Amsterdam might not be a usual first choice as a honeymoon destination. It might not seem romantic, which was my initial thought, but I was wrong and I want to prove to you why. This option is perfect for couples who are planning a trip around Europe or are looking for a short city break!
I had always wanted to go to this city, not because of it’s smoke-filled cafés or the red light district, but because of the cute gabled houses and the endless canals. The days leading up to the trip my future fiancé and I researched and researched and made sure our four days in the Dutch city were complete from early in the morning until late at night. That’s how we like it!
As soon as we arrived we knew we were going to have an incredible time. We went mid October, we were lucky because it didn’t rain and it wasn’t that cold, meaning we could cycle and walk all we wanted, without worrying about the weather.
So what can you do to make this trip a perfect honeymoon destination? Well, you can rent a bicycle and explore the long cobbled canal streets, including the amazing Jordaan district, home to many art galleries, shops and restaurants. You can also discover the city’s largest park, Vondelpark, which at this time of the year is covered in brown, yellow and orange autumn leaves, very picturesque!
Best of all, you can hire a boat just for you and your partner, (like we did) and explore its more than one hundred kilometres of canals. We used Hertz and it was probably one of the best experiences ever. It was so romantic it was actually embarrassing at one point, people would take photographs of us as we past by, but it was worth it. We had blankets to keep us warm, a piece of cake and enough hot chocolate to survive the two hour tour.
To top of a romantic day, there are tons of restaurants to choose from, I highly recommend one in particular which can either work for lunch or dinner, The Pancake Bakery, which obviously offer the BEST pancakes in town. The place is very cosy, cute and has dimmed lights… just perfect!
If I still haven’t convinced you with the above, then maybe you should travel in spring time and add to your itinerary a visit to the region’s famous tulip fields which are bursting with colour.