Amsterdam Day 2 - windmill, art and canals
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 6 of 9 › view all entries
I had breakfast at the hostel (I think), then made my way to Molen van Sloten. I wanted to see a windmill or tulips, as those seemed classical (or stereotypical) Dutch. It was the wrong season for tulips, so a windmill it is! I got a free entrance to Molen van Sloten with the city card, so that was where I headed next. It was a long, but scenic walk. I passed a barge going through a draw bridge, so I stopped to watch.
I arrived at the windmill right when they opened at 10 am. The Sloten windmill is one of 500 still working windmills in the Netherlands and the only one in Amsterdam open to visitors daily. There was a little guided tour and I was able to climb up inside to the platform and get some nice views over the surrounding area.
After the windmill, I went to the Rijksmuseum and browsed the wonderful Dutch art. From there, I stopped at the I Amsterdam sign and then went to the van Gogh museum. Between the two museums, I spent several hours – pretty much all afternoon. I really enjoyed both museums (I think). I know I liked the Rijksmuseum, but can’t really remember the van Gogh museum. You weren’t allowed to take photos at the van Gogh museum. From the museums (they were very near each other), I walked over to take a canal cruise.
I took my first cruise during the day, so I could get better photos. We sat inside a low, flat boat with glass windows surrounding us. We passed the Anne Frank House and went out to the harbor behind Centraal station. We saw a brightly colored pirate ship looking boat, but I can’t remember what it was. We toured around the Het Ij (harbor) and went back in as the sun was beginning to set.
I don't recall what happened next, but I'm guessing I took another night train to Stuttgart, arriving in the morning, since my next entry suggests I was in Stuttgart by the next afternoon and without my overnight bag.