7 Cities & Towns you Must Visit in the Netherlands

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My time in the Netherlands came and went in a flash. But if we’re being particular it lasted 8 days and 7 nights, all of which were jam-packed with adventure, sight-seeing, castles, church towers and way too many deep fried sweets (uh woops!)

Throughout my time here in the land of bicycles and miniature pancakes I was eager to see, do and taste as much as possible. Although I didn’t quite get to every pitstop I had planned, I did manage to see and do everything I wanted in each of the cities I did visit, making up for quality over quantity.

So if you’re heading to the Netherlands and want a complete highlights tour, these are the cities and towns you must visit in the Netherlands!

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Amsterdam

An obvious starting point: Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most visited cities and with one picture or postcard, it isn’t hard to see why. This city, built on canals with wonky houses, would have to be one of the world’s most photographed cities if not the most. Be sure to wander around at leisure and leave yourself three days here (minimum) as there’s a lot to see and do. In terms of museums make sure you don’t miss the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Elsewhere be sure to visit Singel Canal, Keizersgracht Canal, Vondelpark and Jordaan neighbourhood.

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The Hague

My next stop in the Netherlands was to catch the (30 minutes-ish) train ride to The Hague, which is better known to the Dutchies as Den Haag. As the centre for global judiciary decisions, I had been eager to visit since my first two years of law school (of which I dropped out of to complete a political science degree). This city was as grand as I had envisioned, with beautiful architecture and perfectly manicured gardens at every turn.

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Leiden

You can reach Leiden by train from Amsterdam in less than 30 minutes, or by train from The Hague in just 10. Pronounced “LIE – DEN”, this city is a great pit stop if travelling between one Dutch city and another, dropping your bags at the train station and exploring for a day. With canals and quintessentially Dutch architecture, this is a great alternative to the tourist-heavy streets of Amsterdam.

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Delft

By far the cutest city I came across in all of the Netherlands and even one of the most charming in all of Europe, I cannot believe it has taken me so many years of travel to discover Delft! Just a few minutes by train from The Hague, Delft has the charm of a small town with the benefits of a sizeable city nearby (not to mention some of the world’s best gelato!)

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Utrecht

Described to me as Amsterdam’s cooler little sister, Utrecht is a city like no other in the Netherlands and perhaps even in Europe (though it kind of reminded me of the effortless coolness of Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium). Utrecht doesn’t have many sights or attractions, but has plenty of cool cafes, eateries and boutiques to discover. Its the kind of city you can visit and feel like a local within minutes.

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Rotterdam

Perhaps the “coolest” city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is in a league of its own. Modern and design-focused, Rotterdam was completely wiped out by the Germans in in 1940 as a sign of power to the rest of the country who might similarly meet the Germany army with resistance. For this reason Rotterdam is extremely unique to the Netherlands, as it does not have an old town centre or appear alike any of the other cities in the country, though it does have a widespread reputation for architecture and design.

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Maastricht

Well and truly in the south of the Netherlands is Maastricht, another interesting city I discovered on my travels through the country and one that I found a great base to explore from. With a unique location near to the Belgium border and not far from France or Germany, this is a great city to base yourself in for day trips to explore nearby Cologne, Liege, and you could even travel down in to Luxembourg! The city itself warrants a couple of days to explore – Maastricht iss a beautiful city with a well-deserved gastronomic reputation.

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Visiting The Hague in 24 Hours: A complete Guide

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As a political science major at University, a trip to The Hague has been on my to-go list for quite some time. Yet standing there in the centre of it all, it was still surreal to me to be standing where the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court reside. I had just one night in The Hague for my book signing tour in the Netherlands, so I was determined to hit the ground running and see as much as I could within 24 hours. So with that, here’s what to see and do in The Hague in 24 hours!

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Introducing The Hague

I told many Dutchies I encountered of my plans to visit The Hague but every single one of them looked at me in confusion. “Den Haag” is how to say it in Dutch, so I would suggest you use this term as it warranted a much better reaction!

