Secret Amsterdam: 25 secret places to visit in Amsterdam

Secret Amsterdam: 25 secret places to visit in Amsterdam




I’ve been putting off this guide to secret Amsterdam for a while as living in Amsterdam has made me worry about sharing my secret places in Amsterdam where I go to avoid the tourists.  However, it’s not nice not to share.

In this guide to Amsterdam off the beaten path, you’ll be visiting some Amsterdam secret spots as well as some really non-touristy things to do in Amsterdam.  Keep reading for information on the interesting things to do in Amsterdam that you won’t read elsewhere as well as a map. 

Where to eat in the Hague by a local: Affordable restaurants in Den Haag

Where to eat in the Hague by a local: Affordable restaurants in Den Haag

Enough people have visited me in the Hague that I felt that it was time to put together a little eating guide with my favorite restaurants in the Hague.  I prioritize authentic and good food over a fancy atmosphere.  As a result, I’ve left off some of the many high caliber restaurants in the Hague worth visiting if you’re open to splurging a little.  (I also left off junk food in the Hague!).  I include plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.

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Where to find the best breakfast and brunch in the Hague by a resident

Where to find the best breakfast and brunch in the Hague by a resident

Is it weird that I consider breakfast a very important food group?  Maybe it’s my American upbringing, but I am a huge fan of breakfast and brunch.  This post is about the best brunch/breakfast cafes in the Hague by one very biased American couple living in the Hague.  I hope you get very hungry while reading this as I’m already planning my next brunch for this weekend…. I will be updating it periodically as new places open and other close.

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A perfect day exploring the adorable town of Dürnstein, Austria

A perfect day exploring the adorable town of Dürnstein, Austria

While researching where we would go while in Austria, I came across the fairytale town of Dürnstein, Austria.  This stunning town along the Danube is a popular day trip from Vienna although any history (and wine) lover is guaranteed to fall in love with Dürnstein.  I’ll be discussing the history of Dürnstein, why to visit Dürnstein, what to know about climbing Burgruine Dürnstein, and what to do in Dürnstein if you have an afternoon (or a day).

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Why you need to try the beer in Freistadt, Austria

Why you need to try the beer in Freistadt, Austria

Freistadt is a picturesque town in Upper Austria that many people miss on their trip to Austria, however beer lovers cannot miss this stunning town with a fascinating secret: a brewery owned by the residents of the city.   

Freistädter Bier is one of the most famous beers in Upper Austria and I include information about the history of this Austrian beer…and where to try it at its source!  I also include tips for spending a day in Freistadt.

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Your insider guide to best beer in the Hague with the best craft beer bars

Your insider guide to best beer in the Hague with the best craft beer bars

I’ve been in the Hague for almost a year now and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the thriving craft beer scene in the Hague!  As a craft beer lovers, both of us have been very busy trying out all the various breweries around the Hague and we solemnly promise to try to keep this updated as new exciting breweries come to the Hague.  I include my favorite craft beer bars in the Hague as well as beer shops.

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A brief travel guide to Enns, Austria: Austria’s oldest town

A brief travel guide to Enns, Austria: Austria’s oldest town

While staying in Upper Austria for three weeks, I ended up venturing across the river to the oldest town in Austria: Enns, Austria.  This charming town is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing morning or evening in a charming Austrian town. 

While sitting on the train, I overheard a proud Austrian man (wearing the most beautiful tratchen) telling my seatmate about Enns with a smile as he proudly told this stranger about Enns.  I was inspired by the lovely stories about Enns and ended up going together with my husband after putting on our finest trachten.

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Efteling Theme Park: The best theme park in the Netherlands

Efteling Theme Park: The best theme park in the Netherlands

As a lover of the strange and unique, it took me a long time to visit Efteling. Too long.  In case you haven’t heard of Efteling, the Efteling theme park is one of the best theme parks in the Netherlands and truly one of the most unique.  I grew up going to Disney every year and I have to say that Efteling is truly one of the best amusement parks that I’ve been to. Keep reading on why you need to visit Efteling, how to get to Efteling, and the best attractions at Efteling.

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