By Nicola Donovan Ah Amsterdam, the Dutch capital known for its red lights, cannabis and canals. No one knows how to party quite like the Dutchies, and King’s Day is…
It was only a matter of time before Stoke Travel offered a weekend trip to Amsterdam. The city of good times and excess and Europe’s premier twisted travel company are a match made in hedonistic heaven. With our partners in Amsterdam we can offer the city’s best experiences – from boat parties on canals, to erotic photoshoots in the city’s now-retired red light district. And you better believe that we’ll be hitting the best of the best of Amsterdam’s nightlife, as well as spending a bit of time in the city’s coffee shops, because what’s a trip to Amsterdam without smoking your way through a bunch of their infamous “coffee”?
Amsterdam's best experiences and events
Live Music & DJs
Boat Party and Nightlife
Stoke Travel’s crazy weekend in Amsterdam
The first time we went to Amsterdam was way back in 2008 during Stoke’s beginnings. From what we remember there were lots of truffles and mushrooms – and we’re not talking of the gourmet kind, greening out after requesting the mildest hash in the coffee shop, all of our paths through the city taking us through streets lit with red lights for some reason, and lots of real good times spent cycling around, exploring and partying. It was all in all a fabulous excursion into Amsterdam, but caused us enough physical discomfort to label the city “Amsterdamage”.
Now we go back for Kings Day at the beginning of May, but it’s been a while since we organised a proper Amsterdam Weekender. To relive that Amsterdamage spirit, but do it as the more responsible, more organised – but no less wild and fun – 2022 version of Stoke Travel. We want to channel the energy of those wild 2008 days, but to add the professionalism that you probably don’t realise goes into organising a Stoke Travel trip.
We’ll be staying in hostels that are perfect for travellers like us, so you don’t run the risk of staying with nerds or in crack houses. Our Amsterdam-based partners are responsible for getting 1000s of travellers into the most epic situations every year, and they’ll be advising us on the experiences and events that we need to get ourselves into – boat parties and their red-light district photo shoot experience, the sex theatre, and so on – and of course, and always, the legendary Amsterdam nightlife.
Of course this trip gets into the infamous Amsterdam nightlife
What more do we need in this life, than a wild night out in Amsterdam? Problem is, when we go to Amsterdam without the guiding advice of locals you can end up wandering the city looking for the party of your dreams, but end up getting coaxed into some dodgy pit of scammers by pimps and prostitutes and when you try to leave are hit with €100 bill for four beers… we speak from experience.
That’s why we rely on our local partners to get us into the best situations every weekend that we’re in Amsterdam. They’ve got their own bars, know every club in town, can get us all kinds of deals – basically doing a weekender with Stoke Travel means that all the guesswork in finding the right nightlife in Amsterdam is taken away and someone makes the decisions for us – and they’re not fucked up on boogie juice and various legal and semi-legal and we-don’t-want-to-know substances and so therefore they will make the best decisions.
Amsterdam Boat Party Weekender
They call it the Venice of the north – or maybe that’s Hamburg – but in any case Amsterdam is a city that’s built around its canal networks and therefore a really authentic way to see the city and have a little drinkie and a boogie while you’re doing so is on a party boat canal cruise. It feels like almost anything goes when we’re on the water, like the disconnect from dry land and its pesky rules inspires us to go a little wild, and that’s why we’re running boat parties all year in Barcelona, and why the boat party is an integral part of our Amsterdam weekender. Basically what happens on sea (on canal) stays on sea (on canal).
Amsterdam Nightlife Tips
The best Amsterdam nightlife tip that we can give you is to come with us for an Amsterdam Weekender, because our
- 2pm onwards: Start the trip with a beer and get ready to celebrate!
- You’ve got the afternoon and night to go out and explore what Amsterdam has to offer…Might we suggest a nice coffee shop, or if you’ve feeling adventurous, the red light district
- Bottomless brunch with mimosas
- 10am onwards: We’ll be kick starting the party
- 11pm: We’d recommend resting up to prepare yourself for the antics of tomorrow but feel free to keep the party going in town, you will always find a bar where the drinks are flowing
- 9am: Hot breakfast is served to help nurse the hangover
- 7pm: The streets begin to wind down but don’t worry, the party can continue on the ESN after party boat festival with over 600 people!
- We should have well and truly excelled ourselves at partying dutch-style and we could possibly be broken
- 9am: We’ll struggle our way through goodbyes over breakfast, but not before we’ve swapped Facebooks and photos and planned our next trip with Stoke Travel! If you have full day here still, we can organise optional tours to see the tulips, Bols Museum or the wind mills.
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Dutch is the language most predominantly spoken. Attractive to tourists because of its historical atmosphere and modern metropolitan society, this unique combination provides a friendly and relaxed environment, perfect for exploring this beautiful city. Amsterdam is filled with cute little buildings, streets, canals and squares which create an intimacy for tourists that can only be found in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam’s main attractions including it’s historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, it’s red-light district, and it’s many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 3 million international visitors annually.
How to get to Amsterdam
Fly to us
The best way to do it is to fly into the wonderful and busy Amsterdam Schiphol international airport.
Trains, buses and ferries
Amsterdam is well connected with the rest of the world by rail, sea and highway, so buses, trains and ferries are all great options.
Exciting news! Eurostar are releasing London to Amsterdam direct trains. To check how you’re meeting Stoke Travel in Amsterdam for King’s Day, check out GoEuro. Here you can easily compare trains, buses, flights, and even Bla Bla Cars.
Once you’ve made it to Amsterdam
Directions From The Airport
It’s very easy to get to the campsite from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. You can take the train from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam to Amsterdam Central Station. From there follow the signs to the bus station by going to the exit IJzijde. There you take the city bus number 32 direction Buikslotermeerplein or bus number 33 direction Nieuwendam. Exit at stop Merelstraat, from there the campsite is only 2 minutes walk away.
Directions From Central Station
It’s very easy once you are at Amsterdam Central Station. From there you follow the signs to the bus station by going to the exit IJzijde. There you take the city bus number 32 direction Buikslotermeerplein or bus number 33 direction Nieuwendam. Exit at stop Merelstraat. From there the campsite is only 2 minutes walk away.
Directions From The Campsite To City Centre
Take the busses number 32 or number 33 back to Amsterdam Central station. Find the exit Oostzijde. You can easily walk from here in the direction of the Dam Square or take number 4 direction Station RAI, 9 direction Diemen, 16 direction VU medisch centrum if you don’t feel like a 5 minute walk.
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My sight is blurry from seeing so much orange, and my head is fuzzy from so much…but man it’s worth it!
So much beer, so much orange, so much fun! Stoke Travel, thanks again for an incredible experience.
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Wow! I want to do that all over again. Amsterdam you were insane. Thanks Stoke Travel for an awesome weekend.
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