Although not the capital of The Netherlands (a title that belongs to Amsterdam), The Hague is indeed the seat of Dutch parliament and as previously mentioned, the judicial capital of the world. With such a strong international identity, I wasn’t surprised to see this spill out in to all aspects of life in The Hague – not least the fantastic little Italian restaurant I found near to my hotel! With stunning stately architecture and cute little cafes/boutiques to discover, I had my work cut out to see in the city in such a short space of time.

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Checking In: Hotel Des Indes

For my one night stay I checked in to the ultra-luxe bucket list hotel, Hotel Des Indes. As part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel has a strong clientele of men in suits and ladies dressed without wrinkles (in their clothes – an unattainable luxury for someone living out of a suitcase).

The hotel is in a great location for exploring, especially if you’re anything like me and plan to find all the great eats around town. A short walk away you will stumble upon Frederikstraat, home to many cute cafes, restaurants and tiny boutiques as you continue to wander along it.

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Sights & Attractions Not to be Missed

The Hague is deceptively large and there’s much to see, so be ready to hit the ground running!

Binnenhof – Surrounded by moats, Binnenhof was once a castle and now the seat of Dutch parliament. It is probably the most impressive building in all of The Hague, centrally located and with great restaurants nearby.

Plein – The most elegant square in the city centre and a great central point to begin your explorations.

Peace Palace – Home of the International Court of Justice.

Paleis Noordeinde – The royal palace, used as the office of King Willem-Alexander since he became king in 2013.

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Eats & Drinks

How I managed to fit so much in to my two half days in The Hague one will never know, but believe me when I say I found some great eateries!

De Bakkerswinkel – Got a huge portion of yogurt + granola here for breakfast one morning. They also have a house cat!

FOAM – Great little vegan find on Frederikstraat. They do superb smoothies!

Barista Cafe – Probably the best coffee in town (even if its the only one I tried). But yeah, it was good!

Delicious Sweetness – Cute little patisserie I picked up a couple of macarons from. The macarons were nice enough, but I knew I could find better!

Patisserie Jarreau – Hands down the best macarons in The Hague – unsurprisingly by a French pastry chef!

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Day Trips from The Hague

If you have more time or are planning a larger trip of the Netherlands, I would highly recommend taking a day trip to Delft (the cutest little town to ever exist) and Leiden (ten minutes by train and another pretty city in the Netherlands).

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

WOW Book Club: Paris For One

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I know I know, I’ve been super slack on book club lately, which has every part to do with being super slack on reading lately (which in turn is of course a lack of time for extracurriculars). But ask and you shall receive! The past few weeks I’ve been back on planes and in airports, giving me plenty of time to catch up reading given the amount of time I spend waiting (in lines, in airports, for my hotel room to be ready, the list goes on…)

SO I came across this little pocket of happiness on my way to Paris. The whole reason I picked it up was because the irony was too much to ignore, given I was about to board a plane bound for the city of light and would be visiting on my own. Thus we have arrived at another WOW BOOK CLUB!

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Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

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I’ve picked a lot of Paris-centric reads for this book club but that’s the beauty of having a personal travel blog – you get to pick the topics you love and well, it really is no secret that I luuuuurve Paris!

This book is a mix of stories, though focuses mostly on a girl’s trip to Paris with her boyfriend who never shows. Before even opening the pages I knew I was gonna love this one.

A few years ago I travelled to Europe with an ex boyfriend for 4 weeks and our final stop of the trip was to visit Paris. By the time we reached the city of love we were so not in love that a break up could be clearly viewed beyond the horizon (or more accurately, the minute we arrived home). This book really resonated with me because although I wasn’t alone on that trip, it felt like I was because I knew the end of the relationship was so near and it was difficult to enjoy such a romantic city with that in the back of my mind.

Years later I returned to Paris with my now boyfriend and was able to fall back in love with the city and share it with him – reigniting my love for the city and reminding me that we’ve gotta go through the bad ones to reach the good ones!

