overseas. 

(North entrance of Vondel Park)

(One of the ponds in Vondelpark)
(Riding through Vondel Park)
(Path we rode along through Vondel Park)
We headed back into the center to Amsterdam Central Train Station where you can take a free ferry ride across to the Eye Institute and ride through the neighborhoods of Amsterdam-Noord. As an aspiring architect, I love seeing new styles and designs during my travels. From residential projects, to commercial and civic spaces, it is always incredible to learn about new ideas and see what architects and engineers around the world are creating. Taking the ferry back across the water, we headed towards Zeeburg in the borough of Amsterdam-Oost. Zeeburg is a residential area of Amsterdam that is filled with unique homes, spaces and Santiago Calatrava’s python bridge. The bright red bridge connects two neighboring peninsulas. Although it is very impractical in its design, especially when having to carry two bikes across, it does have a fantastic view towards the city center.

(Heading towards Amsterdam Central Station to catch the ferry)
(Behind Amsterdam Central is the ferry station)
(Eye Institute)
(Apartment block in Amsterdam-Noord)
(Colorful home in Amsterdam-Noord)
When I travel I like to stray away from the touristy spots of a city and see more of the local lifestyle and culture. Biking through Zeeburg and onto Java-eiland (translated: java island), you get to see local children playing outside, people on their way home or out to run errands. You get a chance to see the city through a new perspective, not the usual crowded spots marketed towards tourists. The atmosphere through each neighborhood felt so comfortable and easy going that I am considering packing up my belongings and moving to Amsterdam =o)

(Red bridge, west of the python bridge, and much easier to get across)
(Python Bridge)
(Steps up across Python bridge, R carried both of our bikes across)
(I am in love with this street and angle, see my post from my last trip here)
Another neighborhood that caught my interest is Jordaan neighborhood on the other side of Amsterdam from Zeeburg.  Cafes, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood and there is a strong sense of community. Through the years the neighborhood has become more popular but there are spots among the winding streets that have old Dutch charm. In Jordaan we stopped for some of the best pancakes I've ever had. A food post is coming soon about all the food we ate. 

(Somewhere in Jordaan)
(Carriage rides through Jordaan)
(Somewhere in Jordaan)
Earlier that day we had passed the Heineken brewery, unknown to both of us that the brewery would be so close to the center of Amsterdam. Just a three minute bike ride along that canal that runs in front of the Rijksmuseum is the Heineken brewery. We parked our bikes in front and headed in to have a cold glass of the famous Dutch beer. The Heineken Experience tickets are €16 online or €18 at the brewery. The tour includes a walk-through of the history of Heineken and what it is today, a simulation ride that takes you through the process of how the beer is made, a small glass of Heineken with a group and two larger glasses with your wristband at the Heineken bar. If you are a fan of Heineken or beer I would recommend stopping by the brewery =o)

(Heineken Brewery in all it's glory)
(My small beer sample, the other was much bigger)
I couldn’t believe how much of the city we had seen in so few hours and how well I remembered some of my favorite spots to visit. Biking around a city gives you such a different outlook than when you are walking around. I absolutely plan on biking through more cities I visit in the future =o) 

(End of our day)
x the Adventurer

68 comments:

  1. Wow I can't believe you did all of that in one day! That's also a great rental rate for 24 hrs. I feel like if you rent bikes in the Venice and Santa Monica area, it's that much for 3 hrs! So cool that you got to go to the Heineken brewery. Do people in Amsterdam use their boats for transportation in the canals?

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    1. Thank you! We couldn't believe it either! And yes the price shocked us, we had expected to pay at least double that. Yes, people do use their boats to get around, there are also boat/canal tours you can take and also you can book airbnbs on boats =o)

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  2. wow, such an amazing place , lovely pictures .

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    1. thank you, amsterdam is one of my favorite cities to visit for sure =o) thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  3. Aww, I love this post! I lived in the Netherlands for 3 years while I was younger so I'm waiting for when I get to go back eventually and take it all in properly. Amsterdam is gorgeous and it was so smart of you two to do bike-riding through the city, it's so popular there and would have given you guys such a great perspective :) P.S. So super keen for the food post, dutch pancakes are truly the best!!!

    Raashi
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    1. Thank you =o) And I hope you get to go back soon! We were so glad we decided to bike around, it really made the trip more unique. Stay tuned for the food post, I will be posting it early next week =o)

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  4. What a great atmosphere, love everything about this post!

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  5. An amazing post! This is making me want to go to Amsterdam even more. What a wonderful adventure xx

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    1. I hope you get to visit soon =o) I'm glad you enjoyed my post =o)

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  6. Ah! I would love to go out and bike around Amsterdam!! Hope you enjoyed yourself!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

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    1. We really had a fantastic day! Glad you enjoyed my post =o)

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  7. What a great way to explore the city! Such beautiful views :) But I gotta say that food is always my favourite part of anything ;) Can't wait to read that post! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. It was such a great way to see Amsterdam =o) Also the food was amazing! Post is up now about all the foods we ate =o) Check it out!

