LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Known for its intricate artistic heritage, carefully arranged canal system, and narrow houses with its tilted gabled facades, Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. Enjoy reading this article and LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. Amsterdam can also be called The City of Museums with around 75 interesting big and small museums occupying a special place in the city. 
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Located on canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in the central Amsterdam area. The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and a biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

Anne Frank Museum (Source: Wikimedia)

One of the major attraction to visit in Amsterdam. The Ann Frank Museum was opened on 3rd May 1960 that preserves the hiding place of Anne Frank during World War II. When she hid from the Nazi persecution with her family. The museum also has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank and also has an exhibit on all forms of persecution and discrimination.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM: One of the world’s most well known artist Vincent Van Gogh, who needs no introduction, for his work over the years have spoken for itself. 
The Van Gogh Museum features the work of the legendary artist with over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, along with works of other famous artists.
Van Gogh’s work has been organized in a chronological order into the five periods with each representing a different period of his life and work.
DAM SQUARE: A popular square in Amsterdam, jostling with activity throughout the day with visits by locals as well as the foreign tourists. Dam Square is a favorite gathering place with frequent events being organized making it an extremely popular square. 
Home to scores of pigeons and the street artists the Dam Square is a leisure destination for shoppers and foodies with lots of restaurants and food stalls to indulge. Many famous attractions around the square are an Icing on the cake for the visitors.
RIJKS MUSEUM: Dedicated to the Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages, the Rijks museum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam South. Showcasing a gamut of famous art and a huge variety of artifacts which throw a light on more than 800 years old Dutch and global history.
Being one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most iconic museum, the Rijksmuseum has on display some world famous paintings by renowned artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer’s to name a few. With 80 galleries and 8000 objects on display the Rijksmuseum is a treasure house with never enough time to go through all the collections.
The scenic magnificence of the sculpture – filled sprawling gardens designed by Pierre Cuypers in 1901, with intricate topiaries, water features and a vast spectrum of colorful flowerbeds are simply breathtaking.
EFTELING: Let’s take a break from all the museums and head for the Efteling Themed Amusement Park which takes you into a fantasy world. Opened on 31st May 1952, the amusement park is located in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands and takes around one hour to reach from Amsterdam.
The fairy tale forest is a major attraction with kids as well as the grown-ups which takes you back to Cindrella and Hansel and  Gratel stories which we read as kids. With a bounty of attractions to explore from the Efteling Themed Park has its own steam train which circles the parks magic kingdom.
Spoilt for choice there are plenty of thrill rides, haunted houses, dark rides, flying Dutchman roller coaster, an alluring water show, boat ride through the beautiful lake and so much more.
Efteling Theme Park also has  themed hotels on its premises, along with two holiday parks, a golf park and a theater too.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris – It’s Not Just A Tower!

Eiffel Tower, Paris – It’s Not Just A Tower!

For our first ever Europe trip, we kept 3 days or rather 2.5 days for Paris. City of Love, City of Fashion, City of Lights, Paris is always in top list for any traveller. With the same height of love with Paris, we kept Paris as one of our destination. We planned this trip in April’16 and we felt freezing there. It was cold and windy and I surprised how natives would be surviving when its actually winter. We landed to Paris on 27th afternoon and by 5 PM, we were in the hotel. What to do with the first evening in Paris, with no doubts we had tickets for Eiffel Tower. This is one of the most recognisable structure in the world and has become a global culture icon of France. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Tickets Booking

We booked our tickets online 1 month in advance from Eiffel Tower official website http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/preparing-your-visit/buying-your-tickets.html. If you are planning Paris trip, we recommend you to book your tickets much in advance. Specially, the top floor is not easily available and you need to keep a watch on available slots.

Ticket Price, Timings and Other Info

Ticket price is 17 Euro and I felt it is not that too expensive. For timings and other info, we recommend to keep checking official website. There may be changes in visiting timings by the officials and info is updated on the site.