I loved this book and I know you will too. I can’t wait to chat about it in a few weeks!

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The Secret Passages of Paris

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Paris for me is Paris in the 20’s, through a lens of Woody Allen level nostalgia and with A Moveable Feast in mind. Thus it probably comes as no surprise to my readers that I made it a mission on this trip to Paris to uncover the secret passages of Paris, the history behind them, and spend too much time sipping on a cafe au lait with a crunchy pain au chocolat in hand.

The passages are a nostalgic glimpse in the cities’ past, before the days of modern shopping malls and convenience stores, when small boutiques and artisans weren’t just highly prized, they were the norm. There were originally more than 150 of these passageways around Paris in the 18th and late 19th centuries, however most of them were sadly demolished during modernisation and only a handful remain.

The passageways that remain today are more than listed here, but these were my absolute favourite passageways that I wanted to share with you in the hopes that you visit and see Paris through my lens of the golden days!

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Galerie Vivienne

For sure my favourite passageway and I dare say the most glamorous remaining today, Galerie Vivienne is a popular pitstop for locals and their miniature pooches, looking for artisan goods and services in the heart of Paris. Located right by the Palais Royal Theatre, this gallery in the second arrondisement of Paris is an almost perfect display of polished wood, ample natural light and wrought iron.

4 Rue des Petits Champs, 2nd arrondisement

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Passage des Panoramas

With antique signs laced with gold foil and a train restaurant reminiscent of the Hogwarts Express, Passage des Panoramas is a close second favourite for me given its similarities to Diagon Alley (yup, hopelessly devoted fan over here!) This is one of my favourite places in all of Paris for a completely nostalgic kick, and with companions it would be the perfect place to sit and enjoy for hours over a long lunch.

11 Boulevard Montmartre, 2nd arrondisement

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Passage Jouffroy

My third favourite passageway I found in Paris is located in the 9th arrondisement, conveniently located opposite the Passage des Panoramas (although the locations are two separate arrondisements, they are literally on opposite sides of Montmartre Boulevard, facing one another. This Passage offers a cute boutique hotel at the finish line, completely reminiscent of life in Paris during the 1920’s.

10 Boulevard Montmartre Boulevard, 9th arrondisement

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Galerie Vero-Dodat

I stumbled upon Galerie Vero-Dodat by chance, walking around the louvre for a bite to eat. This happens to be one of the quieter passages in Paris, so is great for a photo op with those iconic black and white tiled floors.

19 Galerie Vero-Dodat, 1st arrondisement

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Over to you!

Have you visited more of the secret passages of Paris? Which was your favourite?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Utrecht

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Travelling throughout the Netherlands on a whirlwind week of adventures, I was eager to discover the best cities and towns, each with something different to offer. After visiting The Hague, I made my way by train to Utrecht, a city that has come to be known by many as “Amsterdam’s cool little sister” as quoted by a local.

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Touch Down: In Need of Coffee?

The best way to experience Utrecht is not necessarily to “see” the city, but to “do”. The city of Utrecht doesn’t offer much by way of must see attractions, as the whole charm of the city is purely in experiencing it. With plenty of great coffee shops and bakeries, there’s a lot to begin discovering!

De Koekfabriek – at the cookie factory you get free cookies with your coffee. Ummm yes please!

Carla’s Conditorie – located right behind the dom is one of the cities’ cutest cafe/bakeries with a hint of Scandinavian flavour.

The Village Coffee – said to be the best coffee in the entire city.

De Bakkerswinkel – I first discovered this little gem in The Hague and was delighted to see it again in Utrecht! A very cute old school bakery with great (and huge) breakfasts.

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From the centre of town you can explore all that Utrecht has to offer, which is predominantly centred around the cities’ canals. The city is full of cheap eats, al fresco restaurants, boutiques and the usual chain brands you’ll see everywhere in Europe.

