Preparing for a trip to The Netherlands

Monday, October 17, 2016

This Saturday we leave for a trip to spend 10 days in The Netherlands and I cannot wait. Our trip starts off with five nights in Rotterdam, a day trip in The Hague, finishing off with four nights in Amsterdam. As usual before any trip, I like to share a bunch of resources that I've found helpful, and hopefully if you go to The Netherlands you'll find these resources helpful, too!


Foodhallen, which is a newly opened food hall housed in a former electric tram warehouse. Sounds right up our alley. I'm also interested in checking out Dignita for brunch if we happen to be in the area. Thanks, Travelettes for the tip!

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It is easy to guess that I'll be visiting at least once. The botanical garden has kid's activities and some green houses, and I'm sure Baby ISO will enjoy some time to run around after being trapped in museums. ;)

I love Ai Weiwei's art, so we are planning to go see his exhibition "Safe Passage" at the Foam Museum. This exhibition is on until December 7, so plan a trip soon!

Another museum I'm interested in visiting is the Anne Frank Museum. It is worth it to note that they have just revamped their ticketing system, so be prepared to purchase tickets online in advance.  --> Bummer: just sat down to purchase tickets and they are sold out. If you plan to visit the Anne Frank Museum, I'd suggest booking your tickets about one month in advance. Don't wait until one week before like I did.

The website AmsterDo is jam packed with great restaurant recommendations and neighborhood information. I plan on using the website to search for recommended restaurants and things to do around our accommodation.

This post about 14 things to do in Amsterdam from Cultural Xplorer has some really unique suggestions. I'm going to look into the cheese tasting.

J's museum of choice is the Van Gogh Museum, so surely we will be making a visit.

Albert Cuypmarkt sounds like an awesome place to search for souvenirs. 

I love, love the blog Chapter Friday, and I think their Lattes and Laptops series is brilliant. During our few days in Amsterdam, I'll absolutely be trying a couple of their recommendations.



The number one thing J and I are excited about for Rotterdam is the Markthal. Wow, it looks absolutely amazing; J was even momentarily tempted to spend a ridiculous amount of money renting an AirBnb apartment in it.

In general, I've been reading a lot about how family friendly Rotterdam is -- this post by Travel with Bender is great -- which will be great for Baby ISO. I'm thinking we'll visit the Rotterdam Zoo since he is super into animals at the moment. The playgrounds everywhere will also be very helpful for entertaining my active toddler.

This post from Wandering Wings has some great budget suggestions for spending a day or two in Rotterdam. I'm sure we'll be using her tips!

As usual, I am in search of good, flavorful restaurants when traveling. We don't have many options for good Asian food or delicious Middle Eastern food, so that is what I'm hoping to indulge in while in The Netherlands (plus great coffee). For options so far, I've found Delibird Restaurant, which serves Thai food. De Pelgrim sounds like it serves great beers and stew.  Fenix Food Factory gets rave reviews and looks like an awesome food hall, and Bazar has Middle Eastern and North African food that looks amazing. There are some more tips on Expatica.

The Hague

A friend of ours recommended we visit The Hague and with it being only a 15 minute train ride away from Rotterdam, we jumped at the idea. This very comprehensive post about The Hague by the Travel Tester is absolutely something we will look into before our trip!

Somewhere along our trip in The Netherlands, I've got to remember to buy my mom some stroopwaffles. She loves them --> enjoy, mom!

Do you have any tips to share for our visit to The Netherlands? Anything we should be sure to do? What about local snacks we should try?


  1. Aw, that sounds lovely. Amsterdam was the first European city I ever fell in love with... although I can't believe I haven't been there in 9 years. Shameful! Can't believe how the ticket system at Anne Frank House has evolved... I remember just walking in and snagging a ticket!
    If the weather is good, take a paddle boat out and paddle around the canals - probably one of my favorite things! If you are still feeling museum-y after Van Gogh (which is wonderful), the Rijksmuseum is also great. Don't forget to buy oude kaas at a cheese shop - Dutch cheese is really the best! Have fun!

    1. I've never been to Amsterdam, so I'm really glad you said you love it. I'm very excited to go, and you should absolutely go for a return visit! Thank you for the museum tips! If Baby ISO isn't too toddler-y we'll go to the Rijksmuseum, and we absolutely will be buying cheese. Yeah for self-catering accommodations and the need to pick up a few things at the markets!

  2. Sounds like it's going to be an amazing trip!! :) I've never been to the Netherlands, but we hope to go one day.

    1. Thanks so much, Esther! We are really looking forward to the trip. I've never been to the Netherlands either and am excited to check it out. It really seems like an awesome country :)