Around the Eiffel Tower

You will find lot of street Vendors around the Eiffel tower selling Junk Food, Drinks, Accessories, Eiffel Tower Show Pieces and sometimes you will find them selling Liquor also late night. Sometimes these street Vendors may be annoying and try hard to sell their stuff. Being a tourist you need to be smart to avoid them.

Please Hold my Camera, I need a Memorable Click

Before travelling, I read lot of reviews suggesting not to handover your camera to unknown. There are cases when this unknown may run away with your camera and there is no one to help you. The strangers may be well dressed so you better not to trust anyone. With these reviews back in my mind, I was very cautious asking someone to capture a life time click of mine. Thanks to the invention of selfie! Jokes apart, you need to be cautious and that’s the only precaution.

Overall Experience

One of the dream came true when we witnessed this world famous monument. Paris evening with an amazing weather, glittering lights glazing around the Eiffel Tower, a mesmerising view from top of the tower, it was an unforgettable evening. Hope to see this beauty again!

 

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Disney Land Paris – An Absolute Fun Land!

Disney Land Paris – An Absolute Fun Land!

A fairy-tale story we all would have heard in the childhood, a world of cartoon characters (as we name them) which always attracts us, those smiley faces who are always filled with joy, all these you experience when you land into Disneyland. It looks you got an entry into a whole new world which is full of magic and fun. This place may be more attracted to child per say, but were not you kids at one point of time. As a child, we always wished to be part of their life and so everyone enjoys and be the part of this fantasy Disney world. Our whole day went into straight fun and we didn’t realize the tiredness or dizziness.

We got entry into Walt Disney Studios around 11 AM. Entrance welcomes you with musical band and few shops with magical lightening.

Once you are through the lobby, you get into an open space and there are different blocks/building to visit per your interests. To name few; Disney classic Theatre which takes around 30-45 minutes depending on the visitors queue, Studio Tram Tour which takes 45-60 minutes depending on the queue again. We started with Disney Classic Theatre which I would call not so exiciting.

Then we headed to Studio Tram Tour which was worth visiting. On this small train journey, we seen small studio setup (which they call Behind the Magic tour) where many movies have been filmed.

Our next stop was ‘Lincoln Logs’ which we felt we could have avoided. Long waiting queue and it consumed almost 1 hour and then we found it was actually meant for children. Though if your wife or girlfriend is scared of thrill rides, this smaller one will please you for sure.

Next ride was ‘RC Racer’. Worth being there for me but may not be for my wife. It was thrilled compared to the others but not too scary. So far this was the one I enjoyed.

Now we headed to ‘Hollywood Tower’ and experience was great. It looked like visiting a ghost bungalow where every possible thing was presented as scary as possible. Then finally main attraction of this tower was life threatening lift ride. Since no click was allowed inside so we couldn’t take one. But it’s a must go place.

Then we spend time walking around this park and took some nice clicks with our favourite characters. Had a refreshment with rolls and coffee and by 5.30 we headed to ‘Disneyland Park’. The lobby itself is beautiful and once you come out of it, you witness the most awaited ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’.

We selected ‘Space Mountain’ as our first ride and I think I made the mistake here. It was the most thrilled ride there and my wife almost vomited and got severe headache. Thanks to the evening parade which we joined just after this ride and was so joyful that we forgot the last experience.

Evening parade was just after the ‘Space Mountain’ and it was the best entertainment we called so far. It is a don’t-miss-at-any-cost-event.

Sleeping beauty castle was the next place and it was as beautiful as heaven. A perfect place to get some life time memorable clicks.

Sleeping beauty castle walk-through is an amusing walk. You have a couple of joy rides also to feel like a kid.

Our last ride was ‘Car driving’. With mild rain, this car drive was a good choice, though we waited for approx. 45 minutes in queue.

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Now it was almost 9 O’clock and we were damn hungry. we grabbed two subs and coke to fuel our empty tanks.

When we were about to leave, to our surprise, we witnessed the magical night show just over the castle. It was a storyteller show which was mixed with 3D images, fireworks and music. What a way to finish our day. With lots of memories in our mind and camera, we boarded the metro to back to our hotel.

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