The best way to discover Utrecht is to begin on foot around the city centre, later renting a bike when (and if) you feel comfortable navigating the streets to explore more of the neighbourhoods on the fringe of the CBD!

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Climb the Dom Tower to get your bearings

Figuring our your place in a city is often a task that takes a few days to master, but the city of Utrecht has one main attraction that is better experienced sooner rather than later. The Dom Tower Climb is an absolute must when in Utrecht and will give you a much better understanding for the city from above.

Climbing the tour is by guided tour only, lasting 60 minutes total. There are 465 steps to climb (yup!) so make sure you wear your comfy shoes before you commence your climb of the highest church tower in the Netherlands.

The climb begins at the Tourist Office and you can purchase tickets on the day.

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The city of Utrecht comes to life in the evenings, when the canals reflect the buildings and their light. Be sure to wander late in to the evening to really get a feel for this city – there’s a lot to discover in the cobblestone alleyways!

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Cheap Eats Around Town

Frites Atelier

Although they began in Amsterdam, I discovered the Frites Atelier in Utrecht and my goodness what a find! These fancy fries are as good as they sound with house made sauces like “Deep Truffle”, “French Bernaise” and “Indian Curry”. There are also flavour specials like “Indo Peanut” to discover, which come with fried onions, peanut sauce, rempejek and lime zest. Life made.

Frietwinkel

For research marketing purposes I made it my business to try another frites shop in town: Frietwinkel. This is more of a traditional offering and a really popular choice for locals. The only downside was the minimal sauce (though I am someone who has more sauce than fries most of the time!)

Stach

This bakery is originally from Amsterdam but I loved it so much I had to give their Utrecht store a mention. They specialise in meringues, cookies, and traditional Dutch sweets (like stroopwaffle).

De Oude Muntkelder

In need of a pick-me-up? I’ve got just the answer for you! The best poffertjes (dutch pancakes) in town are said to be had at De Oude Muntkelder. These pancakes are covered in icing sugar and full o’ goodness (by no means sugar free or anything free)!

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Free cookies at the cookie factory!

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A healthier dinner option from SLA (vegetarian and vegan)

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Seek Out the Miffy Traffic Light

Sometimes I get a little (way) too excited about tourist attractions you won’t find elsewhere in the world, like the “Miffy Traffic Light”. I only learnt on arrival that the creator of Miffy was a resident of Utrecht, making Miffy a celebrity of the city!

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A Day Trip to Kasteel De Haar

On my last afternoon in Utrecht I made a mission out of riding my bicycle to De Haar Castle, an apparent 50-minute ride out of Utrecht. With many wrong turns and failed attempts at gear changes (haha) I made it there in around an hour (okay, maybe a little more).

The castle closes at 5:00pm in the evening, so be sure to around before 4:00pm if you plan on going inside. The entrance fee is 10€ or for entrance to the gardens only it is 5€. Due to my late arrival I only had time to enter the gardens, but what I did see was certainly worth while!

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Check In: Malie Hotel

For my stay in Utrecht I checked in to Malie Hotel, located in a residential neighbourhood which gave me the perfect excuse to go complete “Dutchie” and ride a bike everywhere! The hotel offers rental bikes for 8€ a day, which seems like a pretty reasonable deal to get around.

Walking to the town centre was a 20 minute trip one way, which gave me all the more reason to stop at my favourite ice cream shop on the way home every day! The buffet breakfast was really generous and if you’re after a nice hotel out of the city centre, this is the perfect choice.

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A huge thank you to Visit Utrecht for welcoming me to explore the city and supporting my visit with endless recommendations and research! I loved my time in Utrecht – all opinions and photos are my own.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

A Day Trip to De Haar Castle in the Netherlands!

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During my time in the Netherlands I had one wish: to see a castle. Whether it be from a train or a plane above, I was sure I would see a castle of two through my travels. Nope. Nada. So when I researched where to find the castles in the Netherlands I came across De Haar Castle, said to be the prettiest castle in the entire country and only a short drive away from a city I was visiting: Utrecht.

