Allard Pierson Museum

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  • Day1

    Busfahrt und Ankunft in Amsterdam

    March 9, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    In stockdunkler Nacht, nur mit viel gutem Willen konnte man diese Uhrzeit schon als Morgen bezeichnen, begannen wir unsere Reise nach Amsterdam. Am Bahnhof stiegen wir in einen knallgelben Sunshine-Bus, der uns zunächst nach Saarbrücken brachte - dort hieß es dann Bus wechseln. Unser neues Gefährt würde uns nun bis ans Ziel bringen sowie uns die drei Tage in Amsterdam begleiten. Hätten wir nur den ersten Busfahrer schon zu schätzen gewusst... Die Fahrt nach Amsterdam ist seeeehr lang und mit einem Fahrer, der das Bordmikrofon permanent verwendet, um sein Räuspern dem ganzen Bus mitzuteilen sowie sich als Amateurkommentator versucht, ist sie noch viel länger. Aber dank ihm wissen wir jetzt, wie toll und wunderschön niederländische Autobahnen doch sind!
    Doch am Ende kamen wir wohlbehalten und nur leicht genervt an unserem Hotel an.

    Ab hier begann ein sprichwörtlicher Wettlauf gegen die Zeit: 10 Minuten um nicht nur das eigene Zimmer zu finden, sondern auch zum Umziehen, Gepäck umpacken und wieder abfahrbereit sein waren wohl für niemanden genug, bis auf unseren Herr Busfahrer. Und doch schafften wir es irgendwie nach diesen paar Minuten wieder im Bus zu sitzen und ins Herz von Amsterdam zu fahren.

    Ein wenig planlos irrten wir nun durch die Straßen dieser großen Stadt und bewunderten gleichzeitig die schiefen und gequetscht wirkenden Häuser an den Krachten. Als es Zeit fürs Abendessen wurde, überforderten uns die gefühlt tausend winzigen Restaurants, die es an jeder Ecke gab. Mit ein wenig Geduld fanden wir dann aber doch einen Burgerladen, der auch noch Platz für 8 Leute hatte. In Amsterdam keine Selbstverständlichkeit, wie wir jetzt wissen.
    Nach einem langen Tag sammelte uns dann unser Bus wieder auf und es ging zurück ins Hotel. Und obwohl wir alle am liebsten bloß noch wie tot ins Bett gefallen wären, kratzten wir doch genug Motivation zusammen um den nächsten Tag gründlich zu planen.
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  • Day5


    August 11, 2016 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world.I love its brick buildings, open skyline, rich history, and relaxed, easy going attitude towards life. Over the years, I’ve visited Amsterdam more times than I can count (I’m bad at math) and have spent countless hours walking the city, making friends with locals, and getting under its skin.

    Amsterdam has so much to do that, even after so many visits, I still find new things to do and see. The city deserves more than just the few (and often smoke filled) days travelers give it, but if a few days is all you have and you want to make the most of it, this is the itinerary I would give to someone looking to get a good overview and feel for what makes Amsterdam so special:

    Day 1

    Free walking tour

    A great way to orient yourself to the city is with a walking tour. You’ll learn some history, find out where the major sites are, and explore all those winding canals. Free walking tours are a wonderful first activity in any city. I recommend the free New Europe walking tour. It covers a lot of ground and gives you a general overview of the city and landmarks. The tour meets in the main square and lasts about 2-3 hours. (Be sure to tip your guide though!)

    Canal tour

    Amsterdam is a city tied to the water – it grew around its canals and the taming of the Amstel River. The canals of Amsterdam are incredibly beautiful, and there’s nothing like seeing the city from a boat. Skip the big canal boat tours you see around the city — they’re overpriced. You can often hire a private boat tour for about 20 Euros an hour (look for guides around the Red Light District). Moreover, you can also take the open-air Canal Hopper Small Boat. This is the company I use when I run group tours to the city — the boats are small, the tours more intimate, and your driver will give you a good personalized tour. The tours last about an hour.


    The Rijksmuseum is located right next to the Van Gogh Museum, and after years of renovation, it’s now beautifully remodeled. The museum still features an extensive Rembrandt collection, and you’ll be able to see the famous painting “The Night Watch.” Besides Rembrandt, there’s also an incredible and robust collection of other classic Dutch painters, like Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. Over one million works of art, craftworks, and historical objects are kept in the collection, and around 8,000 objects are on display in the museum so be sure to budget a few hours!

