Everyone has that love/hate relationship with hen’s parties. When you’re on one its great, and you have the best time but if you come across one then it could be the worse time. (Yes, women and men can get quite rowdy).
WHEN TO GO
Myself, a group of other 6 hens and the bride flew to Amsterdam at the beginning of May to start our 3 day hen bonanza.
Amsterdam is one of the most electric cities in the world, and although I have traveled to Holland twice in my life there are a few things that I didn’t do/see that I regret.
1. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldesr botanical gardens in existence today with a beautiful hexagonal pavillion.
Kitten Café Kattencafe Kopjes Amsterdam
Kitten cafe is situated around a 25/30 minute walk from Vondelpark. You are 100% guaranteed to have some kitty action from the 8 rescue cats and you can also order a ‘cattuccino’.
€3 for 2 hours (all proceedings go to the cat’s food and wellbeing)
Plan & Pre Book
There are so many different things to do in Amsterdam that it can get a bit overwhelming if you are only there for a few days. As the tourism in the city is quite high, you are going to expect to queue for different attractions. If you are planning on visiting places such as Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum Museum then book in advance. You can pre book online which means you will skip all those nasty queues. The iamamsterdam.com website is a great place for tips on what/where/how on all things Amsterdam and you can also book the tickets through to website. There is also something called I Amsterdam City Card which gives you free unlimited travel on public transport for the duration of your stay, a free canal cruise, free city map and free entry to all the major and best attractions. For a full list of attractions and prices of the card to match the duration of your stay please check it out here.
Bikes over Cars
As soon as you step into central Amsterdam you will notice that cars are over run by bicycles. They are everywhere you look, and that includes cycle lanes. If there is one major thing that I have learnt is that you do not walk in the cycle lane. People get very angsty and understandably, I get why. One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is too rent a bike and get lost in the canals.