I had only two nights in Utrecht so I first made sure I saw everything I wanted to see in the city, then made plans to visit the castle. Given that the public bus to and from the castle took one hour each way and Google maps suggested bike riding would be slightly less than that (47 minutes), I rented a bike for €8 and went on my merry way to the castle.

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Visit the Village of Haarzuilens

As it would turn out, the 47 minutes soon turned in to 90 as I mistakenly made wrong turns, was led to locked gates, and finally found a local village person to ask for directions. The castle closes at 5:00pm and I arrived at 4:15pm, so I was somewhat unsurprised to learn that I could no longer enter the castle itself, only being allowed access to the grounds (which was still so worth it!)

On my way to the castle I got lost inside the Village of Haarzuilens, built at the turn of the 19th century after a fire swept through the castle. The village itself is enough of an attraction – built in the same style of the castle with red and white stripes at every turn. I would highly recommend visiting the village after the castle (there’s a great pub / eatery in the centre of “town”).

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The Castle Grounds

Given that my entry was restricted to the gardens and I was still on a time limit, I found myself prancing around the grounds in a half-sprint, half-dance, too happy to care that it was raining with gloomy skies. I know, I know, castles aren’t that exciting to Europeans, but for an Australian who lives on an island, I was in heaven!

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Inside the Castle

If you’re smarter than me (not difficult) and arrive prior to the closing time, be sure to buy a ticket to enter the castle and learn about its history. Entrance to the gardens was €5 versus entry to the castle and gardens for €10. I’d allow at least 2 hours to enjoy the castle and grounds, as well as another hour to explore the nearby village. Bike riding was by no means a bad idea (it took me precisely 47 minutes to cycle back to Utrecht), but may not be the best idea I’ve ever had when it starts pouring down with rain. The alternative would be the public bus or to drive – both options that will keep you dry (and prevent getting lost – which isn’t as good a story now, is it?)

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Thanks to Visit Utrecht for welcoming me to the city!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

A Day Trip to Delft, Netherlands

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A medium sized city just a 30 minute tram ride from The Hague, Delft is surely the most picturesque stop on any traveller’s Netherlands tour. Known for its blue and white ceramics and beautiful old town, Delft was my favourite find on this trip through the country and if I could change anything about my itinerary it would have been to spend at least one but preferably two nights here. If you find yourself in The Hague looking for a day trip or would prefer to base yourself in Delft to explore the region, here is a complete guide to Delft, Netherlands!

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Introducing Delft, Netherlands

A city more than 750 years old, Delft was built around a canal known as Oude Delft (old Delft) and later many other canals were dug around the city to make Delft what it is today. In the Netherlands and beyond, Delft is most known for their blue and white ceramics known as “Delftware” (believe me, if you don’t know what they are yet, you will by the time you leave!) It is also my top choice for the prettiest city in the Netherlands, moreover one of my top picks for Europe as a whole (seriously, this place is a postcard waiting to happen!)

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A Day Trip from The Hague

Arriving in Delft is by train, tram or car, depending on the rest of your itinerary in The Netherlands. For me, I chose to visit Delft as a day trip from the Hague as it was just a few minutes by train or a 30 minute tram ride from the city centre (I chose the latter so I could see more between the two two cities).

Given the compact size of the city and in particular the old town where you are likely to spend your time, a day trip is plenty of time to discover the city of Delft. It is however the kind of place you could spend a few days wandering at leisure, trying out all the different cafes and bakeries, so it wouldn’t be a bad option to base yourself here to explore the region (and probably cheaper than The Hague).

Things to See

Nieuwe Kerk – Protestant place of worship housing the tomb of William of Orange.

Oude Kerk – 13th Century Gothic-Protestant church with an impressive 9-tonne bell.

Main Square – The liveliest part of town and a great chance to sample local produce.

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Around Town: Shops, Cafes & Bakeries!