    Day 2

    Anne Frank House

    In all honesty, I don’t like this place. I found it to be anticlimactic. You basically do a slow walk through the house as the crowds pack the place. You don’t get to let everything soak in as you’re being pushed from behind by the endless crowds. It’s maddening! But, if you don’t mind waiting in line and you’re curious about Anne (I think the Jewish History Museum does a more thorough job of relating the events in Anne Frank’s life to the Holocaust), it might be worth the visit for you. You can book tickets online up to two months in advance, which lets you skip the line. If you don’t do this, get there very early in the morning to avoid the long queue that develops over the course of the day!

    Amsterdam History Museum

    This museum features a very thorough history of Amsterdam. It’s big, and you’ll need 3–4 hours to really go through it in detail. There are a lot of relics, maps, paintings, and audiovisual displays throughout the museum. My favorite is the computer graphic at the entrance showing the growth and construction of the city over time. I can’t recommend this museum enough. It’s one of the best history museums I’ve ever visited.

    Day 3

    Do a bike tour

    Bikes are to Amsterdam like wine is to Bordeaux. The city loves bikes, and there are supposedly more bikes than people in Amsterdam. In fact, forget about keeping a lookout for cars — it’s the bikes that will run you over. Seeing Amsterdam and its surroundings from a bike is something I definitely encourage you to do. Mike’s Bike Tours is the best company to use, whether for a tour or to rent a bike on your own.


    Everyone goes to Vondelpark to sit around, bike, or get high, but east of the main city center is a beautiful park with fewer people and green space that is just as relaxing. It’s about a 30-minute walk from the city center, but the walk takes you through residential areas of the city not often seen and way off the tourist map. I enjoy coming here because it’s far quieter and more peaceful than Vondelpark. If you wanted a quiet park experience, this is it!

    Day 4


    Amsterdam’s largest and most popular park is a great place to walk, bike, people-watch, or relax, especially after a visit to a local coffee shop. There’s a playground as well as places to play sports, and numerous areas for kicking back. During the summer, Vondelpark is filled with people, especially locals who hang out at the café ‘t Blauwe Theehuis for drinks in the center.

    The Heineken Experience

    This museum used to be a lot better when it was cheaper and they offered more beer. It’s not a working brewery, and in comparison to the Guinness Museum in Dublin, it’s lame. But the price of admission buys you three beers and you’ll learn a bit of the history of Heineken (which I enjoyed since I drink a lot of their beer). It’s not a must-see, but it’s not a must-avoid either.

    Some other sites worth visiting

    Below are some of my other favorite activities to do in the city if you have more time or don’t like the options above!

    Waterlooplein Flea Market – This open-air market is like a giant flea market — everything and everyone can be found here. People sell secondhand clothes, hats, antiques, gadgets, and much more. You can also find new and unused items. If there’s something you want, you’ll probably find it here. Open Monday to Saturday.
    Day trip to Haarlem – Just a quick train (or bike) ride from Amsterdam, Harleem is a quiet Dutch town that has a beautiful central church, great outdoor market, and all the beauty of historic Amsterdam with fewer crowds.
    Visit Noord – Leave the city center, take the ferry across the IJ, and visit the up and coming area of Noord Amsterdam. In the last few years, a lot of people have moved here (it’s cheap), cool markets and restaurants have opened, and a lot of old industrial land has been reclaimed for public use. It’s the new hip place to be! Be sure to visit the famous EYE, Amsterdam’s film institute.
    The Amsterdam library – The city’s library is a beautiful modern building built in 2007. It’s gigantic, overlooks the IJ, and has a wonderful top floor cafe for impressive views of the city. It’s one of my favorite to relax in the city. It’s quiet, peaceful, and there’s nothing like reading a good book with a great view!
    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – Like modern art? Well, I don’t but if you do, this is the place in the city to see it!
    Foodhallen – Located in Amsterdam west, this place is what the name implies – a food hall! This indoor food market has various vendors serving a variety of delicious food. It’s like food trucks in one location. Personal favorites include Viet View, Le Big Fish, and Friska.
    Houseboat Museum – This museum will show what it’s like to live in a houseboat!
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