Amsterdam in 24 Hours

An Amsterdam Postcard

One of my goals for 2019 has been to travel more; whether it's day trips, mini-breaks or full fledged exploring. As I've never been much of a traveller in the past, I thought it was a good idea to start small. Therefore, my mom and I recently embarked on a short trip to Amsterdam. We decided to opt for a mini-cruise with P&O cruises, a four night trip departing from Southampton.

An image of Amsterdam Centraal Station

We spent our first day at sea, giving us plenty of opportunity to shop, read and relax with a gorgeous sea view. My favourite thing about cruising is that there's always plenty of food going around! We arrived in Ijmuiden the next day (P&O announced before departing that we'd be docking outside of Amsterdam, which was a shame).

We arrived by Amsterdam Centraal Station, which gave us a great central location to begin our journey, and made our way down to the Museum Quarter. We actually paid somebody to take us down there on our cycle (as it was a rather long walk!) and that in itself was an experience. The guy was lovely and there is such a friendly atmosphere in Amsterdam in general. My favourite museum there was the Moco museum, which costs only 10€. Dutch Wannabe has compiled a great overview of Moco Museum if you're interested! There's plenty of other opportunities too including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, which makes the Museum Quarter a great option for those wanting to get a flavour for the city. As they're so local it's a great way to see many attractions as possible over the space of a day!

An image of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
A 'Home sweet Home' banksy print in Moco Museum

We then decided to have a walk up the canals to have a browse at what else the city had to offer, before gradually making our way back to the station and having a walk up the main high street. I was surprised at how similar a lot of the shops were to the UK, Primark included, and there was even a C&A, which was a total throwback for my mom! There were plenty of souvenir shops and the red light district was only a street away for a very intriguing trip.

We decided to take a canal trip in the afternoon, which felt only right considering there were so many canals in Amsterdam! It was a great way to get a well rounded view of the city and we saw so many things that we would've completely missed on foot. It was a great opportunity to sit down and take a breather too, as walking around was hard work and we must've done 20,000 steps on the day!

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An image of the canal and properties in Amsterdam
An image of canals in Amsterdam by the museum quarter
A residential canal boat in Amsterdam

As we had to sail back to Southampton the following day, our trip was short-lived but nonetheless a fantastic experience. If I were to do it again I'd suggest booking a hotel in the city centre rather than a cruise as there's a lot of time spent travelling and it'd likely be a lot cheaper to book it yourself. That said, I love that everything in Amsterdam is really central, it means that you can see so much in a short period of time and it is what you make it. There's so much that I didn't get the chance to do (and I'd love to go again!), but equally I'm really glad with what I saw and I had a wonderful time. 

Chloe x


  1. Just got back from Holland a couple of days ago:) I LOVE it over there, Amsterdam was amazing, however, we too only had one day to spend there this time around, and we had our kids with us. I can't wait to go back - adults only next time and walk for hours in this beautiful city. We took the canal boat trip too - such a great way to see the city and learn a little about it.

  2. Amsterdam was one of my favourite places to go - I don't know what it was about it, but when we got there I just got a feeling of 'belonging'. If I had to choose somewhere to live other than the UK, it would be Amsterdam!
    I absolutely loved the Moco Museum too! And I'm so glad you were able to go on a canal tour. It's so nice to weave through the streets!

    Lizzie // Hello Lizzie Bee

  3. I'm glad you had a great time in Amsterdam Chloe :) I really need to hit up Amsterdam again. Got so much unfinished business there!

    I like how you went on a canal trip given out you got to Amsterdam via a cruise. Clearly couldn't get enough of being on water!

    Johnny | Johnny's Traventures

  4. Sounds like you had a great trip! I've never been to Amsterdam, but your photos (which are fab) really make me want to visit. I like the idea of the cruise to and from, but I think I would want more time in Amsterdamn.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo

  5. It's interesting that you'd suggest booking a hotel as a pose to the cruise because my partner wants to do a cruise but I don't so I was thinking a small one like this might be the perfect compromise! Amsterdam is on our travel bucket list so I can't wait to see it myself!
    Soph - x

  6. I love Amsterdam, it is such a beautiful and interesting city! I'd love to visit again as there is so much to see. That's really cool you can get a cruise from Southampton, I live there so it would be so convenient for me. Thanks for sharing Chloe, lovely photos too! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  7. I love your photos, Amsterdam looks beautiful!

  8. I totally want to tour Amsterdam, I can just see myself walking the streets!! Your photos are delightful, really makes me feel like I'm there πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

    Natonya |

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