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Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 15:28

A visit to Amsterdam

by RachelF

Have you ever been to a city that you immediately loved so much you wanted to live there?

That's what happened to me a couple of weeks ago, when some friends and I decided to take a trip to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Since we are all living in North Germany at the moment, it only took us a few hours on the train before we were at the heart of this beautiful city. The minute we stepped off the train, we were surrounded by splendid architecture, weaving canals, and (of course) hundreds of bicycles.

We stayed at a youth hostel near the museum quarter of the city. The building was a typical tall Dutch house with lots and lots of stairs, and the interior was uniquely decorated and extremely stylish. I love staying in youth hostels; it is such a great chance to meet people from all over the world and share your different experiences, cultures and even languages. We stayed in a room with an Argentinian, who we befriended right away, and who we spent a lot of time with while we were there.

During our stay, we made sure to make the most of what Amsterdam has to offer. We took a boat trip through the city, which gave us some great views of the fantastic architecture and canals. We also made sure to go to the Van Gogh museum, which is one of the city's main tourist attractions, and consists of a huge collection of his work, along with details of his life and the work of other artists that knew him. One of my favourite parts of the trip, though it was rather sad, was our visit to the Anne Frank museum. She was a Jewish girl who hid with her family for 2 years before the Nazis found them and sent them to the death camps. It was a very moving experience, and definitely worth seeing.

Overall, I think Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities that I have ever been to, and I would love to come back someday!

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Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If you have, what did you like the most about it? What is your favourite city in the world?

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Submitted by Shizuka on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:18

I went to Amsterdam several times since I acually live in the Netherlands, its a bit too busy for me but I like to shop there every now and then :) I´d really like to go to Japan though!
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