Solo female travel in Amsterdam

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4.9/5Exciting

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5/5Very safe

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5/5Delicious

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3.3/5Moderate
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I highly recommend Generator Hostel in Amsterdam. I can recommend the free walking tours. I liked the red light district one. It was really interesting. I also spent 3/4 day in Zaansee Schanse and was absolutely in love with this little windmill village. It was just 30 minutes on the train from the main station and I rented a bike at the end station to ride around. It was one of my favorite days. Dutch Resistance museum was also great in Amsterdam.

Written November 30, 2022

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I grew up about 15 minutes from Amsterdam, so these are my recommendations. Museums: - Fashion for Good Museum - MOCO museum - Fabrique des Lumieres - Van Gogh museum (the best) - De Nieuwe Kerk - Foam museum Other fun stuff: - Canal cruise - WONDR experience - Ice skating on Museumplein - NDSM-werf - De Negen Straatjes (the nine streets) - Albert Cuypmarkt My favorite shops: - de Bijenkorf (mostly high-end stuff) - De IJ-hallen (vintage/second hand clothing) - Zipper - Episode - Kalverstraat (shopping street with mostly high street stores) - We Are Vintage Food: - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels - Vleminckx de Sausmeesters (the best fries ever) - Morgan and Mees (fancy instagrammable brunch) - Café twee prinsen - Café de Hoppe - Café Hans & Grietje

Written November 26, 2022

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I was in Amsterdam for 4 days and felt like it was way too long. Anne Frank's house is a must. I'd never forget my visit there. I didn't get tickets but I got lucky that I only waited for 20 minutes or so to get in just an hour before they closed. I enjoyed the museums and 9 street. Ace and Tate has fantastic, affordable eyewear. Otherwise, there wasn't much to do.

Written November 24, 2022

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I did a free walking tour, it was an amazing way to see the city and learn so much about Amsterdam. The Anne Frank house was an incredible experience. The Van Gogh Museum was interesting but I also really liked the Rijks Museum. I've stayed at Hostelle (which Iiked a lot but it is further out of the city which I did not enjoy) and Ecomama Hostel which I absolutely loved! It was central and very nice, and the staff was helpful! It was also quiet but social so it was never an issue trying to sleep.

Written November 20, 2022

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There is so much to do! - Rijksmuseum (you can also just sit in the historic library) - different markets and restaurants that sell these: poffertjes, oliebollen, stroop wafels and Dutch pannekoeken and if you are feeling adventurous, fresh haring! - Markets (Albert Cuyp and Bloemen Markt) - Volendam (really cute little village 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam. Easily get there by bus, definitely worth a day trip!) - Banksy Museum - 9 straatjes - Speigelgracht (in front of the Rijksmuseum. Tons of antique stores and galleries to browse through) - Bijenkorf (high end department store) - Begijnhof (a little courtyard/ monastery in the middle of the city) - Tonton (fun arcade) - Markthallen (tons of food choices from all over) - tour over the canals - Amsterdam Eye - Jewish Quarter - Anne Frank Museum (but this can be pretty booked up, usually you have to reserve in advanced) - Tons of cozy cafes, galleries, and shops everywhere!

Written November 19, 2022

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Moco, NXT, STRAAT and Fabrique des lumieres are very nice museums, same vibe! For breakfast/brunch I'd say go to George, Mr. stacks, Moak, the breakfastclub, Staring at Jacobs or Teds. For dinner you have to make a reservation at Lolo's and Fiko, both italian. Cafe in the city for sushi and nice vibe. Bar rouge also for the vibe/entertainment and sushi! Bangkok for thai/asian, restaurant but not a very special place to sit but the food is great. Shisho for the best all you can eat Sushi. Monopoly burger and Artisani for fastfood/Burgers and try their wafflefries plate. Go a day to Zaandam to the Zaanse Schans. It's close to Amsterdam, Zaandam has a cute centre and the Zaanse Schans is like an old dutch village with windmills and all that, really cute. Oh and do the canalcruise in Amsterdam at the end of your day and try stroopwafels in the centre when you're there. Try out poffertjes because that's one of the best foods that the Netherlands has/

Written November 10, 2022

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Mortimer is one of my fav breakfast/brunch places there!! I also really like the Pancake Bakery (deff worth the wait if there is one and it goes fast). Van Gogh museum is a must see but make sure to book your timed tickets ahead of time, same w Anne frank! There’s loads of thrift stores as well if you look around in the center. My all time fave thing to do there is go on a boat ride! The Dam Boat guys are great and hilarious but leemstar is amazing as well — they’re more sophisticated if you prefer that.