The greatest joy of Delft is just to wander without rhyme or reason, popping in and out of little boutiques that take your interest! Here are a few of my favourites:

Chocolaterie De Lelie – Hands down the best gelato in town (SO GOOD!)

Ten to Three Bakery – The cutest bakery in town – great little people watching spot, too!

Vintage Island – Really cute vintage shop – full of day dresses for your Euro wardrobe.

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Delft by boat, walk or bicycle

There are a few ways to see the city and if you have more time to enjoy the city, I’d recommend trying all three. Seeing Delft from the water is a relaxing way to see the city, as well as getting a commentary on the history and happenings as you float along.

Walking the city is by far the most popular choice as the city is mostly flat (like much of the Netherlands) and the only difficulty you will encounter is dodging bicycles who whizz past you!

The final option is to join the Dutchies and grab a bicycle for yourself (and by grab I mean rent one – ha!) This is a great way to explore any Dutch city of town, but just remember to stay to your right, ring your bell when approaching pedestrians, and use your arm to signal a turn before it happens. Voila!

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Souvenirs to take home

As you will soon see, the city of Delft takes a lot of pride in its Delftware and there are many shops selling various levels of quality for you to purchase and take home. If you’re a souvenir kind of person (me personally, I am not) then this would be a great keepsake to take home from your travels to remind you of the Netherlands.

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Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Checking In: The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

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I knew it would be a fairytale evening the moment I walked through the impressive glass doors of the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam. On previous visits to the city I had kept my accommodation low key and more towards the budget side, so I was eager to check in to this ultra luxe hotel in the canals district of Amsterdam, for a night I will surely never forget.

Amsterdam is a romantic city in every sense of the word. While it doesn’t compare to Paris, this city built on canals has a complete magic of its own. I arrived in Amsterdam in the late morning, catching the train to the city for convenience. From there I made my way to the Pulitzer Hotel; my home for the evening.

While I knew it would be too early to check in, I dropped my bags with the porter and pledged to return later in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time to freshen up before my later afternoon boat ride on the hotels’ house boat aptly named The Tourist.

My first impressions were that I should have booked a second night, for this would be one hotel stay I would never dream of forgetting. The Pulitzer is the quintessential experience one imagines when arriving in Amsterdam: looking out over the canals at dusk, sipping a glass of whatever is on offer, opening the window and soaking in the atmosphere of one of Europe’s finest cities.

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The Room

The minute I checked in to my room I had flashbacks of some of my favourite hotel experiences the world over. Grungy like downtown Manhattan, the hotel has an effortless appeal with playful splashes of mustard and deep purples, giving it an art deco feel. My room was located at the back of the hotel, giving me an absolutely perfect view of the canals out my window (which open 1/3 of the way).

The bedding is plush, cozy, and allowed me to kick jetlag in one night of uninterrupted sleep. All of the mod cons are featured – cable television, light control from the bed, and everything one would expect from such a swish establishment. On arrival I was greeted by stroopwaffles (a packet of which is replenished throughout your stay!!!) and some macarons (salted caramel, no less!)

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Dining at The Pulitzer

As the hotel occupies a huge number of canal houses (all interconnected), I made it my business to explore the hotel at great length. For a fancy evening meal the hotel has Jansz, which is also where you can enjoy breakfast. As someone who likes to keep it casual when travelling (unless its a special occasion), I grabbed a light bite from Pause, the hotel’s casual restaurant that is mostly popular during the day time when many locals frequent the hotel’s public spaces.

The Pulitzer breakfast was a force to be reckoned with. From croissants as good as those to be found in Paris through to fancy eggs on brioche (yummmm), there was no way I would be needing lunch that day.

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The House Boat

Before flying out for Europe I made it my business to research each and every inch of what the hotel has to offer. After all, this was a once in a lifetime kind of deal! I was excited to read that the hotel offered boat tours on the canals of Amsterdam, all from the comfort of their beautiful house boat. It didn’t take more than two photos to convince me I must make this a part of my stay, so I booked my magical afternoon for the day I arrived in the city.