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  8. What lovely photos :) It looks like you guys had an incredible time. It's also really nice to re-visit a place after having been away for a while. It allows you to see what has changed and also takes the pressure off of you to try and see EVERY SINGLE historical or tourist site, as you have probably already seen a handful before. I visited Amsterdam a few years back but would love to go again sometime soon, especially because a lot of things were under construction at the time!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. It really was so nice to Amsterdam again, and you are so right! We didn't feel rushed to see every possible landmark or place. It was just a wonderful day biking around one of our favorite cities =o)

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful post - it looks stunning!

    Layla xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed reading it =o)

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  10. Cool pics! very lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like them and thanks for leaving a comment =o)

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  11. I went to Amsterdam a couple of years ago and seeing these pictures only makes me want to go back x

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    1. I hope you do get to go back! It's so fun returning to a place you love, also takes the pressure off trying to visit every tourist spot =o)

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  12. awesome pictures ! makes me want to go travel!!

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    1. thanks! hope you get to travel to amsterdam =o)

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  13. I love biking around Amsterdam-your pictures definitely did it justice

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    1. Isn't it a beautiful city to see by bike! Thank you for leaving a comment =o)

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  14. I love biking in Amsterdam! Makes me miss it so much. Thanks for sharing dear xx

    Erica
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    1. Amsterdam is such a great city to explore by bike =o) Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  15. I absolutely ADORE Amsterdam, it's such a beautiful place! :) I've never actually done it on bike though which is surprising as there's so many ha! Vondel Park is one of my favourite places! <3

    Hayley xo
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    1. Me too! It's such a great city =o) You have to ride a bike around next time you go, it's such a new perspective of the city =o)

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  16. These pictures make me wanna visit Amsterdam so much! Thank you for sharing, I am sure this city is the most ideal for biking!
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    1. You have to visit Amsterdam! I am sure you would love it there =o) Glad you enjoyed my post and thank you for leaving a comment =o)

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  17. Nice photos :)
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  18. The place looks so beautiful with lovely parks. I hope to visit in future Great post and hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit Amsterdam soon =o) Thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment =o)

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  19. So nice photos. For years I'm going to visit this city , I have to do as soon as possible :)

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    1. You must! Amsterdam is such a beautiful and charming city =o) Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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  20. Wow, must have been a long yet adventurous day! I'm sure you had a great time. Great post!

    Funmi x
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    1. It was! We were both exhausted at the end but happy to have spent the whole day biking around =o) Thanks for reading!

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    1. thank you =o) glad you enjoyed my post!

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  22. How I wish I was in Amsterdam right now! Great pics.

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    1. I know what you mean, going through all of the photos made me miss it there =o)

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  23. Amsterdam is really lovely. Somehow I missed Vondelpark, but would love to go back and stay around that area. Great photos!

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    1. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city to explore! I missed Vondelpark last time I was there too, it helps having a bike so you can see more =o)

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  24. This sounds like a really awesome trip! Amsterdam has long been in my travel bucket list and I really hope I get to tick it off someday! Great photos by the way.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit soon! It's such an incredible city to explore =o) Glad you liked my post and thanks for leaving such a sweet comment =o)

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  25. Great post! Love the architecture in Amsterdam, everything looks way too pretty and Instagramable. x

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    1. I am in love with dutch architecture =o) i'm glad you liked my post and thank you for leaving a comment =o)

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  26. It's really cheap to rent a bike in Amsterdam, I wouldn't have expected that. I will take it into consideration as I am planning on visiting Amsterdam in a couple of months.

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    1. We were surprised by how cheap it was too! That's so exciting that you are going to Amsterdam soon! Let me know if you have any questions =o) Also I just posted about where we ate during our time in Amsterdam if you are interested in having some good food =o)

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  27. I went there once and loved it

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    1. Thank you =o) It's such a great city to photograph =o)

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  29. Wow this looks like so much fun :)

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    1. It was a blast! I really recommend renting a bike when you travel =o)

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  30. Great photos! I always hear so many great things about Amsterdam, I'd love to visit there xx

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    1. Thank you so much! You have to visit Amsterdam =o) It's such a beautiful city
      Thank you for leaving a comment, I adore your blog =o)

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  31. This made me so excited to go to Amsterdam! Been wanting to go for a long time, but this definitely gave me more inspiration! xx

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    1. I'm so glad! I hope you get a chance to go soon, it's such a beautiful city =o) Thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment

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  32. Wish I had rented a bike when I visited Amsterdam!! �� Next time!

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    1. It was so worth it =o) Next time for sure!

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x the Adventurer