Written November 6, 2022

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I went a few weeks ago and it was amazing . I definitely recommend getting a travel card there only like £15 and you can use it on the underground and the trams for a few days (don’t get taxis). The zoo was so good we was there for a few hours and there’s some really cute cafes near by. Volare is a really nice Italian restaurant not too far from the centre. Van Stapele sells the best cookies ever although you have to queue for about 20 minutes. And you should definitely do a boat tour. There’s so much to do and find in Amsterdam. We went without planning anything but managed to do loads in the end.

Written November 6, 2022

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I just came back from Amsterdam. Definitely go to the Van Gogh museum and/or Moco museum. Really nice vibe for dinner is Lolo not far from the centre but book because it gets very busy!!

Written November 5, 2022

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For Amsterdam, I of course recommend the big museums like Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum and Stedelijk Mueseum if you like modern and contemporary art. But some other less known museums that I recommend is the Van Loo house museum, the Rembrandt Museum and the Bags & Purses museum. My favourite thing to do in Amsterdam is walk in the area 9 Streets (9 Straatjes in Dutch). There are many cute little shops and cafés. I like grabbing a bite and a drink at Pluk, some chocolate covered strawberries at Polaberry, a bubble tea at Chun, a rich chocolate cookie at Van Stapele, depending on the mood. Do try stroopwaffels from Van Wonderen as well, there are so many to choose from and all delicious. I also recommend taking a canal boat tour, it's so atmospheric and you really get to see a lot of the city. If you like burgers, for dinner I recommend The Butcher, they have several locations in town and their burgers are really juicy. For something a bit different, I recommend Wondr Experience and This is Holland as fun experiences. In the first you can take very instagrammable pictures and videos and in the latter, you get to fly over The Netherlands in a kind of VR and you learn a lot about the history of the country as a whole. Other fun things to do is the Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Madame Toussaud's. They are both in Dam square, one of the main squares of the city that is a must-see. There is also the Royal Palace which is worth visiting and the Nieuwe Kerk which sometimes houses interesting exhibitions. Finally, a stroll through the Red Light district is a must in Amsterdam. I recommend going at twilight, when it's still light out but the red lights start to shine bright already. If you're feeling it, check out a sex shop, a live sex show or go to the Erotic Museum. And if you ever get hungry and want a snack, Dutch people are crazy for food from the wall. For just a couple of euros down a vending machine type slot, you can get warm fried snacks and even burgers from places like Febo and Smullers. A must try aspect of Dutch culture!

Written October 25, 2022

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Things to do: I did a bike tour, went to the Van Gogh museum and walked around the red light district at night. Recommendations: Definitely take a day trip to another city! There’s so much more to the Netherlands than just Amsterdam. I’d recommend Utrecht, Leiden or Den Haag. Trains are very easy to use and pretty affordable, and none of those places are more than an hour away!

Written October 23, 2022

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Definitely do the Anne Frank House and get there as early as possible to avoid the LONNNNNNG lines. I enjoyed the Van Gogh Museum, too. Everyone in the Netherlands uses bikes for transportation. It’s quite flat there and very bike-friendly. I rented a bike to explore Amsterdam and it was perfect!

Written October 9, 2022

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Itinerary: Day 1: - Amsterdam Royal Palace/Dam Square - Walk through the Beurspassage - Begijnhof hofje - Explore Jordaan district Day 2: - Go to the Rijksmuseum - Go see houses of 7 countries (Zevenlandenhuizen) - Visit Albert Cuyp Markt - Vist botanical garden-Hortus Botanicus Day 3: - Take free ferry from Amsterdam Centraal to Buiksloterweg - Try A’DAM Lookout swing - Go to WONDR Experience and/or Roller Dreams - 9 Streets Area for shopping Safety: Yes, I felt pretty safe. Just keep your wits about you like you would in any big city and you'll be fine. Accommodation: While in Amsterdam, I stayed in The Bulldog. Great location, clean and multiple bathrooms. Recommendations: Do not rent a Bike. Just go by tram, metro or train. It’s an easy way and gets you everywhere.

Written September 4, 2022

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Itinerary: Day 1: - Visit Rijksmuseum - Marvel at the Gingerbread Houses - Enjoy a visit to the Vondelpark Day 2: - Go on a bike tour - Visit Van Gogh Museum - Enjoy city views from Blue Amsterdam Day 3: - Cruise the canal - Shop at Bloemenmarkt - Enjoy a taste of Dutch herring Day 4: - Catch a glimpse of street art at NDSM - Take a walking tour of Keukenhof Gardens - Enjoy delicious food at FoodHallen Safety: I felt very safe. Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world Accommodation: I really enjoyed the Flying Pig hostel because of the amount of young people and the fact it is right down town Amsterdam. Recommendations: For tulips the best place to go is Lisse.