The house boat tour takes place on “The Tourist” and lasts around 75 minutes. From the iconic canal houses you will make your way out to the outskirts of Amsterdam, all the while being given a detailed account of the city and its history. If it weren’t for this boat and our captain, I wouldn’t have learned fun facts like the canal house “hooks”, used to lift furniture in to the higher levels of the houses.

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Overall: Would I Recommend?

If you’re reading about it here on my blog, you know its good! The Pulitzer was a once-in-a-lifetime kinda hotel stay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who has an appreciation for interior design, who feels like they should have been born in New York during the art deco age, or who just loves a good canal house view to wake up to. This was an absolutely faultless stay and if you’re looking for a night of modern luxury, this is where to find it in Amsterdam!

A huge thank you to the Pulitzer Hotel for welcoming me to Amsterdam! All photos + opinions of my stay are my own.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Amsterdam Photo Diary

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I hardly know where to begin when it comes to selecting a reasonable amount of images to portray my time in Amsterdam (believe me, there were A LOT to choose from). These few days flew by so quickly and, if it weren’t for my desire to see more of the Netherlands on this trip, I could have easily stayed here a whole week to explore.

Below you will find a selection of images that I believe showcase what Amsterdam is all about (through my eyes/lens). Beyond the canals I have tried to capture the minor details which are often overlooked, the way of life in the Netherlands and of course, all of the food!

Each image comes with a brief caption – often a description but sometimes a thought from that moment. I hope you enjoy!

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Amsterdam via canal boat.

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A walk through Jordaan.

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The change of the seasons.

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(if you dare).

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Near to the Anne Frank House.

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My favourite wonky corner in all of Amsterdam.

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Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam.

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We’ll call it “Spring Snow”.

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Apartment dreaming.

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Although difficult to see, there are large hooks on the top of every canal house in Amsterdam. This is used to pull furniture up to the higher floors. 

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Found in the 9 shopping streets.

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Dreamy reflections.

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“The Tourist” canal boat.

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Good morning you.

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Canal houses.

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Happiness comes cheap.

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Neighbourhood strolls (cont…)

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Do what you love – love what you do.

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A walk through the more colourful part of town (ahem…!)

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Cheese is to the Dutch what gelato is to the Italians.

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In the evening time the bridges light up in streams of solid globes – don’t miss it!

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Whilst photographing the flower pots on this particular bridge, the lady who planted them came over to give an inspiring talk about “her garden” (which was 3 pots total). She was the kind of person that would let you pat their dog. Sadly, no dog in sight.

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Sausage dog

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Checking in: The lovely Pulitzer Hotel

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< lamp shade >

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Favourite shots (Part I)

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Favourite shots (part II)

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Bikes, in whatever shape or form, reign supreme.

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Do you even meringue?

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Little red car

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On board “The Tourist” and feeling more Angelina Jolie than ever.

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De Nederlands

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“Its a blogger favourite” said my host. Y’all can see why. Pulitzer Hotel.

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Nutella filled donut balls. HEAVEN IS REAL.

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Patatje Oorlog (potato fries topped with peanut satay sauce, mayo, onions). Nom.

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The local

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Souveniers

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Happy – in a world of colour

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Ze coffeeshops (not my thing, but maybe yours)

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I can sniff out pastry shops from miles away. This one was especially pretty.

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Vaarwell, Amsterdam!

Thanks for dropping by! Interested in the camera gear I use?

I took all of the above images on my Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II. Most images are using my new 25mm PRO lens. Some of the landscape shots were taken with my 12-40mm PRO lens.

I edit my photos with lightroom.

You can find more of my photography tips and tricks here.

Please leave any questions or lovely comments below – I would love to answer any Q’s!

NOTE: All images are mine except for the ones containing me. They were taken by the lovely Omar.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The Best Cheap Eats in Amsterdam

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Stumbling across cheap and delicious food is a win on any given day, but especially so when you find yourself on the beautiful but outright expensive streets of Amsterdam. The good news is there are plenty of great street food stalls and hole in the wall friteshuis’ to discover, so without any further convincing, I present to you the best cheap eats in Amsterdam!