Written August 28, 2022

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Itinerary: Day 1: - Dam Square - Van Gogh Museum - Heineken Experience Day 2: - Canal Cruise - Anne Frank House - Bloemenmarket - Dancing Houses - A’DAM Lookout Day 3: - Magere Brug - MOCO - Rijksmuseum - Vondelpark - Albert Cuyp Market - Red Light District Safety: I didn't worry about safety. Amsterdam is as safe as any other European capital. Accommodation: Stayed at Hostelle and absolutely loved it. Recommendations: Don't bike if you cannot bike confidently. Dutch people don’t like tourists who do that.

Written August 21, 2022

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Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. If you’re open to smoking things. I recommend Katsu Coffee Shop! It’s so cute and has such a great vibe. Take one of the silly canal tours because it’s so fun to see the city like this. Go to the Van Gough and/or the Rijksmuesum of course!

Written August 17, 2022

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Itinerary: Day 1: - Noordermarkt - Bike tour - Van Gogh museum Day 2: - Rijksmuseum - Windows shopping along Kalverstaat - Anne Frank House Day 3: - Jewish Museum and Portuguese synagogue - Red light district - 1h Canal tour Safety: It’s absolutely safe. Avoid outlying neighborhoods late at night, but in the city center you're as safe as can be. Accommodation: Stayed at Flying Pig Downtown and it was one of the best hostels I have stayed in. Perfect location right in the center. Recommendations: If you are thinking about going to the Anne Frank house make sure to buy your tickets well in advance.

Written August 14, 2022

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Things to do: - Canal boat tour - Our Lord in the Attic Museum - Anne Frank House - Van Gogh Museum - Rijksmuseum Safety: I felt safe all the time. Accommodation: Stayed at Flying Pig Downtown. Great location, good atmosphere, would recommend and stay again. Recommendations: Book tickets for museums in advance. The ones I really recommend are Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Museum.

Written August 7, 2022

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Things to do: - Rijksmuseum - Van Gogh Museum - Anne Frank House - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - Vondelpark - ARTIS - NEMO Science Museum - Rembrandt House Museum - Red light district Safety: Amsterdam is a pretty safe city to travel by yourself. Didn't have any issue at all. Budget: - Breakfast: 17€ - Rented bicycle: 10€ per day - A glass of wine: 6€ - Tram ticket: 4€ - Cappuccino: 4€ - Museum tickets: 15€ - Bagel: 7€ - Train ticket: 20€ - Lunch: 17€ - A glass of prosecco: 6€ - Aperol: 6€ Accommodation: Stayed at The Hans Brinker hostel. Great location and is fairly cheap. Recommendations: If you go to the red light district please be respectful of the workers and don’t take pictures :)

Written July 31, 2022

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If you have the chance to get to Amsterdam, I HIGHLY recommend the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum- I’m slightly partial to the Van Gogh Museum, but that’s just because he’s my favorite artist. The boat tours that they do in the major cities are super interesting, and are a good way to find the locations of architecture to later find and photograph while learning about the history of the city. If you’re able, get some poffertjes (mini pancakes)! Frikandel and kroket are also super good- be sure get an order of fries with them! (Frikandel is almost like a sausage, but doesn’t really have a casing like most sausages, and kroket is a breaded and fried meat ragout.)

Written July 27, 2022

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Hi I am from the Netherlands :D! Into new stories and experiences :D, meeting stuff, traveling, Fire, I am a cosplayer who is in Traveling all The time. Nerd. Into gaming and food as Well. Woman are way hotter than guys obviously :P. Like to meet extraordinary people who are respectful but sometimes a little crazy to hang out with ^^ for new friendships :D
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My name is Maria I’m a 29 year old creative soul who love to meet new people. By meeting new people I get inspired to create.

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I'm visiting Amsterdam for a few days for vacations and looking for company. I come from India and currently staying in Germany. I'm quite interested in visiting museums, visiting and knowing the city and partying. Would love to join people 😄
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I’m a working student in Amsterdam, doing a lot of cycling and tea drinking, a bit of dancing, painting, and studying:)
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Hey! My name is Aurora (22) and I live in the Netherlands. I’m a student Spanish Language and Culture (doing a minor in Theatre Studies) and last year I traveled “alone” for the first time and really enjoyed it! Now I would like to travel more, whenever I have the time/money :) I’m here to get in touch with other travelers, so feel free to hit me up! If you are in Amsterdam (or planning to) and you would like some company, I’d love to meet up for some coffee/tea etc. and have a chat. I’m also open to language exchange and to go partying!

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Looking to start my solo traveling journey, and wanting to travel during the Christmas holidays. I’m a student at University studying Mechanical Engineering. I love hiking and sightseeing. Exploring new opportunities around me. I love to read and learn new things.
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Looking to start my solo traveling journey, and wanting to travel during the Christmas holidays. I’m a student at University studying Mechanical Engineering. I love hiking and sightseeing. Exploring new opportunities around me. I love to read and learn new things.

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Amsterdam is a very safe place to visit as a solo female traveller. Check Travel Ladies for more detailed safety reviews and experiences.
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