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Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx

Hands down the best fries in all of Amsterdam and according to their sign, “The Best Frites in Holland”. While I haven’t tried all of the fries in Holland myself, I can say with certainty that these are some of the best fries I’ve had in my life. You can opt for the traditional “patatje oorlog” (fries topped with peanut satay sauce, YUM) or for any number of combinations (you can’t beat ketchup and mayo if you ask me!)

Vlaams Friteshuis | Voetboogstraat 33, 1012 XK Amsterdam

Price: €2.90 for a medium serve, €0.70 per sauce (cash only)

Greenwoods Keizersgracht

Located on the Keizersgracht is a great little find for those in-the-know. This would be my first choice for brunch or breakfast in Amsterdam, and for an Australian who is spoilt for choice back home, that’s a pretty big call to make! The cafe are super accommodating for veggies and vegans, making this one of my top spots for cheap eats. (Hot tip: Greenwoods is also located on Singel canal).

Greenwoods Keizersgracht | Keizersgracht 465, 1017 DK Amsterdam

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Burgerlijk

Cheap and burgers are usually two words you’ll see together, but the good news is these burgers are good, too. When I stopped by Burgerlijk they had sold out of veggie burgers, but a local expat assured me these are some of the best burgers in town – or at least in the touristy areas of Amsterdam of which you are likely to find yourself on vacation. Check out their instagram for some drool worthy pics.

Burgerlijk | Runstraat 1, 1016 GJ Amsterdam

Price: €5.50 for a base burger, additional for cheese, sauces and frites

PIQNIQ

I do love a resident cafe cat and at PIQNIQ you’ll be welcomed as a guest in Pedro’s home. Although the food is nothing to write home about (not bad by any means but nothing super special), I have to mention PIQNIQ for being one of the cutest little cafes in Amsterdam. This place is usually packed so be prepared to wait for a table if you come at peak times.

PIQNIQ |Lindengracht 59 hs, 1015 KC Amsterdam

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De Drie Graefjes

When I read online that this was “the best red velvet cake ever”, I knew immediately that I would have to go and check it out. While the red velvet cake wasn’t quite all it was cracked up to be, the hot chocolate gave me faith in the reasoning behind this cafe’s superstar rating online. Its cute, cheap, and full of cakes. What more could you need!?

De Drie Graefjes | Rokin 128, 1012 LC Amsterdam

Price: €4 for a slice of cake (which is so huge you’ll need a takeaway bag)

Jacketz

Want cheap food that will fill you up? You can’t go past a hot jacket potato (seriously, who has ever had a bad one of these babies!?!?) Jacketz is home to just this and you’ll be sure to thank me later. The toppings are plentiful and generous – but best of all, its cheap!

Jacketz | Kinkerstraat 56, 1053 Amsterdam

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Vegan Junk Food Bar

This. Place. Is. Bomb. One of my readers (shout out to Taylor!!!) thought to take me here and I’ve gotta say, it was one of those meals you’re so happily confused about that you’re almost certain you will talk about it for months to come. Not knowing that vegan food could taste so good, I was pretty hesitant at first. How wrong I was. From burgers to cheese croquettes and all of the delicious deep-fried goodness one could imagine, this place was ridiculously tasty. The only down side? Vegan food will never taste the same again.

Vegan Junk Food Bar | Staringplein 22, 1054 VL Amsterdam

Price: €8.50 for a deliciously filling burger

De Vier Pilaren

Pancakes, anyone? Here’s where you’ll find some of the best in town AND they’re cheap. Located near Vondelpark (which isn’t far from the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum) is this cute little pancake eatery that tastes as sweet as it looks.

De Vier Pilaren | Stadhouderskade 11, 1054 ES Amsterdam

Over to you! Any cheap eats you would like to add?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!